West Portal Elementary School
School code number: 876
Grade Level: K-5
Hours: 8:40AM - 2:40PM
5 Lenox Way, San Francisco, CA, 94127
Neighborhood: West of Twin Peaks
Phone: (415) 759-2846
Fax: (415) 242-2526
School Loop: westportal-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com
Principal: William Lucey
Discover this school
West Portal School is a Kindergarten through 5th grade school of over 570 students. We support learning and achievement for our students with four core beliefs: 1) All students can learn and succeed, 2) Success breeds success, 3) Schools control the conditions of success within the school environment, and 4) Collaboration among all stakeholders is essential. Access and equity at West Portal means understanding and respecting students and their backgrounds. It means assessing where they are academically and socially and striving to provide all students what they need through an enriching educational experience inside and outside of the classroom and within a safe, secure environment. Classroom and support teachers implement a variety of programs to address differing learning styles and individual needs of all students. We encourage joyful learners by providing hands-on activities such as field trips, music, gardening, sports and dance. We provide creative conditions and use teachable moments to support each child's individual strengths across multiple learning environments. We like to build students' skills in context, rather than in isolation, helping children to understand how their knowledge and skills are useful beyond the classroom.
Through the third grade, small class sizes provide space, materials, and access to the teacher for all students. We clearly share our realistic and achievable goals and strategies with parents and staff. All staff members perform their responsibilities to the best of their abilities to achieve goals, including support for extra programming—such as a garden project and a school musical. Our teachers attend to students' emotional well-being and encourage them to develop self-confidence; responsibility and self-discipline; listening, problem solving, critical thinking, and social skills. Development of these 21st Century learning skills helps the children to engage and enjoy learning, and to accomplish their learning goals.
This school feeds into middle school
Hoover, Herbert Middle School
School ToursThursdays from 9AM to 10:30AM, principal guided tours in the months of November to January; self-guided tours everyday, anytime during the school day.
Before School Programs
After School Programs2:40-6:00PM Growth and Learning Opportunities (GLO), our exemplary non-profit before and after school program, opens its doors at 7:00AM and provides childcare until 6:00PM. 4-5 After-School Sport teams
Special Education Programs
- Designated Instructional Services
- Resource Specialist Program
Resource Specialist Program, Inclusion, Designated Instructional Services
English Plus Pathway, Elementary Dual Language Immersion Pathway (Cantonese, K-5)
Student Support Programs
Part-time Learning Support Professional
School Day Academic EnrichmentGarden, Music and Performing Arts Program
Opportunities for Parental Involvement
Parents and guardians play a vital role in the school. They volunteer in the classroom and at home, come on field trips, work in the library and garden, plan class festivities, share in decision-making, support the instructional program, and serve as curriculum resources. They organize Exploratorium science nights at West Portal and after school activities, coordinate our annual participation in the Chinese New Year Parade, and provide other support for our children. All parents and guardians are invited to join the West Portal Parents Club, and participate in the fund-raising programs that provide needed funds for our visual and Performing arts programs, P.E. program, Garden Program, Library program and instructional materials as well as enrichment activities. Parents and guardians are our most valuable resource.