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.
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.
All those people that say de portola is bad is totally wrong! De portola is a great school.I go so I would know,
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.
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?
Academic programs are good. There are not enough activities available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!!!
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