Ponca City School District is the 20th largest district in Oklahoma, with over 5,300 students attending 10 fully accredited schools. The schools attract the finest teachers because of the district's commitment to excellence in education, one of the highest salary schedules in the state and the facilities. The district is known as a leader in the state, if not the nation, for the professional development provided to the employees. The district takes pride in having 31 Nationally Board Certified teachers, 31% of teachers with advanced degrees, and an average student/teacher ratio of 13/1. Ponca City's ACT scores are continually above state and national averages.
Ensuring the success of each individual student is the district's primary responsibility, resulting in the district being a leader in the development and implementation of full-day early childhood programs, after school tutoring, mentoring, summer school and alternative school programs. In addition to strong academic programs, students have many opportunities to participate in fine arts, athletics and leadership programs, encouraging personal and social development beyond the classroom.
Ponca City School District's relationship with the community sets it apart from other districts. Over the past 10 years, citizens have passed over $40 million in bond issues. Our citizens are proud of our schools and are committed to making sure that our students have what they need for the 21st century.
(Source- Ponca City Public Schools-ponca.ok.schoolwebpages.com)
Ponca City Lifestyle
Strategically located within 90 minutes of three major metropolitan communities, Ponca City has the amenities normally found only in larger communities, but without the hassles of traffic jams, overcrowding, high utility rates and urban crime. In an ever-changing world, risk management is a crucial aspect that every company must explore. No one is risk free, but Ponca City’s setting in the heartland is recognizable as a premier "safe haven" location. Our proximity to I-35 and to three major metropolitan areas makes us a valuable attraction both geographically and strategically.
(Source- Ponca City-http://www.poncacityok.gov)
Ponca City Transportation
Highways US-177 and US-60 intersect in Ponca City. Stillwater is under an hour away and Enid is an easy hour commute from Ponca City.
Ponca City Local Attractions/Activities
Ponca City residents enjoy free city-wide Wi-Fi in addition to many national and local restaurants and shopping centers. Ponca City offers a variety of historical and outdoor attractions including the AMBUC Pool, EW Marland Mansion & Estate and Lew Wentz Golf Course.
Ponca City –History
Early in the spring of 1893, B.S. Barnes, having heard that the Cherokee Strip was to be opened for settlement, headed for Arkansas City with the hope of building a new city in this frontier area. Barnes had sold his furniture manufacturing plant in Adriane, Michigan, desiring to make his fortune on “The Strip.”
After driving for many days, with a team and buggy, over what is now referred to as the counties of Kay, Grant, Garfield, and Noble, he observed a wagon road in Kay County that ran from Arkansas City southward and crossed the Arkansas River at a point one mile south of the present Arkansas River Bridge near Ponca City. The B&M Ford was located at this point, and had been used for years, as a buggy and wagon crossing. About a mile northeast of the ford on the same wagon road, was a spring.
The fact that the spring was a good water source and was located on the main road to the Osage Country, caused Barnes to decide that near this point was the logical site for his contemplated city. Barnes went back to Arkansas City to announce the location of the new city and to organize the Ponca Townsite Company.
Certificates for lots were sold by the Ponca Townsite Company for $2 each, and it was understood that each certificate would be good for one business lot or two residence lots, the location to be determined by a “drawing.” The certificates were to give the holder a prior claim to the lots, and after proper title had been vested in the claimants of the quarter sections of the new city, deeds were to be issued at a reasonable cost.
Mr. Barnes interested people in this program and in so doing, banded them together to help build the new City of Ponca. This is believed to be the first instance of a new city being started with a town lot drawing. On September 21 four days after the Oklahoma Land Run, surveyors completed surveying the selected section of land into streets and lots, and the lot drawing began. And such was the beginning of Ponca City!