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6-8
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Tarzana, CA
Students enrolled: 1,899
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18720 Linnet Street
Tarzana, CA 91356

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(818) 654-3300
(818) 996-0292
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February 04, 2015
I am a student currently attending Portola Middle School. All in all, that school isn't a good fit for many people. Yes, it's a MAGNET school and it has all those Honors classes, but that doesn't mean a thing. I was new there in 7th grade, and unless you've got extremely high social skills, a friend attending there, or extremely pretty, you're bound to be a loner there. I HATE that school. The honors coordinater, Susie Miller, she doesn't pay care, along with the counselors. The counselors are either never there or too busy to talk to you. The teachers are okay. The music teacher is too judgemental. If you've got a choice, I suggest that you don't go here. If you're not in MAGNET, they are mean to yoU. I warned you.

- submitted by a community member

September 30, 2014
This is our 1st year at the school and I love it so far. I believe it is one of the best schools around. Parent involvement is wonderful. The kids in the Highly Gifted Magnet are adequately challenged but not overwhelmed.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2014
honestly almost every student there is bullied and the staff could care less about it the kids here are out of control with use of illegal substances and bullying

- submitted by a parent

May 24, 2014
Portola has an AMAZING academic record and is a great place to go to. The drama teacher Mr. Richardson teaches the students very well while they still have fun. The yearbook advisor, Mr. Kowalick, leads the yearbook staff in a good direction into making our great award winning yearbook! Some great teachers at this school are: Mr. Kowalick (6th grade honors english & history), Ms. Coda (7th grade honors english), Mr. Richardson (drama), Mr. Aeen (creative writing & 6th grade teacher), Mrs. Gutierrez (7th grade honors math), Mr. Lyman (P.E for all grades), Mr. Baker (P.E. for all grades) and PLENTY more! The teachers (from my experience) except 1 all taught me well and made sure i enjoyed my time. The campus is nice and leadership provides contests and music on fridays during lunch. The afterschool program also is great if you would like to put your child in it. This is one amazing school. The ONLY reason why you would hate this school is because there are some stuck up rude people in school you have to ignore, and that you just had some bad teachers :) I hope every good student who needs a good middle school will attend here and learn plenty!

- submitted by a community member

April 28, 2014
Our son attends the Portola HGM Magnet and we are all pleased. The transition from elementary school to this school was a little rocky at first but now he is smooth sailing! The teachers are always challenging him and he is thriving in this rigorous program. He is in 6th grade and we are blessed that this school is available.Mrs. Olson, Mrs. Garcia is a wonderful magnet coordinator and works very hard for all for our students. The campus is clean and the office staff is friendly.He has lots of friends. The principal, Dr. McClay is very welcoming and keeps us all informed at what is going on in the school. Awesome!!! Mrs. Shah...science program jammed packed with cool things to do...Awesome!!! Mrs. Olson...English taught by the finest.....Awesome!!!Mrs. Caulkins...What an amazing music teacher.....Awesome!!! Mr. Atamian... Thanks for getting him moving!!!Mr. Stevenson... Thank you for all the Great History Lessons...Mrs. Toborowski...Thank you too..GREAT AMAZING MAGNET!!

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2014
I have to say that I am sorry my daughter is graduating now that there is a competent Principal in place. Dr. McClay has brought structure to a school that was a disgrace before with Ms. Shaha. There is now a good band, orchestra, even school plays with professional acting coaches ! Dr. McClay is just wonderful and if she would go to a high school, I would have my child follow ! There is still work to be done with some of the teachers competence, but she is on top of it I am sure.

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2014
Portola is good if you're in the Highly Gifted Magnet, and the magnet kids are all friends with each other because the magnet has only about 240 kids. As for my experience? Excruciating. I'm in honors, and most kids in the honors program here are very stuck up and cliquish. It's so hard to make friends here because it's such a huge school for a middle school. I had a friend but she moved to Agoura and is now at Lindero Canyon Middle School. Unless you know kids at Portola from your elementary school, you won't make friends from day one. The math and science honors teachers are so lazy. The school, unlike Millikan, S.O.C.E.S and many other middle schools, has a very mediocre drama program. The instructor does not put on any real plays or musicals because he lets the kids make re-enditions of them, thinking that 12-13 year olds can write plays! I have been in so much agony these past 3 years. I got bullied twice in 6th grade. The homework amount is ridiculous for pre-teens. This was good when my mom attended it, but now it's for the birds. I can't wait to graduate in 3 months and have a better experience in high school, at Calabasas or El Camino, which have amazing programs. :)

- submitted by a community member

January 31, 2014
This school is the BEST! The adults all know my name, yet it is my first year at Portola. I am a sixth grader in the Magnet program. The new principal knows my name, both ladies in the main office, and most of the yard aids. This school has a strict no bullying policy, so the school is bully-free. There is the occasional bullying, but that can usually end up in detention, paper-pickup, or suspension. We have a 30 minute drive every day, but it is worth it. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone and everyone who asks, "What school do you think I should go to?" BEST SCHOOL EVER!

