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Portola Middle School is home to one of the most ethnically and socio-economically diverse student bodies in the Bay Area, a feature we consider a greatstrength. Our more than 525 studentsreflect the communitiesof Portola's feeder elementaryschools.
Portola offers rigorous academic programming that is designed to meet the needs of all students. Our standards-based curriculum is geared toward helping every student achieve at or above grade level in all subjects. We have also recently adopted The Universal Design for Learning (UDL)teaching approach(see:Universal Design for Learning (UDL.) UDLprinciples focus on developing creative ways to customize teaching in order to meet students' individual needs, giving all students equal opportunities to learn.
We have advanced courses for Gifted and Talented students. We also offer a Dual Immersion Spanish language program to qualified students, with the goal of creating bilingual, bi-literate, global citizens who will be able to navigate and participate in our ever-growing global economy. Students in need of additional support to strengthen their academic skills are enrolled in our intervention program. Our English Learners Department offers English Language Development classes and Specifically Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) in core subjects to our English Learner students. For students with special needs, we offer special education programs (severely handicapped, non-severely handicapped, resource specialist, hearing impaired and speech) to support specific identified needs of each student. In addition to the core curriculum, students at Portola can take advantage ofa variety of opportunities includingour excellent band program, art,Spanish Language, computers, drama, leadership and dance.