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5 Lenox Way
San Francisco, CA 94127

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(415) 759-2846
(415) 242-2526
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August 24, 2014
Ms Callaghan is very nice and helpful! My child is 5th grade now. Sometimes I do volunteering for this school so I know a little better about this school. Staffes here always have lunch meeting to share their teaching thoughts and students' issues. I think this school is should place at one of top ten schools in SFUSD.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
Principal Lucey is great. Mrs Callaghan, the elementary coordinator is also super-helpful. My son loves this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2013
This is an amazing school. I have 2 sons here. One I the general education track and one in the Chinese immersion track. They have both had wonderful teachers. We feel very fortunate to be a part of this community.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
We've had girls in the Chinese Immersion program @ West Portal for the past 6 years and have seen a great school continue to improve. The principle is really strong, engaged, present and available. He addresses issues raised. Most of the teachers are really wonderful. But, as one would expect, there are a select few that are not. Parent involvement has helped provide the feedback to improve below expectations situations. The community of parents and alum are strong. And, the campus is an example of the community. The garden, the art murals, and the imprint of the students around campus makes the school special. And, the extra curricular programming, such as the Chinese Parade, School Musical and sports activities define the West Portal experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2010
Our daughter started K in the Chinese Immersion Program this fall and she loves her teachers and school. She really enjoys her weekly music class, twice a week PE class and special art program. The school's parent community seems very organized and active, especially with fundraising and special events. For an elementary school, the school feels very large and a bit impersonal, though.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2010
The teachers are very friendly and helpful. It has a great atmosphere and the school culture is very attentive to parents needs. It also has a great Bilingual Immersion Program (Chinese/English). In addition, it is located in a great neighborhood that allows foot access to many of it's neighboring high lights (promotes walking/exercise).

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
My daughter is in 1st grade and in the Chinese Immersion Program. This is a very popular school in a great neighborhood. The teachers, staff, and principal are awesome. The parent participation/volunteering is even better. Academics and extra curricular activities are well-rounded. Our daughter is so enthusiastic about going to school everyday because she is learning so much from her classmates, her teachers of course, the immersion program, the after-school program, and from the whole environment surrounding the school itself.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2010
Great teachers, great enriched programs, high parents involment, culture deversity reflection.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2010
West Portal Elementary is a great school. The entire staff; the principal, all the teachers, all the supporting teachers/helpers, and the custodial staff; all strive to make West Portal Elementary the best place for children to learn. I believe that the children have fun while going to school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
My daughter loves her school and would like to go to school 7 days a week. Their Chinese Immersion Program is the first in the nation with experienced and devoted teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
Because the students, parents and faculty are always there willing to help one another...

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
Because my boys wake up happy to go to school

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
West portal is a great school. it has a lot of great students,teachers,parents and pricipal. It is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
The teachers are great. Principal Lucey is fabulous. They have great programs and really care about the kids, the community, and the parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
west portal is a loving school community..i have been proud to be a part of the teaching staff for over 20 years..GO PANTHERS

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
My kids love this school. The teachers are great here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
West Portal is a wonderful school. The school has strong parents support ,great teachers, and students.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
A great environment to study and grow as a child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
The school activities that they have. Arts, sports, and field trips.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
We feel very fortunate that our children are able to attend West Portal Elementary. Even with the budget cuts, the school with the help from giving parents, manages to continue providing an excellent and varied learning experience in a safe, positive, fun and caring environment. The things they learn in addition to the basic curriculum, such as arts, music, gardening and culture, will stay with them for a lifetime. We can t say enough about the teachers and the staff that go above and beyond the call, the amazing level of parental involvement and the overall wonderful community at the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
This public school is equally as good as any private school. The immersion program has allowed my 6 year old to blossom. She went in not speaking one word of Chinese, she now has an amazing vocabulary and has even participated in Chinese language contests. This school is amazing. The teachers are caring. The principal is vibrant and the parent participation is first class.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
My grand daughter has blossomed in this school. She did not know any Chinese entering the immersion program, I would say that she is fluent. First rate program!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
I had given up on public schools, but what I have seen over the last two years has given me hope. West Portal really cares. Teachers arrive early in the morning and leave late in the day. Miss Lee (Chinese Immersion) has opened my eyes - THANK YOU! I take care of two children attending this school and I can tell you that the community is blessed to have a school and a teacher like that! Keep up the good work! Hopefully the government will soon realize that they NEED good public schools!

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2010
West Portal ia a terrific school. It has dedicated parents, teachers and principal.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 30, 2010
My 7 year old goddaughter goes to W. Portal and loves it. She's a free spirit and the school has been very skillful in helping her channel her energy into academic achievement. But, most important, she's so happy there...great teachers and leadership, strong parental support, a good after-school program---and she's now writing and speaking Chinese...what a great learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
This school has very caring teachers, administrators, parents, and students making it one of the best schools to attend.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
I love it because my child makes nice friends and can learn chinese.Also there are a lot of activites for my child. And all the teachers are nice the school is also fun.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
West Portal is a wonderful school filled with compassionate staff and thoughtful parents. It's an awesome environment to learn and genuinely thrive in. I truly love West Portal Elementary. I am humbled by both the staff and children on a daily basis, and am filled with such gratitude for all the experiences that I have accumulated over the years that I have worked here.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
Mark and Allison loves everything about West Portal. They will have great memories to reflect upon!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
West Portal is a great school because the school provides a lot of activities my child enjoys. She makes good friends and loves to participate in the school's performances.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
West Portal Elementary School has fantastic teachers and staff, a great principal, and an active and involved community of parents and alumni. The kids come first at West Portal, and they all like school and perform well as a result.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
West Portal is a great school because it has great teachers, staffs and lots of parents involvement. There's also lot of different activities that our kids enjoys.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
I am glad that my kids gets to attend West Portal school. This school has great staffs, awesome teachers, lots of activities for kids, cool & nice parents, great afterschool program and my kids enjoys their school so what more can I ask for.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
The teachers are smart, creative and compassionate. The community is welcoming and vibrant. The school is a great place for our kids to learn and grow in.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Great Chinese Immersion Program. Both programs feed off each other which lead to great school spirit that involves both Chinese Immersion and General Education students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Great teachers, principal and staff. The kids are so happy...to learn! We love the gardening program.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
This is not a job, it is truly a passion and joy to come to West Portal every day. We encourage parent participation! We are so lucky to have many of our neighbors involved in our school even though they no longer have children in the school!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
We all love the so many things about West Portal!!! What a fabulous, caring community. My daughter especially loves participating in the Opera Project, the Spring Musical and the garden!! These things make her really excited to be at school!! The entire staff goes above and beyond to make West Portal an outstanding school!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
This is an amazing school with a wonderful parent, student, staff, and teacher community. We all put the kids first and work hard to make it a creative, fun, nurturing place to learn. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 27, 2010
My family has been involved with West Portal for many years. During their time there, my children felt so cared for. Everyone looks out for everyone else. It is truly a special place.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 27, 2010
Because of the wonderful staff and all the fantastic programs!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 26, 2010
Top performing school with a warm and nuturing environment for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Our school has an amazing, caring teaching and administrative staff as well as a strong parent community. My kids love their experience at West Portal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
West Portal has a caring group of teachers and staff that care about the total student not just the academics. There is also wonderful parent involvement. This is a great school. As an educator, I feel lucky to have my children attending West Portal School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Wonderful teachers that provide great care and attention to each kid. Great academic and other programs that help kids develop their potential in every aspect.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
I love West Portal because it has world-class teachers who really care about our children and our community. West Portal celebrates cultural diversity and helps instill strong values of mutual respect and kindness. They're not uptight and pretencious. The kids are joyful and truly engaged!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
West Portal has always been one of the top performers.Our children love this school because of the great involvement and collaboration of the parents, students, teachers and faculty.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
Nice learning environment for kid!. Great Chinese Immersion program!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
West Portal not only provides strong academics but also has a warm and caring environment. My kids love the new Gardening class. Extracurriculum is excellent too, e.g., spring musical, Chinese performance art etc.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
My daughter, in 2nd grade, loves going to school! The teachers are fantastic, with a long tenure at West Portal. And, the parents are committed and involved. Not only does our daughter get a great academic education, but also has a full education around art, music and the outdoors. Participation in the Chinese New Year's parade, an all volunteer effort, is a highlight during the year. And, the afterschool program, GLO is top notch.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
West Portal provides a stress free environment where children are able to play and learn. There is no high pressure here. The teachers are excellent. The students are taught to be curious and happy and learn through those modalities. West Portal is what all schools should be, a positive environment ideal for establishing a life long joy of learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Great all-around school - academic to social to economic diversity. Great academics, experienced and caring teachers, cool and accessible principal, parents who are committed to public education, kids who will be in each other's lives for a long time. And the afterschool on site program, GLO, is fantastic. We feel like we've hit the jackpot in terms of schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
The committment of both parents and teachers is very strong. The students are very happy, especially my 3rd grader daughter. She loves the environment and feel very confortable with all the school staff. My other 2 other children also attended West Portal Elem School and they always remember the fond memories of attending this school. They remember their teachers and all the fun activies such as performing at the annual Chinese New Year Parade. As a parent, I truly enjoyed sending my children to this school and I will always be proud for being part of this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
My child is in 2nd grade. West Portal strikes a nice balance between academics and nurturing. The school does a great job at fostering the love of learning and school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
At West Portal the focus is on the student. While it is strong in academics, it is equally strong in providing a warm environment for each student to feel happy and encouraged individually--we couldn't ask for a better place for our daughters to learn about themselves and the world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
My son is in first grade and we love West Portal. It is an all around great school. The teachers, the staff, principal care so much about the students and the academics. They have great programs and we are lucky to attend West Portal!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
The fabulous staff make this school a caring nurturing place for elementary students, building strong, responsible kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Everyone loves West Portal. I cannot think of a single staff member who is anything less than fantastic. It's a true community, and we love being a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
West Portal's teachers are caring and my kids enjoy participating in the various activities available: Chinese New Year Parade, Pumpkin Patch, Halloween Carnival, Spring Arts festival etc.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Because of the involvement of the teacher and parents, because of the garden program, because of the musical every year, because they manage to both provide a caring and nurturing place and achieve high test scores.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
we are just like a happy learning family for parent, teacher and student to grow and learn together.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
We have a true community at West Portal with great teachers/staff/principal, happy and high-performing students, and involved parents. We had such a nice experience with our first daughter there that it was our first choice for our second daughter also.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
The teachers are very experienced and work very had. The kids are happy learners. Good parent participation too.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
The school has great/positive energy and it all stems from the caring staff and parent involvement. We feel TRULY blessed to have our kids at this school :)