- submitted by a community member

October 30, 2013
GPMS is a good school, our child has been in this school for 1 year , from mid 7th-8th, and has no complains so far.

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2013
I would give this school zero star if I could. The worst middle school honors program in the valley. Unless you are in the HG magnet, stay away from this school !!!

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
This school does not prepare students adequately for high school. Even in the honors program, my straight A son could not pass a take home test my neighbor's son had from his school. Over the years, we have been disappointed overall with the quality of the teachers and the principal, and now there is a fair comparison of how prepared my son REALLY is. The new principal seems to have a strong impact on the teachers as there is a definite change in atmosphere (for the better ! ) but I fear it is too late for my son to feel any change in the teaching levels. Overall, the academics here is not very challenging - I'd like to believe my boy is very smart - he gets great grades, but it seems that this is due to the teaching and/or material not being challenging enough. He'd get crushed at a different middle school.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
This school may have a great magnet program . My child is an honor student. She is a straight A's student. But the honor class for 7th grader is just poorly taught by bad teachers with silly homework. The work the kids learn in class is below the honor level of other schools. My kid is bored out her mind, student in honor asking silly questions in class and the teachers does not stay with the subject. I am considering changing school or home school my kid. Public school are not teaching her the education she need to prepare for high school. I drive 35 min everyday to this school and feel like its a waste of time and gas. I would not take my kid here if I knew better . The last 5 weeks is just a waste of time. The teacher has not taught anything valuable.

- submitted by a parent

September 05, 2013
Mr marsh is flat out amazing you could go to him with any problem and its solved in no time flat

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September 05, 2013
The athletic coaches were amazing and they train there players to always win and not to lose

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September 04, 2013
Portala has been wonderful for my daughter. She is in honors. I was worried about her attending such a large school, but I could not be happier with my decision. Socially and academically, she has grown beyond my expectations. I had always considered private school for her high school years, but because of my experience at portola, I may reconsider that decision.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2013
I am very happy so far with the school. The school seems well organized and focused on high achievement.

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August 20, 2013
Portola Middle School Yes Yes Yes Very good school, they take care in any issue anytime you need them..

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August 08, 2013
My children attend the HGM at this school. The teachers are keyed into the different way the children in the program think and learn. They are talented, thought provoking and encourage discussion. The Music program is incredible. Mrs. Calkins is a gift to this school. Mrs. Toborowski and Mr. Okimura clearly have an impact on the students. They challenge the students to think outside their comfort zone. Ms. Garcia, the Dean for the HGM students helps guide both the students and the parents as they navigate through this pivotal time in the students' academic careers. The parent group is aggressive (in a positive way) and truly have a voice in how this school operates. Love it here!!!

- submitted by a parent

July 23, 2013
I have had multiple children attend this school over the past six years and have always been extremely pleased. I am concerned about the pending change in Principal's as Ms. Shaha was wonderful. She was incredibly responsive and worked closely with my child and her special Ed needs. I find the majority of teachers and other staff to be personable and caring. It is clear there is a lack of funding which would help with more electives and extra curricular activities. My kids have stated they like the campus and the layout, especially my youngest liking the separation of the sixth graders from the older kids. Although there have been problems with some teachers it appears the issues were handled appropriately and in a timely manner. I would (and have) recommend this school to many family members and friends. If every school in LAUSD were operated like Portola the District's image would be greatly enhanced.

- submitted by a parent

May 04, 2013
I am a parent and contacted the Principal's office after my child told me about the amount of movies being shown in class. I get that movies related to subject matter are appropriate - this is not the case. During last week's CST tests my child watched over 3.5 hours of movies during the school day. That is more than they watch at home in a week! I asked my child about movies in other classes and they made a list of 16 movies they have seen in band, math, science, english and homeroom. Seeing Toy Story, Back to the Future 1, 2 and 3, Thomas the Tank Engine, Mega Mind, Men in Black and several others which had nothing to do with classes is absurd. I never received a call back from the Principal. After repeated calls, I spoke to the assistant Principal who stated that the 3+ hours of movies shown in homeroom was due to the CST tests and he cannot ask homeroom teachers to prepare a plan to entertain the kids during that time. Why not? They are teachers accustomed to preparing lesson plans. I also reminded him that they are not there to entertain the kids, but to teach them. I am sure this fell on deaf ears. There is absolutely no commitment to learning here.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2013
Portola is unbelievable my daughter got bullied and the teachers didn't report it until I went to the school and threatened to sue then it got me so furious . So if you won't your kid to be( spat on, called names, kicked around, come home crying each and every day) pick this school!!! It is worth CUSING about.

- submitted by a parent

April 23, 2013
Portola has been an excellent school for my daughter. She has been very happy in the highly gifted magnet - the teachers are imaginative and challenging and her fellow students are great. Her electives and more recent PE courses have been taken with the regular school teachers and students and, though less academically challenging than the magnet courses, she has learned a lot from them and certainly enjoyed the students and teachers. The administration is wonderful. We had issues with some obnoxious boys the first year, but the administration handled that well. I could imagine that some students/parents might have a bad experience at Portola. It is a pretty urban school with a lot of diversity. Parents and students, and teachers for that matter come here with a range of life experiences. That has been a good thing for my daughter, but not without some rough patches - life is all about learning to navigate through those rough patches. This is a good school to learn, not just to navigate through life, but to be challenged and to excel! Portola is an incredible school and my daughter has been well prepared to enter North Hollywood Highly Gifted in the fall.

- submitted by a parent

March 04, 2013
Great school, great teachers and staff. My child is very happy here and feels very at home. She is in the Honors Program and loves it. It is a big school and there are a lot of choices for her.

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September 28, 2012
This is the worst school ever! The staff are very rude and teachers don't care about students. There is no communication between teacher-parent. If you want your kid to success then don't enroll him/her here : /

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2012
This school gets 840 API scores! How bad can the teaching be to have that as the api schoolwide average! The campus is landscaped beautifully. All teachers and the school info can be found on the website for homework assigned and emailing a teacher. The only problem I see is that there needs to be more openings for 7th grade HG magnet students as those that complete the eagle rock HG magnet thru 6th grade have a slim chance getting in to 7th HG magnet. 0ver 25 never got off the waiting list! They are suppose to choose to leave the eagle rock HG magnet early after 5th grade or complete that HG magnet to 6th grade and hope you are one of the top 3 grade wise to get in to the HG magnet at 7th. Disgraceful to have to make that choice and what, the wannabe 7th grade HG magnet kids of eagle rock HG magnet without being the top 3 grade wise should just digress from a HG magnet continuation?

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2012
We just finished the second week of school and my child is already off to a bad start with one of his teachers, most likely due to my questioning the teacher. Assignments aren't credited, documetns which I sign for my child to return aren't documented that I signed, so I resign duplicate documents and "points" are lost. They expect your child to be an adult. It was the second week of school, give a child a break.

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2012
I recently graduated from Portola (best day of my life). For those who are considering sending their children there, I have only one thing to say: if your child is not in the highly gifted magnet program, then badddd idea! I was in all honors classes. The class size was challenging 40-45 kids a class!) the kids are complete delinquents, the teachers couldn't care less about the well being of their pupils. The authoritive figures are plain mean and don't spend anytime focusing on the REAL problem students. The school is super poor, and the electives are awful. Unless you are blessed enough to make it into the school music program, then have fun taking mediocre elective classes that most students ditch anyways. Despite the excellent music program, the arts funding are, alas! being cut because of LAUSD's budget cuts, and Ms. T the excellent music teacher gets pink slipped every year. Its a matter of time before the arts are completely cut. Maybe if they spent less money paying the administrators there would be actually enough money to buy toilet paper for the school bathrooms. Needless to say, my middle school experience did not leave me with fond memories.

- submitted by a community member

July 27, 2012
My child no longer attends & I am writing this because close friends are researching putting their child here & are using this as a resource and I want to help out other searching parents. A great majority of 6th graders (including us) do not return for 7th grade due to student body issues & general school issues. A great statistic for this website (and the school website) would be the attrition/transfer out rate. As parents, we felt our child was under challenged & we were under communicated with on important issues. We are much happier at SOCES where there is a strong culture throughout the administrators and student body. At Portola, we knew all about candy drives, but not what was being done to challenge/stimulate our child. I also remember is that I never received a return phone call. A personal phone mail mailbox system would be helpful as you are at the mercy of the person taking the message. The students are communicated with as a group only through intercom messages, which really removes any personal touch or impression of leadership or school culture. Very hands off. Our child was very quiet and aloof when attending here, I believe due to the aloof culture.

- submitted by a parent

July 10, 2012
I need to add to the my response below. Portola hopes to become one of the District-charter hybrids beginning in 2013-2014. I encourage the parent who wrote the July 9 poor review to join us on the school-based management team. The problems behind your complaints can be fixed but I need the power of concerned parents to move the walls in the way. If all you can do if complain ... well T-Y for doing it in a place where I can share it with my peers. BUT WE NEED YOU to improve this school. Find me. You'll recognize me by my attitude. P.S. There are more truths in your review than half-truths & misUs added together. Forgive me if I implied they were there equallyJFS.

- submitted by a teacher

July 10, 2012
I have not received the required notification to parents either about the tteacher who is being investigated by LAPD. I agree that the school staff leaves a lot to be desired and the phone messages are more nuisance than news. If the principal is doing the hiring then the problem is her. Two teacher investigations in two years is just icing on the cake - the non-magnet, non-honors classrooms and teachers are just awful. Your kid is under-challenged and the teachers are either over their heads or inept.

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2012
I am an alumini of Gaspar De Portola Middle School and i loved my time there. it had many good teachers who advise you when you need help. There were many good art, educational and physical programs there. it is a very good school and i recommend everyone who are thinking of sending there children there to stop thinking and send them there.

- submitted by a community member

November 17, 2011
I am currently an 8th grader in the highly gifted magnet. I love this school and the quality education I recieve from it. It's safe and the school grounds are clean. I have faced no bullying problems, but I suppose some people on this site are much too sensitive when it comes to that. My only problem is the non-magnet kids who don't care at all about school or their future and act openly about it. I'm disappointed that money is going to fund these kids rather than us magnet students who work so avidly.

