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6-8
Public
San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 960
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92124

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(858) 496-8080
(858) 576-4419
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May 22, 2014
This is a great school considering it's a affiliated to a large Public School District. We relocated from New England to San Diego due to the Military. My son was starting 7th grade with an IEP and my daughter is Gen Ed in 6th. I began calling the schools to get them enrolled in July and no one answered for weeks which worried me because I did not want them to attend Farb due to the rating that that school had. When they had open registration, I requested De Portola but was told they probably would not have room. Based on what I heard, when the Principal of De Portola went to the administration to pick up the packets of the new students, He took everyone that wanted to attend his school!!! This was an A++++ in my book!!! So thrilled!!! It's a big school, and you need to stay on your kids and assist the staff with teaching your children. They have new online grading system that you can access anytime to assist you in making sure your kids are doing what they are suppose to be doing. Many of the teachers rally around the kids and the support is great if your an involved parent with your kids learning! Love this school, and would recommend it as the best Middle school in SD!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
This is our first year, and so far I'm thrilled with the staff, activities, and everything in general :)

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2013
I went to this school in 1996 and back then I was an awesome school it had an after scool Judo Program during school you had lots of activities as well as an great educational program. Every friday had activties during lunch that everyone enjoyed sitting on the grass if you wanted. Very nice school to got to.

- submitted by a community member
December 24, 2012
i beg and plead and cried my mom to go to this school and she is sill thinking about so god oh god please let my mom send me to this school. and so far i have looked in the website and i want to go there so bad. it is one excellent school. the school year of being a fifth grader is almost over so tik tok tik tok LETS GO!!!

- submitted by a community member
July 31, 2012
Best ever I love this school !!!!!! Farb has nothing compared to this school! All I'm saying is that this school is better than farb more space and better avid

- submitted by a community member
December 12, 2010
my son attends De Portola middle. He is the the 7th grade and I must say it seems that the 6th grade teachers are more involved than the 7th grade teachers. The ones my son has dont seem to care very much about the students academic progress.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2010
My son is in 6th grade. He had a rough time at the beginning of the school year with the transition of elementary to the workload and structure of middle school, BUT with the constant communication with his teachers and with their encouragment and offering of extra help before and after school, he's excelling in all subjects and no longer needs extra help. Math was never his best subject and he dreaded doing math homework in elementary, but he's now maintaining a B and is excited about the subject. I credit this to his teacher!! I would highly recommend this school to EVERYONE!!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
This is the better of the 2 Middle Schools in the neighborhood, so I guess I can't complain too much. We are finishing up our 3rd year and feel that our student received a decent education but the teachers could have communicated a little better when our child's grades took a nose dive. I have 2 or 3 favorite teachers there but most of them were cold and impersonal when we tried to talk with them about issues. Many students at this school take advantage of the lack of supervision during P.E. This is when the kids think they can get away with cussing and bullying, and they sure do! We are hoping HS will be better.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2010
The classes are way too large for one teacher to focus on everyone's needs. There is a an escalating problem with more and more fights and bullying of others...the students just don't care about others...and the staff and teachers aren't quick enough in action.

- submitted by a student
January 21, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 26, 2009
This is an amazing school. The music program won three first place trophies at the Music in the Parks Festival and the Espre de Corps trophey and the best overall string orchestra trophey all at the same fesival in 2009. I am now entering the 8th grade and proud to be a de Portola Panther. All of the teachers and the principal are kind and they love to be involved in the school's lunch activities every Friday at Chill on the Hill. The food is great and when you need help with something the teachers, staff and counselers are always there for you. We are one of the schools to watch and the community is great. There are hardly any fights, maybe once in a school year and the social atmosphere is great, kids make friends quickly there. I would recommend de Portola Middle School in Tierrasanta to all students.

- submitted by a student
August 18, 2009
This school is GREAT. My son is entering 8th grade and due to the teachers' continued support and academic push, he has excelled the previous two years and is flourishing; with a 3.87 GPA in GATE (he's not a GATE tested student) but they realized his potential and advanced math, with a year of high school spanish under his belt and year two will be this year, who can complain. The work load is great and expectations are high, but this has made all the difference.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
February 19, 2009
I had to pull my child from this school due to the inability of some of the teachers and nurse in following procedures. I was regularly concerned for my son's safety. The transfer was the best thing we could have ever done for him!!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2008
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September 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
I have a son that attends De Portola in the 7th grade. I have rave reviews about De Portola From the principle to the teachers my son has had nothing but the most attentive support. The teachers are more then willing to go that extra mile to help a child and the principle also. My son does find the school academically challenging but he knows he has the support of the teachers that are willing to go that extra mile. Teacher, parent communication is also near top level. My son enjoys this school and will tell you he would rather attend De Portola then any other school. That has to mean a lot coming from a 7th skater boy Thanks De Portola Staff for making JR High a Great and Safe place to go!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
All the teachers are involved and coordinate many student activities. It is also a very safe school; fights, if they ever happen at all, are usually only a once a year occurrence. Overall, this is a great school for any student to go to!

