Students enrolled 256
School leader Eduardo Reyes
Transportation options Yes
District Sweetwater Union High School District

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467 Moss Street
Chula Vista, CA 91911

(619) 796-7320
(619) 420-5663
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4 stars
Based on 13 ratings

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September 03, 2014
I'm a graduate of this school, and I fully believe it was absolutely the best possible thing for me. The small class sizes ensured the teachers were approachable, and the education was personal. The late starting time kept me from falling asleep during classes that would normally be at 7 or 8 am (which is a common thing for teenagers). In addition, the 100 minute classes ensured there was time for in depth learning, as opposed to 30 minutes of material, and the 15 minutes of unrest at the beginnings and ends of each class period in traditional schools. All of the staff were incredibly supportive of my education, even as a student who had disciplinary issues, who would have been lost in a crowd at a larger school. I sincerely hope this school can continue to be the fantastic resource it was for me, and turn around the lives of many more kids like myself.

- submitted by a community member
February 03, 2014
(Pg.2) Continuing my review, this is a great school for every student. The only problem that I can currently find at this school is that there are not enough ap, honors, or elective classes. This problem, however, is not much the fault of the school. There are not enough teachers to teach those courses or enough room in the classrooms. The district also restricts the school from being able to fix some of these problems. Luckily, the school has found a solution which is to have a contract with a nearby school to take a class that they offer that this school could not have. This school has a schedule from 12:15 to 5:55 pm which is better for the students because by that time the student's brain is fully functional and ready to learn which is later reflected positively on the students grades, or at least those who make an effort. There have been reviews that say that students are not allowed to walk around in public in the morning but they can, however, the only way that they can is by carrying their school I.D. card and showing it to a police officer if they are stopped so that they don't run the risk of being arrested for truancy. This school has great staff members. (Erika)

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2013
Considering enrollment in Options Secondary School? (aka. The Portal) UPDATE: In spring of 2013, the City of Chula Vista revised its Municipal Code 9.09.030 (Truancy) which affects minors who are enrolled in public school. Although the city still maintains its 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM daytime curfew on school days, the ordinance no longer applies to "alternative" students who are NOT truant. For students enrolled in Options Secondary School, this means that you are NOT in violation of this ordinance if you are NOT CONSIDERED TRUANT FROM YOUR SCHOOL. The police may still stop and question you during these hours, so remain pleasant and cooperative. If you are a pedestrian (and not on your school's campus,) you are NOT REQUIRED to show either your school ID or a state-issued ID to the police. DO give your name and address and the name of your school to the officer and let him know that it is an "alternative" school which is not in session, and therefore you are not considered truant. The officer may decide to call the school or the school district to confirm your information, but if it all checks out you will probably be free to leave. Best of luck!

