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Educational Services

Portola Valley School District provides a rich, robust, and rigorous academic program in all grade levels to support age-appropriate content acquisition. Teachers use the latest research in learning theory and instructional design to engage students in a relevant curriculum meeting the needs of every student. The district believes in differentiated and personalized learning, which provides opportunities for growth for our lowest achieving students and enrichment opportunities for our highest achieving students. The district believes in supporting students' experiences in a breadth of disciplines, including:
  • Math
  • English and Language Arts
  • History
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)
  • Physical Education
  • Study Skills
  • Engineering
  • Coding

All content is aligned to state and/or national academic standards focused on college and/or career readiness. 

Portola Valley uses researched-based instructional strategies, including:

  • Project-Based Learning (PBL)
  • STEM-focused learning
  • Digitally-enhanced  learning
  • Science & research based reading instruction