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The school provides warm and loving staff that help support my children academically and mentally.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The teaching staff are amazing. I reviewed many schools for my children and was impressed. Will Lucey is a great leader and our sol ucky to have him too. The school is a real gem!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The teachers are caring, bright, professional, hardworking and creative.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The staff actually cares for the kids and you can sense the aura of pride in the atmosphere there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
This school is beyond fabulous. The teachers, principal, school secretary, and custodian are all friendly and caring. If there is a problem, it is addressed right away, causing a resolution instead of an increasingly larger problem. The children enjoy the garden program. It gives a class of city kids a chance to dig in the dirt and look for 'rolly-pollies.' I am so happy that my child goes to a school where he has a chance to be in a musical, (the teachers donate their time and resources,) go to music class, and be a part of a classroom where the children care about each other.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
such a wonderful school, we feel so lucky that our two children go there!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
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April 22, 2010
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April 22, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Awesome teachers, great all round education. Fantastic gardening and music programs, colorful hallways and caring environment

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
My daughter is a kindergardener at West Portal Elementary and I love this school. She is in the immersion program and her chinese teacher, Lee Lo See has been an inspirational teacher. I could see my daughter has grown alot aceademically and socially too. West Portal has great extra curriculum classes like gardening, music, singing, PE and cooking that is all sponsored by the parent club. Thus, this school has a very strong parent participation which makes a great difference during this dire state of state budget cuts to our school's funding.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
It has a great community. The parents, teachers and staff work together towards common goals The children are compassionate and learn that everyone is different but we all should get along

