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 (2014) 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.
Historic schoolhouse
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. Ms. Cynthia Maijala will begin the 2014-15 school year as Principal of Corte Madera School.
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.


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


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.
5. Students, teachers and staff do their best work within a culture of mutual respect, personal responsibility, and kindness.

Strategic Directions

Students will: 
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.


Students will:
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.


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.


Our staff, parents and larger community will:
a)     Embrace and model shared expectations.
b)     Engage in informed, transparent decision-making.
c)      Ensure proactive communication.