- submitted by a community member

November 07, 2011
I am currently an 8th grader in the magnet program and I think the relations between those not is weak, even hostile. The magnet program I actually like a lot and I think it gives gifted a chance to know other gifted kids and compare themselves. The kids outside of magnet have very low expectations set by the teachers and I really dislike that part. Although, I do not believe this is the teachers' faults. The quality of magnet students over the three years I have been here has dropped to nearly the same level as honors students. The magnet program is also falling apart due to low funding. Compared to other schools, Portola no longer can compete in competitions such as Mathcounts where Portola used to be one of the best. Overall, I think that kids are just getting less intelligent every year and the funding gets cut too resulting in a drop in quality of the school itself. The magnet program was a good idea but I do not think it will be able to sustain itself much longer. Still, I think it is an average school because despite all of the happenings, the CST test scores show that the school is still above average. The environment isn't the best but the kids still end up learning.

- submitted by a community member

November 01, 2011
PORTOLA HAS A GREAT AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM CALLED YS PLUS. THE COACHES HERE ARE CARING, HELPFUL, AND VERY TALENTED. THE DANCE AND SPORTS TEAMS HAVE ALWAYS PLACED IN EVERY TOURNAMENT AND COMPETITION SINCE THE PROGRAM STARTED IN 2009. THE SAD PART IS THAT THEY GET NO HELP, NO RECOGNITION FROM TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE STAFF, ETC. ALL THEIR SUCCESS HAS BEEN SOLELY BASED ON THE STUDENTS AND YS PLUS STAFF. I GIVE THE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM 5 STARS!! THE SCHOOL OVERALL 2 STARS FOR THE REASONS AS FOLLOWS; ADMINISTRATION IS AT TIMES UNHELPFUL AND OFFICE STAFF IS LAZY. PORTOLA HAS SO MUCH POTENTIAL AT BEING A GREAT SCHOOL.

- submitted by a community member

September 09, 2011
I'm an 8th grade student and I do NOT like this school. I guess I'm being a little picky, since I just moved from Texas, and the schools over there are above and beyond.... First of all, I joined Advance, and the classes still seem the same as regular classes did in Texas. They are unorganized!! No one got their schedule until the first day of school, which I thought was unreasonable. Lines at lunch are also very long, because there are not enough staff, (or are just too old to listen), and lots of kids do not even get to eat. They also do not allow kids to eat in class if they don't eat any lunch. Also, they don't have AC, only fans --__-- I was dying in class. Yeah, so right now, I'm looking for a new school to transfer to.

- submitted by a community member

May 17, 2011
And don't forget the teachers who bully and harass any children with disabilities... who are DRIVEN from the school. One magnet history teacher is a MAJOR problem and deserves to be fired for bullying children. The curriculum is okay, very bland (other than science, which is hands-on, and music) but teachers are arrogant and dismissive and Principal is nowhere to be seen... who is running this place? Oh yeah, the people who have tenure and don't care or have to work to retain their jobs. No caring, nurturing environment here!

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2011
If your child is in the highly gifted here they are fine (unless they are bullied). However the average students are thrown in with the far below basic students and they do not stand a chance at learning. The admin is not at all concerned with the bullying and itis the victims who are made to suffer by staying in the school or finding a new school. There are teachers who put their noisy students outside of the classroom, but then they are outside and disrupt many classrooms. The administration here has no discipline of any kind.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2010
it is awesome and awesome and awesome and awesome and awesome and awesome and it is awesome and awesome

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July 26, 2010
This is a very big school, and a child such as my son who has a harder time with socialization was just lost all the years he was there. He was constantly bullied, including 2 incidents that required medical treatment, one happening in class while the teacher "stepped out". My son was in magnet and after his grades began to drop ( a result of being picked on everyday) he was placed without my knowledge in regular classes. I never was able to get in touch with the Dean regarding the harassment, I was dismissed. My son was miserable at this school. I never felt that any of the teachers or counselors cared to reach out to us, rather the children are faceless numbers. I would trade the impressive campus for caring involved teachers and administrators because in the end the pretty school grounds did nothing for my son.

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May 04, 2010
This is an amazing school, with a genuine sense of community from the principal to the parents. Staff really cares about the kids and works to overcome great obstacles (i.e. the District) and provide a quality education. According to my son, 'The teachers do their best to help the students learn.' Full program, including electives, so there's something for every kind of kid. Great band program, literacy coach, and other qualities make this the best middle school in the San Fernando Valley.

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May 01, 2010
great enviorment and support from teachers

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April 30, 2010
my kid love portola. This is the best magnet school with great teachers and staff.

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February 10, 2010
My child graduated from this school and she learned so much.and she understood everything!!!!they made it easier for her she is a highly gifted student now i recommend this school for your child!!

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January 21, 2010
portola middle school is awsome it has a great bueatiful campous ond gret teachers such as ms.shores , mr.lew, mr.wellbaum,and ms.roome they are all awsome teachers love usnal bhail

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November 06, 2009
very nice looking schoolgrounds. Great families. Great principals, honors coordinator, and other administrative staff.

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November 06, 2009
Its awesome, everyones awesome, and the teachers are great. We just need some mor money for better classes and more chairs and equipment.

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November 05, 2009
My son likes that it's much more clean than his elementary school and has many more challenges.

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November 05, 2009
Portola has a lot to offer, especially in higher level classes and gifted/magnet programs. Wonderful Language Arts teachers. My youngest of 3 is now attending, just like her older siblings did.

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November 05, 2009
Portola HG Magnet provides excellent opportunities for motivated students. The music program is the best!

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November 04, 2009
I had four children attend here and I work here. Portola is an excellent school.

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November 04, 2009
Is a wonderful school all my kids have go there, very nice office personal too.

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November 04, 2009
Excellent highly gifted magnet classes! Strong parents association support.

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November 04, 2009
Awesome and caring teachers! Our school looks great with trees, lots of grassy fields and flowers, and a cool p.e. field and fitness center. We have fun activities all the time. And us kids are involved in making the school a great place to be.

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November 04, 2009
All three of my children have attended Portola. They loved being students here almost as much as I love teaching at this wonderful campus. There is a fantastic sense of community, teamwork, and a powerful drive for preparing students for life through academic rigor. Awesome-awesome-awesome! (*.*)

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November 04, 2009
portola is a great school, all the teachers are nice to their students and I think it is a really great place for anyone who wants to learn, that you should go to this school!

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November 03, 2009
I respect and love the teachers! So far are GREAT. The enrichment is fantastic and My son is HAPPY AT SCHOOL! what else I can said?

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November 03, 2009
Gaspar De Portola Middle School is a great school and there is alot of fun things to do there

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November 03, 2009
I love Gaspar De Portola middle school because they have excellent staff and kids get excellent education.

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November 03, 2009
portola middle school has a great educational system and everyone is smart and kind. AWESOME SCHOOL!

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November 03, 2009
I love this school. Great programs and Honors program. Good food. Nice enviroment. I like the teachers. Great computer labs. Great sport competions

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November 03, 2009
Gaspar De Portola Middle School is the best school. It has great classes and is the most cleanest and beautiful school in the district.

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November 02, 2009
The school is nice. Teachers and staff listen to parents concerns. I am thankful for that.

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November 02, 2009
It has been a good environment for my son. He is learning new things and making new friends.

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November 02, 2009
Great school. My son loves it there and the teachers seem to really care about the students!

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November 02, 2009
My kids have had the best teachers getting the same if not a better education than private school.

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November 02, 2009
This school has wonderful educational programs and is a very good learning environment. The staff and teachers are friendly and the campus is beautiful.

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November 01, 2009
It's the best school ever! It is always clean and nothing bad ever happens. Everyone follows the rules and there is so many new events every week!

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October 31, 2009
Portola is awsome. They have great teachers and students.

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October 31, 2009
good magnet the teachers there are devoted to help students

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October 30, 2009
Beautiful grounds; safe; wonderful, dedicated teachers; diverse student population.

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October 30, 2009
Great teachers, nice location, good choice of electives and extracurricular activities. We love Portola!

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October 30, 2009
Portola has the best English Teacher in the world. Ms. Spivak is incredible!

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October 30, 2009
My son is very happy to be at Portola. This means if he is happy then I am happy. Everyone on the staff that we have come in contact with have really showed us how much they care.

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October 29, 2009
This is our first year. Great school, begins with a great staff! Very pleased.

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October 29, 2009
Portola is great in communication, organization, and education at this well facilitated campus.

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October 29, 2009
Great teachers and curriculum!

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October 29, 2009
Great program, accomplished teachers and a great environment for kids to excel. Encourages kids to strive for lofty goals by providing a challenging curriculum.

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October 29, 2009
Great staff and Teachers. The campus is always so clean. They take pride in our school.

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October 29, 2009
My daughter loves the school...It starts with the Principal, and the associated people in charge, who are committed to making Portola a safe, exciting, and enriching place to learn....I'm grateful to everyone who makes Portola worthy of this honor!

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October 29, 2009
It is a great school because it is ginambo and it has great educational teachers that teach you!

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October 29, 2009
becouse it is school with great academic programs and good teachers.

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October 29, 2009
it is accademeic, social, environmentaly very good. as a parent i'm fully satisfied.

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October 29, 2009
It has great school experience in their honors program

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October 29, 2009
Great teachers and my classmates know how to make a day worth it

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October 29, 2009
because it is clean and i love how they teach

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October 29, 2009
Because the teachers are the best, and my daughter wakes up every morning wanting & loving to go to school.

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October 29, 2009
its a really great school an the teachers are great because they help us when we have trouble in school or something

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October 28, 2009
Our whole family loves Portola Middle School because it does wonderful things for our kids!

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October 28, 2009
Portola has wonderful teachers, staff, students and parents! It is a great environment for learning.

