West Portal Elementary School

More about this school

  • School Type

    Elementary School, K-5
  • Estimated Enrollment

  • Principal

    • Karen Lee
  • Assistant Principal

    • Lauren Ashton
  • Hours

    Mo - Fr: 8:40 am-2:40 pm

    (K-3) 8:40am - 2:30pm

    (4-5) 8:40am - 2:40pm

  • School Tour

    Thursdays 9-10 a.m. from Oct. to Jan., principal guided tours in the months of November to January; self-guided tours everyday, anytime during the school day.

  • This School Feeds Into

  • Neighborhood

    West Portal
  • School Bus

    94112, 94117, 94124
  • School Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch
  • School Code

  • About West Portal Elementary 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.

  • Before School Programs

    7:00- 8:40 a.m.
  • After School Programs

    2:40-6:00 p.m. Growth and Learning Opportunities (GLO), our exemplary non-profit before and after school program, opens its doors at 7:00 a.m. and provides childcare until 6:00 p.m. 4-5 p.m. After-School Sport teams
  • Language Programs

    • Cantonese Dual Language Immersion
  • Special Education Programs

    • Resource Specialist Program Services
  • School Day Academic Enrichment

    • Computer carts
    • Computer lab
    • STEAM (science; technology; engineering; arts; mathematics)
  • Arts Enrichment

    • Arts residency
    • Drumming
    • Gardening
    • Instrumental music
    • Music program
    • Performing arts
    • Visual arts
    K-5 Music Program, 4-5 Instumental Music Program, ARIA Opera Program
  • Student Support Programs

    • Student adviser
    • Social worker
    • Mentoring
    • Therapist
School Data
Contact Info

West Portal Elementary School

Grades K-5

5 Lenox Way, San Francisco, CA 94127

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8:40 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.