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Portola Valley

Surrounded by wooded hills, this pristine and picturesque town of 4500 residents is located just west of Stanford University in a green and gold valley astride the world-famous San Andreas Fault. The town values its environmental and historic heritage, its excellent public schools and its economical town government supported by a multitude of volunteers. An extensive trail system, scenic roads, open space and natural views contribute to one's feeling of being in the country, as do architectural guidelines that stress "blending in". Commercial activity is encouraged to the extent that it primarily meets needs of residents of the community. These factors have enabled the town to retain a rural ambiance reminiscent of earlier days.

The Portola Valley School District has two public primary schools: Ormondale School (with grades K-3) and Corte Madera School (grades 4-8).  Portola Valley is also home to a private college-preparatory Roman Catholic boarding school, Woodside Priory School, with grades 6-12.  The nearest public secondary school os Woodside High School, located in neighboring Woodside.  Many children attend other public and private institutions of higher learning across the area.  These schools include and may not be limited to; woodside Priory School, Menlo-Atherton High School, Saint Francis High School (Mountain View), Menlo School, Sacred Heart Preparatory (Atherton), and Crystal Springs Uplands School.