Welcome to Portola

Portola Elementary School is a K-5 school in San Bruno, in the San Bruno Park School District. Portola is proud of its high academic achievement, diverse student body, and dedicated and engaged faculty and staff. Portola’s nurturing and academically challenging environment is the result of an active and supportive family community working in concert with experienced teachers and staff.

In 2014, for the second time, Portola was awarded the designation of California Distinguished School. This designation is well deserved. With the support of a strong PTA, Portola was able to address the needs of its students and offer tutoring programs and classroom assistants. These measures, coupled with the hard work of the teaching staff, resulted in an impressive 2013 API score of 929, an all-time high for the school and for the City of San Bruno.

Portola Traditions

Portola is a school with many traditions. In addition to family night dinners and class sales throughout the year, Portola has several annual events that the students have come to love. In the fall, students participate in an annual school-wide hike to the top of Sweeney Ridge where Gaspar de Portola – for whom the school is named – discovered the San Francisco Bay in 1769. In 2010, the hike this event was renamed in honor of Michael Casey, a beloved Portola teacher who spearheaded the school’s first Sweeney Ridge Hike in 1984 and continues to lead the hike even after his retirement several years ago.

In December, the students build gingerbread houses; in March, the students celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a school-wide morning reading program; each spring the school holds a family potluck, where the entire Portola community comes together for an evening a food and fellowship; and at the end of the school year, we gather at the San Bruno City Park for a day of field games and a BBQ lunch. These are just a few of our many traditions.


Creepy Clown

Dear SBPSD families,
You may have heard about the “Creepy Clown” issue going viral across the United States. In talking with the San Bruno Police Department, I want to let you know that San Bruno has not received any emails or communications regarding the creepy clowns to date. However, because students are seeing messages and information regarding this, our police department will make sure they are visible throughout our school neighborhoods. We have no reason to believe there will be a problem, but we will communicate closely with the San Bruno Police Department to keep a close eye on our schools and children.
Thank you so much. Student safety is our priority. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at 650 624-3110.

Cheryl Olson

Familias SBPSD Queridos,

Usted puede haber oído sobre el tema Payaso Gangster o “Creepy Clown” ir viral a través de Estados Unidos. Al hablar con el Departamento de Policía de San Bruno, quiero hacerle saber que San Bruno no ha recibido ningún correo electrónico o las comunicaciones relativas a los payasos espeluznantes hasta la fecha. Sin embargo, porque los estudiantes están viendo mensajes e información con respecto a este, nuestro departamento de policía se asegurará de que sean visibles a través de nuestros barrios escolares. No tenemos ninguna razón para creer que habrá un problema, pero vamos a comunicar estrechamente con el Departamento de Policía de San Bruno para mantener una estrecha vigilancia sobre nuestras escuelas y niños.

Muchas gracias. La seguridad del estudiante es nuestra prioridad. Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor no dude en comunicarse conmigo al 650 624-3110.


Cheryl Olson