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October 28, 2009
- the teachers are fun - many smart and funny kids go there - its big - my sister went there, came out, and went to high school as a really smart student, so its known everywhere my sister and i go as a great school

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October 28, 2009
Portola is a great school for my daughter, I know I made th right choice to send her there, portola is strict and very challenging for the kids now and days, the teachers send me an email once a week with my daughters grade and that will keep me posted and make sure my daughter is doing good in class. Also speaking of been secured at a place, in the morning when I drop her off there is administratos and staff watching over our kids to make sure they don't get hurt or that cars are going at their speed.

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October 28, 2009
Because it is the only HIGHLY GIFTED MAGNET middle school in LAUSD. Plus it has the most nicest teachers and staff.

- submitted by a student
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October 26, 2009
Portola teachers and counselors are very attentive and listen to concerns. They are prompt in responding to emails and keep me informed about my child. The music department is awesome, as well as thier other elective programs. Both my children have enjoyed going to Portola!

- submitted by a parent
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October 23, 2009
I love my school. It has many activities for the students that are great.

- submitted by a student
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October 22, 2009
The campus is excellent, the faculty really cares about the students.

- submitted by a parent
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October 22, 2009
I love the willingness of the staff to try new programs and allow parents to help out. My children are learning and taking a lead in their education

- submitted by a parent
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October 20, 2009
Portola is a local middle school with a highly gifted magnet program. Despite suffering from budget cuts and underfunding like many LAUSD schools, the teachers provide a challenging academic experience on a pretty campus. The orchestra was even selected for a special exchange with the LA Philharmonic!

- submitted by a parent
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October 20, 2009
Great teachers and wonderful program for the kids!!!!

- submitted by a parent
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October 20, 2009
They have high standards of eductation, which is proven out in there test scores. And, they have very effective communication methods for communicating with parents (e.g. classroom parents).

- submitted by a parent
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October 20, 2009
The Highly Gifted and Talented Magnet is amazing. It gives kids an opportunity to reach their maximum potential and be proud of who they are.

- submitted by a parent
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October 20, 2009
I love Portola Middle School, for one, it's academic progress. The Gifted GATE program at the school makes the school number 2 in the state of California. The teachers are utterly committed to the teaching of their students.

- submitted by a student
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September 16, 2009
I used to go to portola until my parents made me switch. It is the best school ever. The teachers are phenomenal, the PE is great, and the campus is excellent. The staff is very caring and the principal is amazing. The teachers are very thorough and help a lot with work, homework, etc.

- submitted by a student

September 04, 2009
this school is good but the lockers are small and it is a small school i went here but then i transfered to millikan go turtles

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August 24, 2009
I go to this school and I love it. I'm in 8th grade and in the HGM. P.E is fun, the dances are amazing, the teachers are nice, and it has fantastic electives. I don't have the best grades, but that's not the school's fault.

- submitted by a student
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July 08, 2009
I am a former student of this school. i used to be in the highly gifted magnet program. i thiugh that it was phenomenal. the campus and the diversity of electives was fantastic. unfortunately i was only there for about two years, due to the fact that i had to move. looking back i will never forget this school. the teachers were amazing, except for those who were not that great. all in all this a great school in a great location. the best!

- submitted by a student

April 09, 2009
I love this school it is a wonderful school with caring and loving staff

- submitted by a student

February 28, 2009
I go to portola, I'm in 6th grade HGM, and I think it's okay. Pretty nice people, although one teacher really mean to you if she/he doesn't happen to like you. But overall, there's a good magnet, okay honors, nice area, harsh P.E., and sometimes really mean kids. Good music program- in choir, very fun.

- submitted by a student

December 17, 2008
I go to Portola now, and I'm personally very happy with it. I have met so many new friends and I am in the honors program. Thanks to my great teachers, I am able to easily keep up my straight-A's. So far, Im in 8th grade and all my teacher s have mostly been nice and helpful. But truthfully, there is always one or two bad teachers in every middle school. For me, Portola is a perfect school. PS nice campus and good PE (with exercise room)

- submitted by a student

September 23, 2008
This is a wonderful school with caring teachers and faculty!

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May 19, 2008
who would ever hate this school....it is the best...they have competitions and activities and many electives...i went there for a year and a half and i would still be going there if i hadn't moved...now i go to cahuilla desert academy(cda) and cda has really made me appreciate portola...this is the best school ever....the teachers are usually always there to haelp you...sure there are some boring teachers but they do make learing easy

- submitted by a student

May 14, 2008
Portola is a wonderful school... everyone is caring and when I started middle school this year, I was never nervous or anxious about school. All of my teachers made it a wonderful environment for me and I thank them for that!

- submitted by a student
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January 02, 2008
I love this school I just graduated in june and it was the best 3 years I had great teachers great environment. Highly recommend this school to anyone and try to get your children into AVID its a college readiness class.

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December 06, 2007
Portola can be a good school if you have good teachers. Some teachers I have do not teach me anything and others teach me everything. The other students are very nice and I have met some lifelong friends here. I really enjoy this school, and I think that maybe if the class size was a little smaller, teachers a little more caring, it would be a great place.

