Award Year: 2021

De Portola Elementary School

27031 Preciados Drive
Mission Viejo, CA, 92691-5214

(949) 586-5830

Mr. Brendon Morrow, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School, Choice School

Saddleback Valley Unified School District

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Excellence, innovation, and inclusion in teaching and learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 60%
  • Hispanic: 15%
  • Asian: 14%
  • Two or more races: 10%
Our Patriots honoring military members and first responders.

Our Patriots honoring military members and first responders.

Relationships before learning. Great schools exist because of the bond between eager students and remarkable educators. De Portola teachers have the great privilege and daunting responsibility of taking on approximately 550 of South Orange County, California's prized possessions each weekday. A variety of cultures, countries, and backgrounds are represented at our doors each morning, being greeted by welcoming messages posted throughout the school reminding them kindness matters.

Our spirited, faithful, and supportive community sets a great example of kindness throughout our school, each doing their part in sharing responsibility to create a nurturing environment optimal for academic success. De Portola families are generous with their time and money, annually banking thousands of volunteer hours as well as raising thousands of dollars directly benefiting our students through an active Parent Teacher Association.

Our professional staff motivates each other to remain on the forefront of education's best practices. Having traditionally strong test scores is not enough. Our faculty embraces the challenge of finding groups of students hidden within those scores who are not achieving at the same level as others. Finding ways to support our struggling learners is amongst our biggest challenges and also our greatest source of pride. Examining our individual and collective practices is a source of continued focus and discourse. Weekly Professional Learning Communities, regular site staff meetings, and quarterly district trainings offer our teachers opportunities to engage in high level professional training, ensuring first best instruction is prominent in each classroom.