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About This School

Portola Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Bruno. The principal of Portola Elementary School is Charles Rohrbach, who can be contacted at crohrbach@sbpsd.k12.ca.us. 245 children attend Portola Elementary School and identify mostly as Multiracial, Pacific Islander, and Asian. 11% of the Portola Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 19% of the 245 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Portola Elementary School is 20:1. Rollingwood Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Cantonese
    • Russian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Basketball
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 6% %
Pacific Islander 5% 8%
Asian 45% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 4% 2626%
Filipino 26% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 24% 27%
Hispanic 17% 41%
Unspecified 0.5% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19% 32%
Limited English proficiency 11% 31%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Portola is a wonderful school for the students as well as the parents and community. We have had the best experience over the years. If there is anything that could improve it would be the reduction of split classes and reduced class sizes. This is a district-wide issue and the Portola PTA and school administration continue to do their best to alleviate the situation.

  • (1 year ago)

    GREAT STAFF AND PRINCIPAL! My eldest graduated from Portola and I currently have one attending now. I will also have my youngest joining the ranks next year. With the class sizes growing it's always a concern if your child will get lost in the shuffle and get left behind. But not in Portola's case. The staff and principal truly care about each student and addresses you personally with any concerns as well as achievements of your child. The principal knows EVERY student by name as well as the office manager. The parents are very involved and everyone looks out for everyone else. Because of this school's learning structure and care behind it I feel they prepare the students for what is to come in middle school and high school. The foundation and atmosphere at Portola is a great stepping stone into the world of education.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter went to a Christian school for 3 yrs. and started Portola when she was 1st grade. She is now on her 4th and I am saddened by the fact that next year will be her last year here. She really enjoyed being at Portola. All her classmates are very nice and I am proud to say that Mr. Rohrbach Ms. Chapman and all the teachers are great and wonderful. We're grateful that Portola is our school district. You're the best!

  • (2 years ago)

    Top notch school---Principal Teachers Staff curriculum PTA the kids! I transferred my child mid-year due to being bullied at a catholic school. I was very anxious and nervous about the quality and experience of a public school education. I can earnestly say that Portola far exceeds my expectations on every front. The Principal is visible and involved with all the kids on a daily basis and he is great at representing and leading the school's interests from a broader district perspective. The children all demonstrate strong values and treat their classmates with great respect. Besides Portola having a rigorous curriculum I'm more impressed with the individualized attention they are committed to giving each child to meet them where they're at--whether the child is below avg average or above average the teachers are very astute as supporting and challenging each student (they don't just teach to the "mean" population of the bell curve). I'm very proud and fortunate to have my child at Portola!

  • (3 years ago)

    I have been transferring my kids from school to school. and finally i found the one. Portola school is the best elementary school in the ares.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great Principal great teachers. Wish the principal would follow us to the Intermediate School. The best.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school in a Gem. Our children are so lucky to have such a wonderful and caring staff . God bless you all!

  • (4 years ago)

    Good school is hard to find. I thank the teachers for communicating with the students and the parents. I'm happy that my grandkids love this school...

  • (4 years ago)

    Terrific School - Great Teachers - Caring Principal - Involved Parents

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Portola because the staff really cares!! They will always go above and beyond for students and families!! From our very first tour of the school we knew this was the school for us. Mr. Rohrbach was leading the tour and we were amazed to see that he knew every single student. In our years at Portola we are happy to say that this still holds true. My daughter graduated from Portola last year but I am still a proud member of the PTA and still have a niece and nephew there. And I can't wait until my youngest is ready for kindergarten!! As a parent it is a wonderful feeling to find an enviroment that not only gives a safe but also exceptional educational experience! Portola has it all!! Pandas rock!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Portola Elementary School in San Bruno CA was my children's first school and they were wonderful teachers and a lovely community and so deserving! Thank you for the chance to share our love for the school! Colleen Chorro

  • (4 years ago)

    It is a family oriented school with a lot of parent involvement .. it is very welcoming and the kids all know eachother and help eachother.

  • (4 years ago)

    THe pricipal and teachers give so much of their time and effort to the kids and the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers are very friendly and well organized and the principal is very friendly too.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter attended Portola and this school provided her with a strong basic understanding of important principles in learning. The staff is amazing.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is my children's 5th year since we enrolled in Portolla Elementary School. I will not even find enouhg words of appreciation to the staff especially the Principal of this school. They are highly organized in regards to everything happens inside the school extrimally envolved in children's acadamic life and greatly concerned about their success. Every morning I see kids going to school with a happy smile and it tells all. My 4th grader and a 2nd grader could not wait till the end of the summer to go back to school. they counted days antill the summer was over to see the teachers and to be back to school. Thanks to all who make it happen!

  • (4 years ago)

    Go Pandas! Our test scores are amazing - the best in the district! Our teachers are spectacular! Our principal is wonderful and caring! And we have the best office manager in the universe!

  • (4 years ago)

    This is our first year at Portola and we are impressed with the school. We are in awe of the principal's involvement and personal knowledge of each student. The 5th grade teacher is very proactive with her students both in academics as well as their personal development. I find the structure easy to adjust and the personal touch that each encounter I have experienced so far is exceptional. The facility is very clean and pride of ownership between staff and student is present. The school achievement in their API scores is commendable. Portola is all around best school!

  • (4 years ago)

    Portola Elementary School is providing my granddaughter an excellent education. This school is truly a community of dedicated and supportive parents teachers and other staff!

  • (4 years ago)

    It is a wonderful school all the teachers and staffs are extremely professional and helpful study environment is great.

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