Stonestown YMCA Before and After Care On Site

The YMCA provides our on-site, after-school care program. Learn more about their program and obtain the application packet at See anticipated schedule information here. Our Program Director is Jackson Livingston. Please feel free to contact him at or 415-316-5900.

YMCA Full Day Programs include breakfast, snack, visits to various locations, and lots of fun activities for the kids with three main components: outdoor recreation, academic support, and enrichment.

Location: On-site at West Portal School
Time: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Director’s Message:

Dear West Portal Families,

My name is Jackson Livingston and I am the new Site Director for the Stonestown YMCA Before & After School Program at West Portal Elementary. I am very excited to bring my experience and passion for Youth Development to the West Portal Community. I am originally from Salt Lake City, Utah where I graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Physical Education Teaching with a Minor in Health Teaching. In Utah, I was able to work for a non-proft called Playworks, where I was able to teach students about conflict resolution, the power of positive language, and how to learn through play. I also was able to teach 8th grade health for 3 years before moving to San Francisco. I am coming to the Stonestown YMCA from the Buchanan YMCA where I have been the past 3 years. Previously, I was the Site Coordinator at New Traditions Elementary and Chinese Immersion School De Avila, as well as the Camp Director for the Buchanan branch. I absolutely love working for the YMCA and I am so excited to add this community to the Stonestown Y family.

Youth Development is one of my greatest passions. As a member of the YMCA of SF STEAM Academy, integrating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) into our after school programs is one of my areas of strength. I enjoy watching students, staff, and families realize that STEAM is all around us and there are endless possibilities for learning and exploring. Outside of work, I’m also a very passionate basketball fan (Go Jazz) and love to be outdoors. I love to cook food, and eat food. I love living in San Francisco and have enjoy exploring the city.

Other Options

Students also participate in the programs listed below.  These are all third parties, not affiliated with West Portal School.  Please contact the organizations directly for additional information.

All stars mandarin

Location: On-site at West Portal School
Pick up from classrooms.
Hours are Monday – Friday from after school to 3:50 or 6pm.
Contact Angela Fu by phone at 415-928-9381, by email at or go to their website: 
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced-level classes available.

Mechanics Institute Chess Club of San Francisco

Chess combines fun and learning while promoting a team spirit where everyone helps each other succeed and improve. Our chess program will cover the basics for new students to the game and we can challenge experienced players with more advanced concepts. Students will have the opportunity to learn the moves of the pieces, opening strategy, tactics, checkmates and endgame play. Students will also learn valuable life skills through chess, such as winning and losing with grace, sportsmanship, planning and team spirit. Our mission is to transform and enrich the lives of students through chess.

9/5 - 12/13 (14 classes)
No class: 11/22, 11/29
Open to grades 1-5, Fridays, 2:50-4:00

We pick up grade 1 students from their classroom at 2:30 and bring them to class. We drop off grade 1 students at YMCA on-site after-school program who remain on site after 3:30.

For more information about the class:

Register online:

General information about our classes, clubs, camps and tournaments: www.milibrary/chess/scholasticchess 

Please contact Judit Sztaray @ Mechanics Institute SF with any questions about chess program @ West Portal. 
Main: 415-393-0110
Cell: 919-265-7560

SF Rec & Park

Location: J.P. Murphy Playground, 1960 9th Ave.
Pick up from school.
Hours are from after school to 6pm. 
Register online at, or go to SF Rec & Park's website for more information.
After school program includes homework assistance and recreation activities such as sports, group games, arts and culture, and community exploration. 

Little Artistas

At Little Artistas, children are exposed to the Spanish language using creativity and art. The methodology of the class is multi-disciplinary, integrating images, speaking and reading. Children will explore different techniques and materials to create their artwork (collage, watercolor, paint, among others). The class is taught in Spanish and English, allowing children to build vocabulary, pronunciation, and conversation skills. Some financial aid available.

Open to grades K-5

Tuesdays (grades 3-5) and Thursdays (grades k-2), 2:40-4:10 pm.

We pick up K/1 students from their classroom at 2:30 and bring them to class.

We drop off K/1 students at the YMCA on-site after-school program who remain on site after 4:10.

Registration links:



Fall semester dates: Tuesday, September 17 – Thursday, December 17

(no classes during school breaks/vacation days)