Located 37 miles south of San Francisco, on the fringe of Silicon Valley, in the oak-fringed 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 through 3rd grade and Corte Madera School serves children in 4th through 8th grades.
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.
We are an innovative learning community inspiring the hearts and minds of all our children.
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.
5. Students, teachers and staff do their best work within a culture of mutual respect, personal responsibility, and kindness.
a) Demonstrate continual growth toward high-level mastery of foundational skills.
b) Learn in an environment where project-based learning and differentiation are key instructional approaches within an integrated curriculum.
c) Engage deeply in real-world learning experiences that develop higher-order thinking skills.
2. NURTURE CONNECTED, CONTRIBUTING GLOBAL CITIZENS.
a) Develop personal responsibility, self-awareness and individual voice.
b) Engage in learning experiences that promote perseverance, risk-taking and resiliency.
c) Contribute to a shared purpose within the classroom, school and larger community.
d) Respect other cultures and points of view.
3. COMMIT TO TRANSFORMATIVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
The District will:
a) Invest in training the entire staff in common core standards and project- based learning.
b) Foster a culture of sharing and collaboration that supports individual and organizational growth.
c) Develop a long-range systemic professional development plan for continuous growth.
4. FOSTER A RESPCTFUL AND COLLABORATIVE CULTURE.
Our staff, parents and larger community will:
a) Embrace and model shared expectations.
b) Engage in informed, transparent decision-making.
c) Ensure proactive communication.