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De Portola Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 960 students

 
 

 
 
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4 stars

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 2, 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


Posted August 19, 2005

Academic programs are good. There are not enough activities available.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted May 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

866

Change from
2012 to 2013

-5

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

866

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-5

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school's test score performance improved between Spring 2012 and Spring 2013. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

316 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
n/a
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
62%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
60%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
10%

2010

 
 
11%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students80%
Females85%
Males76%
African American61%
Asian80%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduate64%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state95%

Math

All Students72%
Females72%
Males73%
African American50%
Asian76%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability39%
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented88%
Parent education - not a high school graduate40%
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to state84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students96%
Females92%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)100%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students75%
Females80%
Males70%
African American64%
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disability54%
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented89%
Parent education - not a high school graduate56%
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state80%

Math

All Students59%
Females66%
Males53%
African American38%
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino35%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability14%
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented85%
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to state55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students48%
Females47%
Males49%
African American22%
Asian76%
Filipino71%
Hispanic or Latino34%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disability20%
Students with no reported disability50%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented70%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)30%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate68%
Parent education - declined to state35%

English Language Arts

All Students72%
Females77%
Males67%
African American57%
Asian73%
Filipino87%
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented88%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state50%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students69%
Females68%
Males70%
African American48%
Asian73%
Filipino93%
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to state48%

Science

All Students80%
Females79%
Males82%
African American65%
Asian77%
Filipino100%
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner15%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state50%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 39%
Hispanic 36%
Two or more races 10%
Asian 6%
Black 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47%N/AN/A
English language learners 7%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • California Distinguished School (2003)
  • Taking Center Stage: Schools to Watch (Modle Middle School) (2003)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Schools to Watch (2011)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:50 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ryan Brock
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (858) 576-4419

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Vista Grande elementary School
Tierrastanta Elementary School
Kumeyaay Elementary School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Serra High School
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11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92124
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Phone: (858) 496-8080

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