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 950, with Ormondale School at 951 and Corte Madera School at 949.
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 Board of Trustees. Carolyn Piraino, Ed.D., serves as Superintendent. Ormondale School is led by Dr. Jennifer Warren, and Mr. Michael Corritone began work as Corte Madera School's new Principal on July 1, 2011.
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 have passed two parcel taxes which together contribute over $1 million annual to support the core academic program.
Portola Valley School District provides an excellent education for all students. Capitalizing upon our unique partnership among teachers, support staff, parents, and community, we create powerful learning opportunities that challenge all students to: meet the District's standards of excellence, become ethical leaders in school and community, and make positive contributions to a diverse and changing world.
When PVSD students graduate, they move on to high school with: