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 of a variety of opportunities including our excellent band program, art, Spanish Language, computers, drama, leadership and dance.