El Portal School is located in El Portal, California, a small town in the Merced River canyon fifteen miles west of Yosemite Valley and thirty miles east of Mariposa. This location provides amazing outdoor learning opportunities for the students of our Necessary Small School. Curriculum and instruction are driven by district-adopted academic standards. Instruction is often theme-based, with strong science, visual and performing arts components. Physical education includes learning to swim, ski, hike in the mountains and play tennis. Parents and our Yosemite National Park partners contribute to the rich learning environment.