Great wonderful teachers-the academic GATE classes really push higher thinking and give students a faster learning pace. Coming from private school we are thrilled with the higher quality of this school. What the reviewer below is mistaken about is that a similar school with the same demographics actually scores lower-it would get a score of 4 compared to the 9 score that de Portola scored. So it shows that we are an excellent school with excellent teachers! The only thing I agree with is the apathy of the principal in making it an even stronger school...with all the wonderful bright GATE students the possibilities to make the school shine are endless.
This school is decidedly lackluster. The Principal is distant and lacks any desire to manifest change. Their test scores are falling, and their same schools rank is a 4, which means they do a below average job of teaching to their population. Their office staff is unhelpful to the point of being rude.
I agree that while GATE may have been different the rest of the school is still great as the teachers are so top notch so we have not been affected as we are not in any special Ed program and my kid is thriving and happy!
My daughter transferred to this school in the beginning of 3rd grade, too late to be tested for GATE for that year. She thrived in GATE during her 4th grade year earning top honors throughout the year. Transferring from Anneliese Academy, a small private school, to de Portola was the best decision we've made for her education and sociological development. I'm proud to have my daughter at de Portola and I'm grateful for the opportunities she's been given.
We have 2 children at this school and it is fabulous. The GATE program really brings the whole school up a notch. de Portola is a GATE magnet school, so that means it draws in the top learners to come to the GATE classes. This means the high achieving students, both those in GATE and those that are not in the program, challenge each other. Our school is more diverse than many and still very high, so all learners grow here. The kids are nice, they have a beautiful garden program, and there is a TON of art, dance, plays, etc.
We have a 1st grader and a 5th grade GATE student at de Portola. We love all our talented & dedicated teachers, support staff and principal. The school activities have great support from the parents and local businesses.
Great school at which to sub. I get to see all the wonderful teachers and how hard they work to make education meaningful for their students.
Excellent school. always traying to get the best score from their students. Good teacher and Principal.
We love this school. Kindergarten is the best experience. The teachers really know what they are doing. The kids are participating in the Arts, Theater, Music, all while really taking off in Reading and their penmanship is remarkable due to what the teachers plan and do with them. The whole Kindergarten is just such a neat place for the kids. They even have a living garden and the kids eat vegetables out of it! The whole Kindergarten world is just what we wanted for our child. The school as a whole is great. It is a perfect place for kids.
All teachers at dePortola and the Principal genuinly care about the children and academic success.
Principal Gaebel leads our excellent group of dedicated staff with the support of an active PTA to offer our children the best possible education even under adverse economic conditios.
You won't find a better elementary school. Anywhere. It feels like a private school. The children plant vegetables in the gardens, the teachers are outstanding, the principal (Mr. Gaebel) is a top-notch leader. This is the school that cares.
My child is in the Kindergarten program at de Portola. They have raised chickens, planted a beautiful garden (wow!), and gone on fabulous field trips. The two teachers Ms. Ambellan and Ms. Call are top-notch educators. America would be a better place if all 5 year olds got such a good start.
This is a great school with excellent support from the parents, teachers and principal. Very happy that my child goes there.
De Portola is an amazing school and Mr.Gabel, the teachers and the volunteers do an amazing job!!! I love all the activities that we do and all the fundraisers!!! I love De Portola!!! :)
It is great I am a student there (Sarah Amundsen) and the teachers are great our princapal (Mr.Gabel) is excelent!!!!!!!!!! There are great students there that are smart and great to talk to it is soooooo much fun going there. I didn't want school to end but I guese the teachers need a break because they are doing a great job. Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!
Curriculem wise de Portola is a great school. Some of the teachers, such as Mrs. Ambellen, Mrs. Shafer and Mr. Pacak are truly superior educators. With a little bit of effort on the part of management de Portola could be a trully wonderful school.
My daughter loves her teacher! Mrs. Chrenow is a talented singer and she plays the guitar. She also enjoys going to school and TLC (before and after school care, conveniently located within the school compound), and has no complaints of any conflicts with teachers or students. Unfortunately, I have to work full time, which means I am not able to volunteer in the classroom. But there's a lot of parental involvement.
Fantastic teaching and administrative staff. I moved to Mission Viejo and felt 'embraced' by the community at dePortola. My two children have grown emotionally and intellectually. Everyday is a positive surprise for our family.
Great School! Very involved teachers who have constant communication with parents.
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