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.
Both Corte Madera (2011), and Ormondale School (2010) are currently recognized as California Distinguished Schools. In addition, Corte Madera School is a National Blue Ribbon School. To learn more about these two fine schools, please view their School Accountability Report Cards (SARC) listed below.
The District is governed by a five person elected Governing Board of Trustees. Dr. Lisa Gonzales was appointed Superintendent on July 17, 2013. Mr. Kevin Keegan began the 2013-14 school year as the new Principal of Ormondale School. Mr. Michael Corritone returns for his third year as Corte Madera School's Principal.
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 recently passed parcel tax Measure O (2013) which contributes over $1 million annually to support the core academic program.
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. Students will: c) Engage deeply in real-world learning experiences that develop higher-order thinking skills. 2. NURTURE CONNECTED, CONTRIBUTING GLOBAL CITIZENS. Students will: 3. COMMIT TO TRANSFORMATIVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. The District will: 4. FOSTER A RESPCTFUL AND COLLABORATIVE CULTURE. Our staff, parents and larger community will:
c) Engage deeply in real-world learning experiences that develop higher-order thinking skills.
2. NURTURE CONNECTED, CONTRIBUTING GLOBAL CITIZENS.
3. COMMIT TO TRANSFORMATIVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
The District will:
4. FOSTER A RESPCTFUL AND COLLABORATIVE CULTURE.
Our staff, parents and larger community will: