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West Portal Elementary School

13 reviews
5 Lenox Way
San Francisco, CA 94127
(415) 759-2846

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As previously mentioned, I don't have a basis of comparison as we have only one child who has just completed his first half of Kindergarten. That said, meeting other parents with multiple children at WPE, I now know and agree that the community that makes up the school, is solid and involved. The leadership, teachers, and volunteers all seem and appear to be genuinely involved and caring. I feel very fortunate to have found and to be part of this fantastic community that is West Portal.-Mr. David's Kindergarten father
Posted by a parent on 1/11/2019
I have a current 2nd grader and a older child who has now moved on to middle school. West Portal Elementary is an amazing school with an energetic community. The teachers have such fun and creative ways to engage students and keep them learning. The parents club is able to provide wonderful "extras" like world music and garden that help make this school great. The staff is proactive and responsive, really focusing the school on continuous improvements to ensure our children get the best education and socio-emotional support.
Posted by a parent on 1/11/2019
Despite being geographically undesirable and having a mismatch with the (Cantonese) language immersion program, we would rate WPES as our #1 choice. We were lucky enough to get in to the school and feel enormously lucky!
Posted by a parent on 1/11/2019
I have sons in 1st and 3rd grade, so we have been at West Portal for several years, and I’m active in classroom and parent club volunteering. The community at this school is fanstastic—welcoming, supportive, and involved. My sons are in the general education program and all of their teachers have been engaging—they’ve learned a ton, both become avid readers, and they’ve retained their curiosity and love of learning. They look forward to school every day. When my children have faced difficult social situations, the staff has stepped in and given them a safe place to talk and navigate relationships and issues. The focus on the whole child—wellness and social emotional regulation and growth—are what allow the students to be open to learning and ready to absorb what’s being taught. Finally, I love the integrated curriculum. Science isn’t taught out of a book but through garden class and field trips and weekly visits from SF State grad students and UCSF programs who bring experiments and hands on learning; Math is brought to life through World Music class (Ms. Susan is the best!) and PE; and writing through workshops and creation of books with the editing process starting in kindergarten. I love seeing my kids happily head to school each day and coming home bubbling over with whatever fun has happened that day. The after school options are great as well!
Posted by a parent on 8/13/2018
My daughter has blossomed during her recent Kindergarten year at West Portal. She’s in the Cantonese Immersion Program, plays soccer, and attends Glo After School Program. This school was our 1st choice out of 52 on our list, and we couldn’t be happier. The teachers are bright, caring and have been dedicated to the school for a long time. The parent community is awesome and we’ve made just as many friends as she has. As working parents, after school programs are very crucial to us. West Portal Elementary has more than 5 different programs to choose from and they are all on site! We enjoy all the fundraisers especially the Auction and The Annual Camping Trip! P.S. Last year when we selected this school as our first choice, it was a rated a 9. Due to a glitch in testing procedures this past year at the school, the scores went down and pulled our the rating down with it. But all the parents know that it’s still very much a 9. The latest testing results have already improved so this rating will quickly go back up. We’ll be sending all our kids here!
Posted by a parent on 8/1/2018

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San Francisco schools - West Portal Elementary School is located at 5 Lenox Way, San Francisco CA 94127. West Portal Elementary School is in the San Francisco Unified School District. West Portal Elementary School is a Public school that serves grade levels K-5.

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