I used to go to portola during my younger years with Theresa Johnson as my principle, my family loved it! I decided to transfer my son from montalvo to portola for this reason. (He will be entering kindergarden this year) yet, with all these reviews I almost want to take back that request.
Portola is a wonderful school with a caring staff. Parents should feel good to have their children in this school. The staff puts in many hours of their own time to ensure the students receive the best possible education. As for putting emphasis on test scores...this is a means to see if the student are getting what that are taught or does the staff need to make adjustments in the curriculum. Great school; Great staff! So happy to be a volunteer for this school.
I agree with the postings about Portola Elementary that state what poor leadership the principle provides. I have brought my concerns to him about his staff numerous times and he repeatedly ignores it. Us parents should start a petition, I hope you all have forwarded your concerns to the school board as well.
This school may appear great on paper, but parents beware. The principal here sees your child as two things: a: a test score and b: a $ symbol. The principal at Portola is a bully, horrific at providing even the most basic customer service to parents, and is even more horrific at interacting with the students. The sad part is is that while a few of the teachers are fantastic, the majority of them are only interested in making sure parental money comes flowing into the school. They do not wish to be held accountable with how it is spent, nor play by the rules. I have to question adults (the principal and teachers) who demean and belittle the efforts of their PTA volunteers and demand a certain amount of money from them. Is that really what you want your student a part of? I cannot tell you how many times I heard the principal talk about nothing but test scores and money. Money, money, money. It is disgusting. This school could improve greatly by the administration and teachers there remembering that parents are not their ATM and that the students are not their only to test well and become little drones.
1 star because the Principal is beyond difficult. His leadership style is that of a bully! He only cares about is his numbers and how they make him look good. Thankful for the amazing teachers in the 3rd grade. but we have requested to transfer out. They need to remove this principal and find better leadership!
School is great, teachers are outstanding, principal has major ego. Replace the principal and the school would be perfect!
Portola elemtary is a great school to attend. The Teachers are great. They really care about their student performance and their learning. also the staff is outstanding! I enjoy the atmosphere in the school.
This is a GREAT school. My grandchildren love it and it is recognized as an exceptional school statewide. There is so much to write about it but beyond the super teachers are the committed parents. This is what makes the school so superior.
Another wonderful year at Portola. I couldn't have asked for more. I am amazed to see how my child has progressed in the last few years. Thank you Portola and your great teachers! Wish you all the best.
Great school and great teachers! I love everything about this school. My child is doing so well thanks to his teachers. I am lucky to have found the best school in town for my son.
I couldn't have found a better school for my son who started going to Kindergarten last Sept. My son has picked up reading and Math so quickly and I give all the credit to his teacher. The teachers are highly skilled and work very hard with each student. The school encourages parent participation which gives a feeling of a great community atmosphere. The staff members are also very warm, friendly and helpful. Keep up the good scores Portola. I wish you all the very best.
This school is top rate. The teachers are of the highest caliber, and the Principal runs the school flawlessly. It is a safe environment with parent and teacher cooperation in every area. The children learn EVERYTHING earlier (math, reading, spelling, science)than in any other elementary school I have worked with, and the academic standing for all grade levels are at the highest level in Ventura County. They also do a lot of extra-curricular activities for the children, and involving the family. They're #1!
I've had nothing but enjoyable years at Portola. My daughter is extremely happy and I am as well. I wish Portola went all the way to 12th grade! Haha!
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