School Details

De Portola Middle School

11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92124
(858) 496-8080
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 960 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Diego Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Diego Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

48%
48%
50%
72%
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100%
87%
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69%
60%
52%
80%
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67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Diego Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

De Portola Middle School is a public middle school in San Diego. The principal of De Portola Middle School is Ryan Brock, who can be contacted at rbrock@sandi.net. 960 students go to De Portola Middle School and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 8% of the De Portola Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 49% of the 960 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at De Portola Middle School is 20:1. Farb Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 5% %
White, non-Hispanic 43% 25%
Filipino 3% 7%
Hispanic 29% 44%
Asian 12% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 13%
Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.9% 129055%
Unspecified 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49% 63%
Limited English proficiency 8% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This is our first year and so far I'm thrilled with the staff activities and everything in general )

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to this school in 1996 and back then I was an awesome school it had an after scool Judo Program during school you had lots of activities as well as an great educational program. Every friday had activties during lunch that everyone enjoyed sitting on the grass if you wanted. Very nice school to got to.

  • (1 year ago)

    i beg and plead and cried my mom to go to this school and she is sill thinking about so god oh god please let my mom send me to this school. and so far i have looked in the website and i want to go there so bad. it is one excellent school. the school year of being a fifth grader is almost over so tik tok tik tok LETS GO!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    Best ever I love this school !!!!!! Farb has nothing compared to this school! All I'm saying is that this school is better than farb more space and better avid

  • (4 years ago)

    my son attends De Portola middle. He is the the 7th grade and I must say it seems that the 6th grade teachers are more involved than the 7th grade teachers. The ones my son has dont seem to care very much about the students academic progress.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son is in 6th grade. He had a rough time at the beginning of the school year with the transition of elementary to the workload and structure of middle school BUT with the constant communication with his teachers and with their encouragment and offering of extra help before and after school he's excelling in all subjects and no longer needs extra help. Math was never his best subject and he dreaded doing math homework in elementary but he's now maintaining a B and is excited about the subject. I credit this to his teacher!! I would highly recommend this school to EVERYONE!!

  • (4 years ago)

    This is the better of the 2 Middle Schools in the neighborhood so I guess I can't complain too much. We are finishing up our 3rd year and feel that our student received a decent education but the teachers could have communicated a little better when our child's grades took a nose dive. I have 2 or 3 favorite teachers there but most of them were cold and impersonal when we tried to talk with them about issues. Many students at this school take advantage of the lack of supervision during P.E. This is when the kids think they can get away with cussing and bullying and they sure do! We are hoping HS will be better.

  • (4 years ago)

    The classes are way too large for one teacher to focus on everyone's needs. There is a an escalating problem with more and more fights and bullying of others...the students just don't care about others...and the staff and teachers aren't quick enough in action.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is an amazing school. The music program won three first place trophies at the Music in the Parks Festival and the Espre de Corps trophey and the best overall string orchestra trophey all at the same fesival in 2009. I am now entering the 8th grade and proud to be a de Portola Panther. All of the teachers and the principal are kind and they love to be involved in the school's lunch activities every Friday at Chill on the Hill. The food is great and when you need help with something the teachers staff and counselers are always there for you. We are one of the schools to watch and the community is great. There are hardly any fights maybe once in a school year and the social atmosphere is great kids make friends quickly there. I would recommend de Portola Middle School in Tierrasanta to all students.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is GREAT. My son is entering 8th grade and due to the teachers' continued support and academic push he has excelled the previous two years and is flourishing; with a 3.87 GPA in GATE (he's not a GATE tested student) but they realized his potential and advanced math with a year of high school spanish under his belt and year two will be this year who can complain. The work load is great and expectations are high but this has made all the difference.

  • (5 years ago)

    I had to pull my child from this school due to the inability of some of the teachers and nurse in following procedures. I was regularly concerned for my son's safety. The transfer was the best thing we could have ever done for him!!

  • (6 years ago)

    All the teachers are involved and coordinate many student activities. It is also a very safe school; fights if they ever happen at all are usually only a once a year occurrence. Overall this is a great school for any student to go to!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have a son that attends De Portola in the 7th grade. I have rave reviews about De Portola From the principle to the teachers my son has had nothing but the most attentive support. The teachers are more then willing to go that extra mile to help a child and the principle also. My son does find the school academically challenging but he knows he has the support of the teachers that are willing to go that extra mile. Teacher parent communication is also near top level. My son enjoys this school and will tell you he would rather attend De Portola then any other school. That has to mean a lot coming from a 7th skater boy Thanks De Portola Staff for making JR High a Great and Safe place to go!

  • (6 years ago)

    This school has been the best school I've ever been to. I'm going to promote soon and I don't want to leave!!! The teachers are the best handsdown and the environment is awesome! Way to go DP!!

  • (7 years ago)

    What a delightful school our child is lucky enough to attend. Our student is currently an 8th grader & has been attending De Portola since the 6th grade. The experience has been nothing short of amazing. Our student has been an involved De Portola citizen participating in school-sponsored sports student government a fun club and more. The positive and friendly campus makes it incredibly enjoyable as a parent to visit. We are both active volunteers on campus and are always so welcomed by De Portola's friendly administrative staff in the office. On top of all that our student has received great guidance and acadmemic excellence in class. The teachers have been fantastic & have made school enjoyable yet also providing an academic challenge for our middle schooler.

  • (7 years ago)

    My two children went to DePortola but I pulled them out to homeschool. The learning environment was poor because teachers lacked the ability to instruct and lacked any assessment skills. They truly did not know how to specifically impart their knowledge to the students. I had a son in 6th grade and a daughter in 8th. They denied any resource help and could not even tell me my children's strengths or weaknesses within the first three months of school. The administrator (principal) lacks any leadership skills and is little more than a cheerleader for events that hardly matter. It was a very poor experience for all of us.

  • (7 years ago)

    De Portola is the most awesome middle school in san diego. I just graduated from there and not only are the activites great but the teachers and the way they present things is awesome! My brother goes there now and i am sure he agrees with me when i say Deportola Rocks My socks! Teachers and administration work together to make the middle school experience not only educational but also fun!

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has great learning and the school is very very interested in their children! We have so many activities that almost everyone cries the last day of school not because they are happy but because the passion for their teachers and friends! IT ROCKS! I go there I would know!

  • (7 years ago)

    I think this school is not good. I have my daughter there and she is going to graduate and I will not send any other of my kids there. They horrible teachers and there discipline stuff is to hard on the 6th 7th and 8th graders.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a fun school and has a great environment of learning. There are not as many activities as most people would be interested in like more clubs that deal with art and more sports also. The principal's involvement with her student is outstanding. I love this school and my fun friends. Although the counselors could give more advice to issues than just calling home.

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