- submitted by a student
February 17, 2008
This school has been the best school I've ever been to. I'm going to promote soon and I don't want to leave!!! The teachers are the best handsdown and the environment is awesome! Way to go DP!!

- submitted by a student
no rating December 11, 2007
What a delightful school our child is lucky enough to attend. Our student is currently an 8th grader & has been attending De Portola since the 6th grade. The experience has been nothing short of amazing. Our student has been an involved De Portola citizen, participating in school-sponsored sports, student government, a fun club, and more. The positive and friendly campus makes it incredibly enjoyable as a parent, to visit. We are both active volunteers on campus and are always so welcomed by De Portola's friendly administrative staff in the office. On top of all that, our student has received great guidance and acadmemic excellence in class. The teachers have been fantastic & have made school enjoyable, yet also providing an academic challenge for our middle schooler.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2007
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August 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2007
My two children went to DePortola but I pulled them out to homeschool. The learning environment was poor because teachers lacked the ability to instruct and lacked any assessment skills. They truly did not know how to specifically impart their knowledge to the students. I had a son in 6th grade and a daughter in 8th. They denied any resource help and could not even tell me my children's strengths or weaknesses within the first three months of school. The administrator (principal) lacks any leadership skills and is little more than a cheerleader for events that hardly matter. It was a very poor experience for all of us.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2007
De Portola is the most awesome middle school in san diego. I just graduated from there and not only are the activites great, but the teachers and the way they present things is awesome! My brother goes there now and i am sure he agrees with me when i say Deportola Rocks My socks! Teachers and administration work together to make the middle school experience not only educational but also fun!

- submitted by a former student
July 14, 2007
This school has great learning and the school is very very interested in their children! We have so many activities that almost everyone cries the last day of school not because they are happy but because the passion for their teachers and friends! IT ROCKS! I go there I would know!

- submitted by a student
June 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
I think this school is not good. I have my daughter there and she is going to graduate and I will not send any other of my kids there. They horrible teachers and there discipline stuff is to hard on the 6th 7th and 8th graders.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2006
This is a fun school and has a great environment of learning. There are not as many activities as most people would be interested in like more clubs that deal with art and more sports also. The principal's involvement with her student is outstanding. I love this school and my fun friends. Although, the counselors could give more advice to issues than just calling home.

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2006
I have two children who are going to De Portola, as a new person to the area, I have a few concerns. The class sizes are to large for the teachers to be able to provide needed instruction. School continously seeks to have more students per class for funding purposes. The classrooms are to hot for the students. San Diego County is weak overall in making the student the priority. The kids sell magazines to fund needed school programs that should be funded by district. More emphasis than what is placed on their school work.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2006
All those people that say de portola is bad is totally wrong! De portola is a great school.I go so I would know,

- submitted by a student
March 23, 2006
This school is a prisoner to high stakes testing and the administration is generally indifferent to, or passively aggressive about, resource-intensive special needs students. If you're a lock-step academically fixated parent with a compliant, smart kid then this school is for you! The school's won some awards for its academics, but, in my opinion, at a very high price in humanity and flexibility.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
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February 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2006
I feel that overall the teachers are good however, there is a certain teacher who loves to get the principal involved in parents emails when this can be dealt with by the teacher. I feel that the principal likes to step into things way to much instead of letting the parents and teachers take care of matters. If a teacher cannot deal with a parent through an email then how can we expect them to deal with students in there classroom?

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 19, 2005
Academic programs are good. There are not enough activities available.

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February 01, 2005
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September 17, 2004
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August 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2004
Portola is a clean school with a good music program (very important!) and a good magnet program. The school buletins constantly arrive a month late and the website is uninformitive. The principal is coridial. The PTA needs better recruitment strategies. The school as a whole has no recycling program, which I think is scandalous.

- submitted by a former student
May 04, 2004
This school has poor leadership. The administrators label children and maliciously try to undermine their success. Instead of encouraging a positive learning environment, they create a hostile environment for the children they target. I encourage parents to take a closer look at how their children are being treated.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2004
This school is fine if you are an 'average' kid. The school does not encourage knowing or learning more than your grade level. The band teacher probably has too many kids to give each individual attention.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2004
Great, creative, caring teachers and staff. This is the best school I've seen - my daughter misses it when she's gone, and she loves math now.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2003
I think deportola is a great school! It has a great principal and safety rules!!! i think any parent would love to have their teenage kid go to gasper de portola! im a student from there and i cant wait to go back to school for 7th grade!!!!!!!

- submitted by a former student
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De Portola Middle School
11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA  92124
(858) 496-8080
Last modified De Portola Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
De Portola Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top