Located 37 miles south of San Francisco, on the fringe of Silicon Valley, in the oak-scattered hills above Stanford University, the Portola Valley School District (PVSD) serves elementary school age children who reside in the Town of Portola Valley, portions of the Town of Woodside and in unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. Ormondale School serves children in Kindergarten (& Transitional Kindergarten) through 3rd grade and Corte Madera School serves children in 4th through 8th grades.  


The District is governed by a five person elected Governing Board of Trustees. Ms. Roberta Zarea was appointed Superintendent on May 1, 2019.  Ms. Lynette Hovland began as the Principal of Ormondale School on October 6, 2016.  

Community support of these schools is consistently strong. The Portola Valley Schools Foundation provides the District with 10% of its annual operating revenue. District voters passed parcel tax Measure O (2013) which contributes over $1 million annually to support the core academic program, and passed Bond Measure Z on November 6, 2019 which will fund upgraded and new facilities and construction projects.

Portola Valley’s elementary and middle schools consistently rank among the best in the State, and it’s one of the few districts with over 86% of its students meeting/exceeding standards in English/language arts and 83% in math.  In addition to those core subjects, we run world class arts and music programs and have notable science and technology initiatives supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STREAM) education. Exceptional teachers, small class sizes, challenging instructional programs, dedicated parent volunteers, and outstanding science, art and music curricula have prepared generations of local children to succeed in high school, college, and careers. Our goal is to continue that proud tradition.

API scores for PVSD students are consistently in the top percentiles for the State of California. For the most recent testing period, the District API was 931, with Ormondale School at 921 and Corte Madera School at 934. Ormondale School is currently recognized as a California Distinguished School (2014), and Corte Madera School was recognized as a California Gold Ribbon School in 2015.

Guiding Principles

1. Children thrive in a nurturing and supportive environment. We will honor every child and put the needs of children first in everything we do.
2. To be successful, children need a broad set of skills that includes a core academic foundation, higher-order thinking, and character education.

3.Children learn best when deeply engaged in authentic learning experiences.
4. We serve children with a variety of different learning styles and will help each of them reach her or his full potential.
Students, teachers and staff do their best work within a culture of mutual respect, personal responsibility, and kindness.


PVSD nurtures each child’s academic, physical, social, and emotional growth by providing a comprehensive curriculum, high quality instruction, and personalized support in a collaborative environment that values diverse perspectives and promotes equity.


We are an innovative learning community inspiring the hearts and minds of all our children.

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