Portola High

Public 9-12

 1001 Cadence
       Irvine, CA  92618-0833


(949) 936-8200

District: Irvine Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
76th of 2,346 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,044 Help


Feeder schools for Portola High:

Elementary:    Beacon Park
    Cadence Park
    Loma Ridge Elementary
    Portola Springs Elementary
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Middle:    Jeffrey Trail Middle

Student/teacher ratio:  27.5 Help
Number of students:  2,293

Racial breakdown:

Asian:
60.8%
White:
18.4%
Hispanic:
9.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  16.4% Help


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Compare Details Portola High ranks better than 96.8% of high schools in California. It also ranks 3rd among 6 ranked high schools in the Irvine Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 95.67. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Portola High freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Portola High has the largest high school student body size in the Irvine Unified School District. Racial makeup is: Asian (60.8%), White (18.4%), Hispanic (9.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 16.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Portola High is 27.5. 5 high schools in the Irvine Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Portola High employs 83.1 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Portola High is $8,044, which is the 2nd highest among 6 high schools in the Irvine Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Portola High:

SchoolDigger ranks Portola High 76th of 2346 California public high schools. (See Portola High in the ranking list.)

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Irvine Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Irvine Unified 92nd of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Portola High

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Rank History for all students at Portola High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 93.76 122nd 2133 94.3%
2021 95.39 46th 1290 96.4%
2022 98.08 43rd 2123 98.0%
2023 95.67 76th 2335 96.7%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Portola High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 51.64 223rd 422 47.2%
2022 75.14 110th 515 78.6%
2023 75.92 131st 780 83.2%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Portola High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 97.85 15th 941 98.4%
2022 96.19 16th 1044 98.5%
2023 61.93 124th 1315 90.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Portola High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 62.89 285th 1539 81.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Portola High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 86.39 187th 1937 90.3%
2021 95.32 42nd 1126 96.3%
2022 96.72 62nd 1943 96.8%
2023 90.78 136th 2237 93.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Portola High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 91.60 134th 1833 92.7%
2021 92.50 72nd 1054 93.2%
2022 96.79 61st 1858 96.7%
2023 95.66 64th 2106 97.0%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Portola High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 85.96 97th 1117 91.3%
2022 84.47 106th 1161 90.9%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at Portola High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 93.28 6th 168 96.4%
2023 93.83 10th 233 95.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Portola High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 94.17 99th 1880 94.7%
2021 96.69 36th 1122 96.8%
2022 98.44 38th 1916 98.0%
2023 94.59 91st 2195 95.9%
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Rank History for Asian students at Portola High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 72.36 171st 582 70.6%
2022 81.67 92nd 581 84.2%
2023 73.45 189th 727 74.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Portola High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 69.72 438th 1814 75.9%
2022 97.67 47th 1861 97.5%
2023 94.58 70th 2132 96.7%
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Rank History for White students at Portola High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 70.77 325th 1222 73.4%
2022 82.58 165th 1204 86.3%
2023 67.19 343rd 1424 75.9%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Portola High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2017 93 5 248 31 1 1 17 0 396
2018 194 14 552 62 1 4 36 0 863
2019 304 25 864 114 1 8 66 0 1382
2020 394 31 1162 179 2 9 116 2 1895
2021 319 18 942 149 1 7 101 2 1539
2022 390 40 1276 207 1 14 161 8 2097
2023 421 36 1394 228 1 10 191 12 2293

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Portola High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 396 20.0 19.7 10.9
2018 863 37.7 22.8 15.5
2019 1382 52.7 26.2 18.6
2020 1895 n/a n/a 16.7
2021 1539 60.7 25.3 17
2022 2097 86.5 24.2 16.2
2023 2293 83.1 27.5 16.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Portola High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 396 20.0 19.7 10.9
2018 863 37.7 22.8 15.5
2019 1382 52.7 26.2 18.6
2020 1895 n/a n/a 16.7
2021 1539 60.7 25.3 17
2022 2097 86.5 24.2 16.2
2023 2293 83.1 27.5 16.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Portola High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $8,044

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Portola High

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 122nd of 2133 High schoolsRanks 76th of 2335 High schools
 2.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Portola High)73.781.9
 8.2%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Irvine Unified)76.277.1
 0.9%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Portola High)69.768.2
 1.5%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Irvine Unified)70.766.1
 4.6%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (Portola High)59.958.8
 1%
   11th Grade Science (Irvine Unified)66.561.9
 4.7%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.431.7
 1.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students13822293
 65.9%
African American2536
 44%
American Indian11
Asian8641394
 61.3%
Hispanic114228
 100%
Pacific Islander810
 25%
White304421
 38.5%
Two or More Races66191
 189.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients18.6%16.4%
 2.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Portola High

Students at Portola High are 61% Asian, 18% White, 10% Hispanic, 8% Two or more races, 2% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 2,293 students attended Portola High.

Portola High is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Beacon Park
Elementary : Cadence Park
Elementary : Loma Ridge Elementary
Elementary : Portola Springs Elementary
Elementary : Woodbury Elementary
Middle : Jeffrey Trail Middle

Yes! Portola High is one of the best high schools in the state. It ranks 76th of 2346 California high schools.


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