Principal Lucey is great. Mrs Callaghan, the elementary coordinator is also super-helpful. My son loves this school.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Great teachers, great enriched programs, high parents involment, culture deversity reflection.
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!
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.
Because the students, parents and faculty are always there willing to help one another...
West portal is a great school. it has a lot of great students,teachers,parents and pricipal. It is a great school.
The teachers are great. Principal Lucey is fabulous. They have great programs and really care about the kids, the community, and the parents.
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
West Portal is a wonderful school. The school has strong parents support ,great teachers, and students.
The school activities that they have. Arts, sports, and field trips.
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.
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.
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