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  • Welcome to Ponce de Leon Elementary School! 

    Vision: We are dedicated to building a community of successful problem solvers who are prepared to be responsible citizens and celebrate diversity.

    Mission Statement: We are committed to:*Developing tolerance in all students  *Providing a structured, safe learning environment  *Instilling the belief that all students can learn *Linking standard-based instruction to real world applications  *Teaching students to persevere when faced with challenges  *Ensuring continuous learning for all.


    Student Hours:  

    8:45AM – 2:55PM

    *Students may enter the campus no earlier than 8:15AM. We ask families to not drop-off students before 8:15AM. Supervision will begin promptly at 8:15AM.

    School Hours:

    Front Office Hours: 8:00AM - 3:30PM

    Breakfast Time: 8:15AM - 8:40AM 


    Student Arrival (8:15AM-8:45AM) / Student Dismissal (2:50PM)

    Arrival/Dismissal Locations:

    • Blue gate – All Walkers & Bike Riders (Betty Lane)
    • Green gate – Car Riders only
    • Bus gate - Bus students only 
    • Yellow gate - PreK students and Siblings 

    If your child is a car rider, we kindly ask that you remain inside of your car. Please put a paper in your windshield using sizable print that has your child’s name and grade level. If your child is a walker or bicycle rider, we ask that you wait patiently at the designated gate exit for your child.


    Breakfast is free and served daily from 8:15AM-8:40AM. Kindergarten through Grade 2 students will receive a Grab and Go breakfast from the cafeteria. All students in grades 3-5 will receive a Grab and Go breakfast from the PE covered court. For students who do not want breakfast, they may sit outside of the door of their teacher’s classroom until 8:30AM. Staff will be stationed throughout the campus to supervise students. At 8:30AM, all students will be able to enter their classrooms. Teachers will be standing at their classroom door to greet them.


    Lunch is free and served daily. For students who bring their lunch from home, it may only be eaten during the class designated lunch time. Please be sure to avoid sending unhealthy foods/snacks/candy/drinks.


    For registration, please bring copies of the child’s birth certificate, shot records, and physical if necessary. If you have questions regarding registration, please contact Linda Pioquinto at (727) 588-3573 ext. 2007.

    School Dress Code:

    Ponce de Leon Elementary School is not a uniform school. Students may wear their regular clothes. Please be sure to adhere to the Pinellas County Schools dress code policy that can be found in the Student Code of Conduct. Please adhere to the following…

    • Safe and appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. No sandals/flip-flops. No hats or head-covering may be worn unless approved by the school principal for special observance/school events. Bandanas or sweatbands are not allowed to be visible on school grounds during the regular school hours.
    • Graphic tee-shirts should be free of violence (wording and images).
    • All shirts and blouses must cover midriff, back, sides, and all undergarments including bra straps at all times. All shirts, tops, and dresses shall have sleeves and cover the shoulders. No spaghetti straps shall be worn. All trousers, pants, or shorts must totally cover undergarments, including boxer shorts.
    • Form fitting leotard/spandex type clothing is not allowed unless proper outer garments cover to mid-thigh length or longer.
    • Clothing must be appropriate size, with the waist of the garment worn at the student’s waist.
    • Clothing not properly buttoned, zipped, fastened, or with inappropriate holes or tears shall not be worn.
    • Clothing and footwear traditionally designed as undergarments or sleepwear shall not be worn as outer garments.

    Dual Language Program:

    Are you interested in more information about our Dual Language Program?  Click on the link for details.  Dual Immersion Program


    Do you have a question/concern? We are here to assist you.

    Please contact our Front Office at (727) 588-3573.



     The Annual School Financial Report has been posted to the district website.  The report can be found by following the link below:


  • Guidelines:

    All students are encouraged to read as many books as they can on myON during the challenge period. Reading activity will be recorded automatically within each student’s myON account.Reminder: If students are reading offline, they should be sure to log back into myON with WiFi before November 28 so their reading activity is synched with their account.


    WinnersTop 10 winners will be selected from each grade level band based upon the highest percentage of books completed*.• Pre-K–2 • Grades 3–5Student activity will be reviewed to ensure that books are completed. Winning students will receive fun prizes! Top 5 Elementary Schools will be selected based upon the highest percentage of books completed*. Winning schools will be recognized with a school banner! Ramp Up YourReading Energywith myONPinellas Fall Reading ChallengeOctober 25 – November 28,©Copyright 2021 Renaissance Learning, Inc. All rights reserved. 493100.0918*Note: For books to be counted as completed, students must read them all the way to the end and click on the “I have finished reading this book” button.

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