School Details

Murdock-Portal Elementary School

1188 Wunderlich Drive, San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 973-8191
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 536 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

96%
88%
56%
97%
93%
65%

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
  • Cupertino Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
83%
46%
100%
95%
66%

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
  • Cupertino Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

99%
93%
65%
99%
95%
72%

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
  • Cupertino Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
91%
60%
99%
92%
65%
98%
90%
57%

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
  • Cupertino Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Murdock-Portal Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Jose. The principal of Murdock-Portal Elementary School is Julie Ales and can be contacted at ales_julie@cusdk8.org. 536 students go to Murdock-Portal Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 5% of the Murdock-Portal Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 1% of the 536 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Murdock-Portal Elementary School is 21:1. Nelson S. Dilworth Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 94% 70%
White, non-Hispanic 5% 23%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Black, non-Hispanic 0% 1%
Filipino 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%
Unspecified 0% 0.05%
Multiracial 0% %
Hispanic 0% 5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 18645%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 1% 5%
Limited English proficiency 5% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I was little worried about my daughter when she got admission to Portal School because of she being the youngest in the class. But with the support of teacher I could see the immense change in her in a year. Love the way they teach and motivate kids to learn and even motivate parents in participating in all the activities that occur. And one best thing I liked is the way they keep note of each and everything the child does. I always get a note for what my child did in each subject. For example; During sharing time what all my child spoke all points were noted down and handed over to us. The conclusion is that the best school with best teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    Overall I think this is good school. My daughter has been there for some years and the new principal feels like a good leader. I think she does not want it to be as academic oriented as it used to be and I welcome that because it seemed like it was getting too academic and the scores were most important and it was not about the school experience. Just my opinion. I wish there was a gifted program for kids because I feel my child can do more but isn't always allowed to move further ahead. But I like the school and she has a great time.

  • (3 years ago)

    The multi-age village based learning environments are just one of the few reasons Murdock Portal is such a great school. It has year round academic calendar aimed to ensure that students retain more as they grow... and some of the homework is project-based letting them use their own creativity and collaboration with parents. The Principal is deeply committed and is a constant presence in most of the activities. The teachers regularly communicate with the parents through emails and blogs and that keeps the parents well-informed all the time. The PTA (PSCO) manages quite a few activities throughout the year including Lunch Clubs Enrichment Programs and Instructional Aids just to name a few. Overall Murdock Portal Elementary is a great combination of an effective learning program efficient teachers and steady leadership of the Principal.

  • (4 years ago)

    Portal school has good staff and better education.

  • (4 years ago)

    My kids learn a lot from the multi-age class.The teachers and the staff are very supportive. The parents are fantastic and contribute a lot to the spirit of the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    My kids love the multiage school class. They learn a lot from older or younger kids as well. The teachers and staff are great.

  • (4 years ago)

    My kids learn a lot from the multi-age class and the semi year round school calendar. The teachers and the staff are great and supportive. Lots of parents participate and kids love the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers are great and very responible.

  • (4 years ago)

    Portal is a great school - great teachers - excellent and well rounded curriculum.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have four children two have gone through and are in high school and two are still there. Murdock-Portal builds extremely well rounded balanced kids through multi-age villages modified year-round schedule and team teaching.

  • (4 years ago)

    Love this school excellent staff and my kid is having a blast at school. I have been talking high about portal with my friends and have been encouraging them to apply for the lottery every year.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son changed from one school to the other several times due to family relocations. He entered Portal last year. I have to say that Portal is the best with experienced and responsible teachers they care about every thing the students have academically and socially. I am very happy to have my child in this outstanding school.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a great school. My son has been to three very good school but we were not satisfied with the academics. We are very happy with this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am lucky to have my son in this school. He is in 3rd grade and I can see that principal and also lovely teachers contribute a lot in his social as well as academic development

  • (7 years ago)

    It is a very well balanced school. My three kids are all in Portal .They love the school since they have so much fun there. The teachers are very friendly and communicate effectively with the parents. The village based multi-age learning environment are very unique and works very well. BTW its running club program really rocks.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think the school is overall decent school. However I do see that the school needs to improve the language arts programs where more emphasis is given to reading and writing programs. Lets face it all Cupertino schools are not diverse anymore and most of the kids speak different languages at home and so schools need to change the strategy and focus more resources on reading program and writing strategy. Also the number of volunteers is dwindling since people feel if they have donated the money they don't need to volunteer. Very few extra curricular activities for lower grades.

  • (7 years ago)

    Very good academic program. My daughter has been going to this school since 2005 starting her Kindergarden. The principal is very involved and friendly to approach both by parents and students. She loves her job so are all the teachers. The school is truly all rounded great emphasis on creativity in many areas including in the main subject areas Writing reading and math. My daughter loves the school. Teachers not only care for academic development they also care for social and physical. Teacher communication is awesome. Great technology right in class. Some parents are too hung-up on scores. This is been balanced at school. I wish school doesn't have appeal to parents to give the mandatory donation so that they can focus on actual school activities. I do agree not many after school activities are available compared to other schools. I wish there is better diversity.

  • (7 years ago)

    We like the school a lot for its balanced and overall approach to academic and social learning. The 2-year village concept is definitely a big plus for social interactions. There are lots of opportunities for extra-curricular activities and field trips. Technology immersion has been blended well. But the best aspect is that the teachers and the Principal truly care for the kids' overall personality development. However the parents' personal involvement is only average partly becuase monetary support is expected.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers are exceptional - creative committed and very accessible. The principal Leslie Mains is well-respected by parents students and teachers. My favorite thing about Portal is that you feel like you truly have hit the lottery - you are in a very special place. My only concern about the school is the lack of diversity. That said I think it's a great opportunity for our children (who are white) to experience a small bit of what it is like to be a minority. My kids have had a fantastic academic and social experience at this amazing school!

  • (8 years ago)

    I have my son going to this school. It is a great school. My son loves it. The principal and the teachers are great. There is good level of parent involvement.Very happy with the school.

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