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!!!
This is our first year, and so far I'm thrilled with the staff, activities, and everything in general :)
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.
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!!!
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
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of De Portola Middle School on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for De Portola Middle School, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.