- submitted by a student

December 01, 2007
Great school, nice people, mostly great teachers, lots of activities, not snobbish, has something great for each different person. Though the only bad things in this school so far is the unfair councilors, not such a great principal, not very clean because of the trash around, some fights but very little, very little drug use but its not around this school. Thats all I can think of now...

- submitted by a student
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October 04, 2007
I love the dicipline at Portola. The staff is excellent and 'on it' with the kid's. Dont be late ! You will know it. Campus is clean and well maintained. Administrative staff is friendly, hard working and into their kids. If you want a good public education for your kids.....this is a good school in a good neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
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September 26, 2007
I believe this to be an excellent school. So glad to discover it is a four overall rating which is clearly above average. I am a volunteer great aunt who is totally involved and concerned about my nephew's progress. It is timely that this report was sent the day before Parent Night. I have a great feeling listening to the teachers and will do all I can to see that my nephew follows through with home assignments every night, including Fridays. This is his second year attending this school. He is now in the 7th grade doing well, in spite of having been diagnosed as ADHD.

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2007
I just graduated from the highly gifted magnet at Portola, and I must say every thing about the school was great. All of the teachers were incredibly nice, and would often , gladly, go out of their way to help an individual student (plus the teachers were all very outgoing, and had a more hands on approach to most topics, which made learning fun). The elective classes were also great, especially Journalism, and music. The magnet office staff was the nicest bunch of people you would ever meet, and they were always willing to helps a student or a parent. I had a wonderful experience in the highly gifted magnet and I highly recommend it to anyone who has the option of going here!

- submitted by a student
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July 24, 2007
Portola is an okay school. I wouldnt say its so great,especially the deans,and some of the teachers. The deans treat the students really disrespectively like they are absolutely nothing.and they do not give any students rights to speak. When you get in trouble by the teacher,and its not your fault,they always take the teacher's side,so there is no point of fighting. Some of the teachers are very rude,and like the deans,they treat you like your nothing. I once had this teacher she was so rude, that is not how a teacher should be.and this is coming from a previous student at portola,so its worth it.

- submitted by a student

July 11, 2007
Portola has been a wonderful experience for my daughter. She joined their HG magnet program in sixth grade and loved it. She enjoyed the small class size, kind teachers, and ability to join advanced performing art classes and athletics while still being in the program. Although we cannot say what the regular and honors school is like, we can assure you that if its anything like their magnet, it will be an time to remember

- submitted by a parent

June 28, 2007
Personally, I love Portola. For my experience in going there for my three middle school years. The teachers are very homework-loving though. I was in the Honors program too. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone. You can make many good friends there and meet many but many good teachers. I learned many things in English too. I recommend, Mrs. Spivak for English. It is a very safe middle school with a police cop in the front gate.

- submitted by a student

June 24, 2007
Finished 2nd year @ Portola. Teen & parents very happy! I disagree w/previous comment. My child had a lot of homework, caring teachers, good teacher/parent communication, great counselors. Principal seems to be on top of things. There are many opportunities for extra activities. Good school spirit, safe campus, friendly staff all around. Many friends wish their teens had the chance to attend Portola.

- submitted by a parent

June 21, 2007
The after school programs for gifted kids is great. Honors program has good teachers. My daughter took drama and loved her teacher. If you want to be involved, there are a lot of opportunities through the school and the PTA.

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June 19, 2007
Gorgeous grounds, great academics. Excellent music program, especially choral. Committed teachers, involved counselors. Principal could offer mre leadership. Fabulous library, with great librarian and fabulous books selection.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2007
Bad new principal. The SAS program is way easy the kids have no homework ever. Bad school. Some really good teachers.

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December 11, 2006
I was very happy with the school until the new principal took over. I am very unhappy with the teachers ,they dont care to much about the kids.

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June 10, 2006
Probably one of the better schools in the valley. The only other school that compares to it is hale. They have really good teachers and decent class size

- submitted by a teacher

June 07, 2006
My son is in the Honors program at Portola MS. Although I only recently became actively involved with this school (when I became the primary custodian of my twelve year old, sixth grade son only a couple of months ago.) I am very impressed with Portola. My son has been in very expensive private schools up until this year yet I believe he is getting more personalized attention and the same quality of academics at this public school.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2006
Portola has the 2ns highest API score in their district area. The school is very safe. Many programs are offered after school through their honors program. The counselors are caring, but with so many students they do not offer personal help. Due to the workload of the counselors parents have to be very aggressive to get information and extra help that is available. Overall Portola is an excellent school with a very safe supportive environment with one of the best libraries I have seen in a school.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2006
Portola Middle School is a fantastic school. It offers many many electives and after school programs that teach you how to succeed. Portola is beautiful (when it is kept clean). Recently within the last few months, the principal, Mr.Lawler went to work somewhere else in LAUSD. The new principa, Mrs. Shaha is extremely kind and gentle and shows that she cares about Portola. My group and I had to interview her for an assignment for out journalism class and she was just wonderful to work with. Many teachers expect alot from their students, but I can tell that it's because they want us to be able to learn as much as possible, and in the end the work is not so much. Alot of the teacher care about the students and their feelings.

