Portola Middle School is the city's only middle school and is one of six middle schools in the financially struggling…MoreWest Contra Costa Unified School District. The existing school building, built in 1949, was deemed earthquake unsafe, and the school board decided it couldn't be fixed or rebuilt on the existing site because it is located on a landslide-prone slope that would be unsafe in a major quake. After much debate, the board decided to convert the existing Castro Elementary School site into the new middle school, but a group of Castro parents sued, leaving the fate of the relocation under a legal cloud. Temporary classroom buildings were being constructed at the Portola site in summer 2010. The school mascot is El Toro the Bull.
The data below are from the 2008-09 school year:
Average class size: 24.7
2009 API (Academic Performance Index): 669
2009 API state rank: 2nd lowest decile (80% of middle schools had higher API scores)
Percent of students who are: African American 32.7, Asian 17.2, Filipino 2.5, Hispanic 24.1, Pacific Islander 0.7, White 16.8, Multiple/no response 5.6
Percent of students who are English learners: 19.7
Percent of students who receive free or reduced-price lunches: 58.6