The primary goal of our school is to develop and maintain a culture that fosters positive interpersonal relationships, promotes academic excellence, and emphasizes respect for cultural diversity. To meet the needs of our children, we will utilize a variety of instructional strategies which include differentiated instruction, flexible grouping, inclusive practices, experimental learning, and data-driven instruction. All instruction will focus on the development of critical thinking skills. The expected outcome is high growth in academic achievement for every student, as well as meeting their social and emotional needs on a daily basis.Polo Ridge is a neighborhood school that received a school grade of an A for the 2021-2022 school year!Twenty-nine classroom teachers are supported by 5 teacher assistants in addition to the following support staff: one full-time art, music, physical education, and technology teacher. We also have a Media assistant (for Media classes) and an assistant that runs our Mind and Muscle Lab as part of our Special Area rotation. In addition, we have one talent development/catalyst teacher, two academic facilitators, two school counselors, a school psychologist, one EL teacher, two EC teachers and one EC assistant, one Assistant Principal, one Dean of Students, and a Principal. Of our teachers, 100% have eight years of experience or more and over 40% of our teachers hold advanced degrees. All teacher assistants are utilized as instructional assistants and are responsible for working with students in small groups during workshop time throughout the school.Developing the whole child is a priority, which is why we offer numerous before and after-school enrichment clubs that target students' interests. We also offer a Before and After School Education Program which operates daily from 6:45-8:15 and 3:45-6:00.