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Every year we have another favorite teacher added to our list. The staff is amazing and we have a very dedicated school community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Great School. Great teachers. Great Afterschool (GLO). Amazing reading teacher.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
While many friends and contemporaries have moved their families out of The City, we've decided to stay for one reason: West Portal Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
My daughter always says she wants to go to school 7 days a week!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
West Portal has a solid balance of academics and enrichment (such as art, music, garden, dance & Chinese Performing Arts). My daughter receives an excellent education, life long friendships and is stretched to think creatively. We are thrilled to be part of the West Portal Community!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
I love the caring and nurturing environment at West Portal. All the teachers are qualified and good with the kids. The principal is available and visible. It's a warm and friendly school.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Great teachers, friendly stuff. My son is very happy there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Great teachers and administrators that exemplify public service. Strong academically, but also a very down to earth and welcoming community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Excellent and dedicated teachers and a very active and engaged parents club. Solid academic education and the school offers a wide range of enrichment activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
The families, principal, and teachers are wonderful and caring. The parent group is a strong group and raise a lot of money to fund programs that many schools don't have. Both my children have received a great education in a welcoming and warm community. We have all made life long friends at West Portal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
It's a wonderful place to work. Great community of families and teachers. Lots of energy.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 21, 2010
West Portal has a fabulous teaching staff and a wonderful parent community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Because we have the best teachers, the best principal, the best secretary, a wonderful enviromental in general our school it is a wonderful place for learning

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
We applied for West Portal initially for the language immersion, which is incredible. Along with that is an amazing garden program, a wonderful music program and a dedicated community. We feel lucky to know that the education our children are receiving is world class and the friends they are making will be lifelong.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
The best academic, safe, art school for growing minds!

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
The teachers are engaged and challenge the children, the principal is active and responsible, and we've got a dedicated parent community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
West Portal Elementary School has the best teachers and one of the best Chinese Language Immersion Programs which my children participated in. The administrator, teachers, and parents were very caring and supportive. My children really enjoyed attending the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2009
It's a wonderful school for everything.

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December 23, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 18, 2008
This school has been a great experience. My son needed an IEP and I've heard that in the SF district it would be very difficult to get the servcies needed. NOT the case with WP, the prinicple lead the way and made sure that services he needed were exactly what they offered. Did not have to fight for anything. The teachers and profesional staff are top notch, caring, and creative. The afterschool care is awesome.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
September 01, 2006
My son is returning to 1st Grade at West Portal this fall and I am extremely pleased with the caliber of education, the warm atmosphere, and the level of parent involvement. This is a great school. Although WP, like many other public schools, struggles with a lack of adequate funding, they make up the shortfall through parent donations and creative fundraising events. My son's teachers are creative, committed, and enthusiastic about learning. The principal is very involved and accessible. There is also an on-site before and after school program (for a fee) that is crucial for working parents. We are very, very satisfied with this school and I am looking forward to sending my daughter there next year as well.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2006
We love West Portal for our daughters, and have found the quality of instruction to be very high on the whole. Our kids are enrolled in the General Ed Program. The principal is wonderful, and the school climate is very positive. Despite funding difficulties, the West Portal Parents Club has done a great job at maintaining quality enrichment programs such as music, PE, and Chinese Performing Arts, as well as a part-time librarian. This ia a safe, positive environment I'd highly recommend, though it has become very competitive to get in, especially for the immersion program.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2006
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- submitted by a staff
February 04, 2006
This school is a wonderful environment for learning, in which culture and language are important elements of the day. The school has great extra curricular activities and programs, uncluding a strong focus in participation in the Chinese New Year's Day Parade.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2006
This is a great school. The teachers give 110% keeping it fun for the kids to learn. The parents club raised funds to keep the music, PE and library from disappearing. My daughter enjoyed all of her teachers and participated in the school play each year.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2005
This is a wonderful school wtih a very caring staff. Both my children have thrived at West Portal. They offer a music program and they have the best before and after care providers located on site.

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September 26, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2005
Excellent programs, parent involvement, funding for enrichment. Can do attitude principal. Excellent location and charming building.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2005
We love the level of parents involved in activites outside of the classrooms. The Chinese New Year Parade, the school play, the field trips. The school has lost the neighborhood involvement because alot of children are from outside the area.

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March 16, 2005
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January 12, 2005
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October 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
We moved away from SF and our beloved WP this winter. Our kids are now in one of the best public school districts in the country, where per pupil spending tops $9000. Their years at WP left them more than prepared for their new school. We only wish that their WP teachers, with all their enthusiasm, dedication, and imaginative lessons, had come with them!

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2003
The leadership and the quality of West Portal is just excellent and with heavy parent involvement it really makes this school a winner.

- submitted by a parent
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West Portal Elementary School
5 Lenox Way, San Francisco, CA  94127
(415) 759-2846
Last modified West Portal Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
West Portal Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 112 reviews. Top