School Tours: The Panther Awakens

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Getting to Know West Portal Elementary!

School tours start this week, so it's a perfect time to reflect on what makes our school unique. To our current teachers, parents, and students, thank you for all your support in creating and maintaining the points of pride listed below. To families considering West Portal Elementary, hopefully this information will be useful in getting to know the school. If you want to visit in person, click here for information on our weekly tours.   

Panther Pride:

  • 2014-15 California Distinguished School
  • 2013 San Francisco Principal of the Year--Principal William Lucey
  • Historically high API score (914 in 2013)
  • 595 Students
  • 2/3 of Students Enrolled in General Education Program (Attendance Area Preference)
  • 1/3 of Students Enrolled in Chinese (Cantonese Language) Immersion Program (Citywide Program)
  • Nation's First 2-Way Language Immersion Program
  • Parents Club Free to All Parents and Guardians, Serves Both Gen Ed and CIP Programs to Unify Our Community

School Life:

  • Experienced Staff; Teacher Professional Development and Common Planning
  • Year-Round Music Makers World Music Classes
  • Garden and Outdoor Science Program
  • Computer Lab and Technology Upgrades
  • "Bucket Filling" Citizenship Emphasis
  • Weekly Friday Assemblies (Parents Welcome)
  • Inclusive Classroom Program
  • Visual Arts
  • Opera
  • Poetry
  • Full-Time Library
  • SF Symphony AIM
  • Physical Education (plus Kindergarten Perceptual Motor)
  • Playworks Recess Coaches
  • Bike, Walk, or Roll to School Day
  • Field Day
  • Kickball Team
  • 5th Grade Overnight Field Trip to Naturebridge

After School:

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  • 4 Full Day Childcare Options (Onsite GLO and All Stars Mandarin, SF Rec and Park Programs at West Portal Playground and JP Murphy Playground)
  • Enrichment Classes (All Stars Mandarin, Academic Chess, Bricks 4 Kidz, Tree Frog Treks, Little Opera)
  • Parent-Organized Sports: (soccer, basketball, baseball)
  • Spring Musical
  • Award-Winning Chinese Performing Arts Program