Portola is the fifth and most recently built High School in the massive Irvine Unified School District. This "future-proofed" school opened in 2019 with excess capacity to promote additional students coming to Irvine.
Public-Private Partnerships benefited every stage of this schools development, but it shows most in the planning. Portola is the first school in the State of California completed before the associated housing development went up, allowing the school district to better handle the expected influx of new families. In the past, Developers would rush to finish housing while neglecting school infrastructure, which in turn caused a glut of students to be passed around between schools already at capacity. This reults in a loss of teaching efficiency and portable classrooms are brought in to add artificial class space.