- submitted by a student

April 29, 2006
I was a student in the magnet program. The teachers were excellent and the quality of the students was incredible. These were the best school years of my life and I still maintain active friendships with my Portola classmates.

- submitted by a student

December 07, 2005
Beautiful School with over 3,000 students very integrated.

- submitted by a parent

October 16, 2005
This school has an amazing drama and music program, also a wonderful magnet program. I recommend sending your daughter/son there.

- submitted by a student

September 21, 2005
So far so good. My 7th grader in honors again. I just hope that parents would be more involved with there children they will soon be gone before you know it.Please give more time

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2005
This particular school is absolutely marvelous..what to begin with...the extra-curricular activities are amazing..Leadership, Recycling Program, Debate, Spanish, Arts, Drama, Journalism, and many more electives and after-school programs. Portola also has a very active bunch of P.E teachers..inspired to help anyone at any capability. The teachers here are wonderous..devoted to their students time of need..and have many years of experience such as 5-35 years! The PTA is also bumbling with parental involvement...and they get a load done. Overall I would recommend to anyone this school in the area.

- submitted by a student

August 19, 2005
I found that many teachers are unwilling to offer help to their students during or after school. It was very difficult to schedule appointments to meet with teachers. The school Principal was rude to me on some occasions. The school has too many students. The best class my child took was journalism. Their extra curriculum activities are pretty mediocre. Parental involvement is high if mothers are not working full time. For others it is minimal.

- submitted by a parent

August 05, 2005
Pretty good school... I recommend going there.

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July 14, 2005
This school is certainly one of the best middle schools. It is really serious about its music programs, and they are wonderful, too. It's academic program is great, and there is hardly any violence in Portola between students.

- submitted by a student

July 06, 2005
Portola has a clean campus with beautiful rose bushes, experienced teachers, a little crowded-but overall a great school in the area.

- submitted by a student

June 23, 2005
Good school-one of the best public middle schools in the area. There are about 40 kids per class and Portola is a large campus. Beautiful rose bushes and clean campus.

- submitted by a student

June 23, 2005
Good school-one of the best public middle schools in the area. There are about 40 kids per class and Portola is a large campus. Beautiful rose bushes and clean campus.

- submitted by a student

April 12, 2005
In my opinion, I think that Portola is a good school. But I must say that the communication is where I have a problem. The email system needs to be a bit better. All teachers do not respond in a timely manner. Also when your child is FAILing you are not aware of it. Phone calls home for students on the verge of FAILing should be routine.

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2005
Highly gifted magnet disappointing. Students placed in magnet on test scores only. They are allowed to continue in magnet despite sub- par grades.

- submitted by a parent

March 15, 2005
Great school, very safe, excellent science honor program.

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January 26, 2005
Portola Middle School is a popular school is the West Valley area. Academic program may be better in the highly gifted magnet, but otherwise average. Some of the teachers have taught there many, many years and seem to lack enthusiasm for their subjects. The school does not appear to enforce a dress code. Extracurricular activities are few. Parent involvement is average.

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2005
High academic level courses offered in the Magnet program. Prepares kids for high school. Nice neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2005
The performing arts program is very good. It is a highly gifted magnet and does bring in kids from the inner city, but they are the cream of the crop. My daughter is happy at this school.

- submitted by a parent

August 25, 2004
I found Portolla Middle School a great school for my daughter to grow and learn. The only thing I would recommend is more extra curricular activities for afterschool. If they have them my daughter would have joined them. I would say that Portolla is one of the best schools in the valley.

- submitted by a parent

May 04, 2004
My stepson had a choice of Portola or Walter Reed. In hindsight, I think Walter Reed would have been a better choice for him. I'm not saying Portola hasn't been a good experience, I just think there would have been much more support for the 5th (grade school) to 6th (middle-school) transition at Walter Reed. The programs for the support for the highly gifted program students (how to study, organize your time, etc.) are non-existent at Portola. Proving once again you can't judge a book by it's cover. Portola may have more modern facilities, but that is certainly not all that makes a good school.

- submitted by a parent

March 03, 2004
Portola has an incredible principal, Steve Lawler, who is very committed to the school and its students. The campus is clean and safe, and the teaching staff and counselors are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2004
I do not agree with the above reviews. yes, if your child is lucky to get good teacher, everything is great. However, if your child is unlucky enough to get a teacher who is not doing their job, the principal does nothing. If your child is unlucky enough to get the teacher who gives grade inappropriate topics, the principal does nothing. If you have a child with special needs, IEPs and 504 plans, and the teacher flatly refuse to follow the law, tough luck for your child, they will never get the teacher to comply. So, Portolla is both good and bad - depends on who you get. Further, history department is one of the worst I have seen.

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2003
Portola is a wonderful school. I would reccomend any parent to enroll their children here.

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Gaspar De Portola Middle School
18720 Linnet Street, Tarzana, CA  91356
(818) 654-3300
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