School Tours 2017-18

We invite you to visit West Portal Elementary School. Our school tours are the best way to get a feel for the school and learn important information.

We offer guided tours most Thursday mornings 9am from mid October until the time of the January SFUSD application deadline. Tours are led by our Principal. Parents Club representatives are also present to answer questions, and you’ll have a chance to see our kindergarten classes, school facilities, and more.

Please check for available tour dates and reserve a spot - linked here.

Below are some quick facts about our school. Our school tour packet contains more in-depth information about West Portal Elementary. Our Kindergarten FAQ (included in the tour packet) may be helpful to you in envisioning specifics of your child’s day, including schedule and logistics information. For those looking to really dig into details, our handbook is on our welcome page.

  • We are a 2014-2015 California Distinguished School. 592 K-5 students attend our school. Approximately 1/3 of our students are in the Cantonese Language Immersion Program (CIP), while 2/3 are in the General Education Program (GE).

  • For Kindergarten, there are 33 CIP spots and 66 GE spots (99 total available seats).

  • Our start time is 8:40am. We have onsite extended care available before and after school as well as several after school enrichment options.

  • Our two-way Cantonese Immersion Program (CIP) was the first in the US and became a model for many other SFUSD schools.

  • Our unified Parents Club includes all parents and guardians of students enrolled in both the CIP and GE programs. The Parents Club funds academic supplements, technology, community events, and much more. More information about the programs we support is available on our Ed Fund page.

  • Our robust outdoor education and garden area (with resident chickens) was built on a former parking lot. Unique to our school are the award winning Chinese Performing Arts Program and school wide Spring Musical.

  • Our curriculum includes Garden Science, Science partnership with SF State, Music Makers, fine art, opera, poetry, and a full time library program.  

  • Our students are equipped with new technology (Promethean "smart boards", mobile tablet carts, classroom computers) to enhance learning, help teachers create dynamic lessons, foster collaboration in the classroom, and prepare students for computer-based standardized testing.

  • West Portal Elementary prioritizes social emotional learning alongside traditional and innovative academics.

Please refer to the SFUSD website for enrollment deadlines and other information about the application process.

Should you have any questions about school tours, please call 415-759-2846 or email schooltours@westportalschool.com.