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2013
A great school. It offers small class size of about 27/1 for more hands on teaching environment. The portal caters to grades 7 thru 12. Before coming to this school my daughter was constantly teased and bullied. She was in the IEP program getting below proficiency grades. At the Portal the bulling stopped, her grades went up to A and B with overall grade point average of 3.07. She no longer needs to be enrolled in the IEP program. Now my daughter is happy and looks forward to school. I asked my daughter this morning if she would like to join the ASB. She is giving it consideration. The program structure at this school resembles that of a charter school with a full 6 year WASC accreditation and a-g courses required for collage/university enrolment along with Academic scholarship program for enrolment at UCSD. Classes are held in the afternoon. It is my opinion that this helps kids by keeping them busy, focused and away from negative influences in the community. I would like to mention that this school is an alterative school so it accepts enrollment from outside Chula Vista. Many kids come from Imperial Beach, San Ysidro, National City, South San Diego, and surrounding areas.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2012
Earlier this year (2012) we were considering this alternative school for our middle-school student and I was surprised not to find any recent comments on this board, so I visited their campus and talked with a few teachers who were very helpful. I think it is a great idea that they hold their classes during the afternoon hours as studies have shown that many teens are not operating at optimal levels earlier in the day. I also checked into a previous poster's concern about the curfew in this area, and after discussing it with several students and city officials, I learned that it does create a serious conflict - not allowing alternative students to be in public during the morning hours. Seems very unresonable to me, and therefore we chose not to enroll here. BTW, I just looked them up on the district website and they have changed the school's name to The Portal.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
My child is currently attending this school and has successfully maintained a high grade point average and has successfully passed the CASHEE on the first try, thanks to all the practice study preparation given by teachers before the exam. The teachers communicate well with parents regarding student classroom progress. Tutoring service is made available before school for all school subjects. School Councelors are informative and helpful and have a open door policy. I personally know of students who've attended/graduated and moved onto Universities and are doing very well. Students at SAILS get all the same education as regular High School in the area; but without all the extra electives and the over crowded classrooms. A majority of the students that get enrolled into this school half way through the semester are the "last resort or your not passing" students from local High Schools around town. The teachers at SAILS seem to get students focused and back onto track. All in all, this is a great school! Students who work hard, stay focused and respect them selves and others will be successful and will go onto to big and better futures.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
This school is horrendous. There are a few good teachers, but for the most part students attending will get nothing out of it. I was a good student and I was told not to bother going to college since I was coming from here. There isn't even currently a principal at this school and there is no discipline. You want to send your kid where they'll be safe and be able to learn? Then sadly, like many other schools nearby, this isn't the right school. The best option to go to this school is if your failing elsewhere and this is the only way for you to get a diploma. Don't come here and expect to go to college.

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2010
This school's unique 3-class a day schedule is made possible by requiring that each student's daily physical education be conducted as an off-campus independent study during non-school hours, and the logical time to accomplish this is during the A.M. hours before school begins each day. Sadly, the city of Chula Vista has a daytime curfew between 8:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M., and your student risks being arrested if seen in any public place. This school seems unconcerned about this risk, and the impact on their students. The local police will arrest your child and do not care if truancy is not an issue.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 30, 2008
I am greatly impressed with our Principle and I do feel the school overall has my daughters interests at heart. Some of the students leave a bit to be desired but all schools have their problems with some students, and I know my own daughter has her off days as well. The cirriculum is outstanding and my daughter has flourished here compared to Mar Vista Middle School. I wouldn't want my daughter any where else. This is a number 1 top quality school in comparision with all the rest, I feel very fortunate to have this school as an option for my daughter. Thank You for being available to my student all the others who attend here. You are doing an excellant job, keep up the outstanding work both staff, teachers and principle :-) Sincerely, Theresa Sandoval Greatful Parent

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2007
I would definitely recommend this school to any parent whose child might be struggling in a regular public school. sails academy brought my daughter to her full potentials, from straight F's to straight A's. Staff is always polite and willing to assist the students as well as the parents. Sails is the best school here in SD, this is why I remain in San Diego, so that my two daughters can finish their school and continue in SDSU, just like I'm doing at this point after almost 15 years without attending college. Please be aware that this is not a school where problematic kids end up, this is a school that works with kids who have good behavior, no truancies, and over all willingness to succeed in the future.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2006
This school needs to get everything straight because students are having a hard time here and don't really like some of the teachers.To have extra activities you have to pay a large sum of money each month.The parents are involved in some ways because they know that this school is alot different from others and they need to keep an eye on it to make sure the teachers are doing what they should be doing.

- submitted by a student
May 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2005
My son attends COLS ( Centers for Learning by the Sea) and I could not ask for a better enviroment. He is a happy, eager and a well adjusted young man and student. He wants to go to school and looks forward to his time there. As a mother of a 13 year old boy I could not be happier. He wants to be there! I never go to pick him up and see a sad or lonely face on one of the kids. There is a sense of calm and friendship. It is a place of comfort and the kids all seem to love learning there. The staff is all very helpful and seem to actually care about these young people and their education; that in itself is a gift! I am extremely glad that I have this school to send my son to.

- submitted by a parent
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Options Secondary School
467 Moss Street, Chula Vista, CA  91911
(619) 796-7320
Last modified Options Secondary School is a Public school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Options Secondary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 14 reviews. Top