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: 8:30 AM – 2:55 PM

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

    School Hours:

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

    Breakfast Time: 8:15 AM - 8:40 AM 

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

    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 
    • AVID school
    • PBIS Model School
    • Healthy School Bronze Award '20-'21


    Special Services and Programs

    • Title I resources for reading and math
    •  Reading intervention in KG-3rd
    • Extended learning supporting reading and math
    • SAVE club, Girlfriends,  Lunch pals mentorship program, and STEM clubs
    • Reading Recovery
    • Pinellas Early Literacy Initiative (PELI) PreK-2nd
    • Boys Read Book Battle 


    Vision: 100% Student Success


    Mission Statement: 

    Educate and Prepare Each Student for College, Career and Life