Students at West Portal Lutheran School enjoy numerous educational opportunities outside of the classroom. These include numerous field trips in San Francisco and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Our students visit the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Coyote Point, The Lawrence Hall of Science, Chabot Science Center, Point Reyes National Lighthouse, Sanchez Adobe in Pacifica, San Jose Tech Museum, and Stanford University. Every activity is tied closely to the curriculum and provides a way for the students to enhance their classroom learning.
Our fourth grade students participate annually in an Outdoor Learning Experience in Coloma, CA, where gold was discovered in 1848. For three days and two nights our students are immersed in California History. Our students enjoy numerous activities including making a shelter, attending a Hoe Down, baking cornbread, and panning for gold.
Every other year, our seventh and eighth grade students have the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., and colonial Williamsburg, VA. While on this trip, the students learn about the founding of the United States and visit the U.S. Capitol building, multiple Smithsonian Museums, Ford's Theater, the White House, and numerous monuments in the D.C. metro area. The students learn about American government, American history, and important events that shaped our nation and the world through this week long hands on optional educational experience.