School Information

  • Ponce de Leon Elementary Home of the Panthers

    Ponce de Leon Elementary - Home of the Panthers

    Address: 1301 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33756

    Phone: (727) 588-3573

    Fax: (727) 588-3700

    Pinellas County Schools Administration: (727) 588-6000

    Principal: Kristy James

    Grade Levels: Pre-K - 5

    Student Hours: 8:45AM – 2:55PM

    Students may enter the campus no earlier than 8:15AM. We ask families not to 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 



    Ponce de Leon Elementary is committed to the Pinellas County Schools vision of 100% student success. Instruction in the classroom supports diverse learning styles, provides real life experiences for all learners and nurtures self-esteem and lifelong learning. The staff at Ponce de Leon is dedicated to providing each child with a quality education to prepare them for their future learning experiences.


    Points of Pride

    • School-wide character education program
    • Proud Panther student recognition
    • Monthly family involvement events
    • Maria Edmonds Hispanic Achievement Award recipients
    • Carwise Minority Achievement Award recipients
    • PRIDE Achievement Award recipients
    • Principal’s Multicultural Advisory Committee
    • Girlfriends Club
    • Safety Patrols
    • Chorus Club of 4th and 5th grade
    • All Pro Parents
    • 1:1 student computers for home and school use
    • AVID school
    • PBIS Model School
    • Healthy School Bronze Award '20-'21
    • Dual Language immersion program KG-2nd grade and growing


    Special Services and Programs

    • Title I resources for reading and math
    • Project 23 Math & Reading intervention in KG-3rd
    • Extended learning supporting reading and math
    • SAVE club, Girlfriends, 5000 Role Models, 21st Century, Lunch pals mentorship program, and STEM clubs
    • Reading Recovery
    • Dual Language
    • Pinellas Early Literacy Initiative (PELI) PreK-2nd
    • Boys Read Book Battle and Battle of the Books


    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



    Download the Ponce De Leon Elementary Brochure (PDF)