Portola is a fantastic school with a wonderful and caring principal who truly cares about the students. She has also done a lot to create more of a community feeling at the school over the last two years. The teaching staff is wonderful. My kids have had some of the most talented and fantastic teachers and have received a terrific education. Mrs. Miller, the honors/gifted coordinator truly takes care of the students' needs. She is kind, caring, and goes above and beyond the call of duty. It's a wonderful school community.
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.
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.
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!
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!!