AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASSES

Given that we are a family with two working parents, the high quality after school enrichment programs offered at the school site truly make WPL a one stop shop! Private piano lessons,  athletic leagues that practice on site, tennis lessons, chess club, girl scouts, architecture club...the options are endless! 

Nathan C., Parent

West Portal Lutheran School continually updates it's after school enrichment programs based on those programs that are best fit for our students and their families. These are some of the enrichment programs that we are currently offering:

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Grades K-8

WPL Music Academy

An important part of life at West Portal Lutheran Church and School is the fantastic after school music program offering private instruction for children ages K-8. The instructors are highly trained in their respective areas with most possessing a Masters in Performance Degree. The lesson fees are very reasonable and the lessons are located either at the Sloat or Sunset campuses.

WPL Music Academy

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Grades 4-8

The Art of Bookmaking

This is a project-based and child-centered course. We will create books, combining arts with subject area contents. Bookmaking instills creativity, logical thinking, and sparks lasting learning. Children will be exposed to a variety of genres and use different artistic medias to illustrate their books.

Children of Bisheh

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Grades 2-3

Engineering for Kids

Through our exciting and educational Science, Engineering and Robotics activities, children are empowered with hands-on tools to spark their creativity and imagination. Therefore, children discover a new world of possibilities ahead of them.

Engineering for Kids

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Grades 4-8

Junior Chef Stars

We provide your aspiring chef with the tools necessary to create, cook, and learn. Celebrate the bounty of fall as our curriculum covers nutrition, seasonal cooking, knife skills, the purpose of core ingredients and the many cultural aspects of food all while learning critical life skills, making new friends, and having a blast!

Junior Chef Stars

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Grades K-8

Create Like a Master Artist

In this course we emphasize creative problem-solving and experimentation and instruction in drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed-media collage. Lessons connect children to world history and art history, such as African Art, Middle Eastern Art, Greek Art, Egyptian Art, American Primitive Scene, Indian Art, Chinese Dragons, Op Art, and contemporary European art movements. Students study and learn the styles of the world art masters like Matisse, Modigliani, Monet, Miro, Picasso, Nevelson, and then create original artworks in their own styles.

Children of Bisheh

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Grades K-3

Build a City - Urban Design

Design is a Catalyst for Learning! When children are engaged in the process of designing, they are learning to identify needs, frame problems, work collaboratively, explore and appreciate the contexts within which a solution must work, weigh alternatives, and communicate their ideas verbally, graphically, and in three dimensions. This coarse is introducing the discipline of architecture to kids, to nurture their talents, interests, & encourage interdisciplinary pollination of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) topics.

In this course, children will design and build a three dimensional buildings limited only by their imagination. They’ll learn how architects combine functional needs for a building with designs that excite our imaginations. They will use wide range of materials (including clay, wood blocks, cardboards, polystyrene, foam boards) to turn their imagination into reality.

Children of Bisheh

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Grades K-3

Higgins Tennis

We bring the court to you! Learn to play tennis on a smaller 36ft court with a slightly larger, slow-bouncing ball developed by the United States Tennis Association that makes it easy to rally and play right away. During class children learn stroke fundamentals including: forehands, backhands, and the basics of rallying. They incorporate what they have learned into games like "Feed the Monkeys", "Skyball", and "Castle"

Higgins Tennis

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Grades K-8

Chess Club

The Mechanics' Institute Chess Club is proud to be the oldest chess club in the United States, having been established in 1854. We are proud of its rich history and legacy.

Our enrichment program focuses on two important areas with our fun chess classes:

  • Developing chess skills: Teaching chess to beginners and providing advanced instruction to experienced players, thus improving critical thinking and problem solving in a fun and supportive atmosphere. 

  • Developing social and emotional skills: promoting good sportsmanship and learning from mistakes, skills that benefit kids beyond the chessboard.

Mechanics Institute Chess Club

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Grades 4-8

Photography and Collage Art

In this course we will provide students the tools and inspiration for self-expression and feeling connected to the world they live in through indoor and outdoor photography, and putting together a collage art. Children will learn Adobe Photoshop basics. Students need to have Adobe Photoshop installed on their computers.

Children of Bisheh

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Grades K-8

Creative Architecture

In this program we introduce disciplines of architecture and design to kids, to nurture their talents and interests, and encourage interdisciplinary pollination of
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) topics. Every week, children will build 3-D monuments of their designs with wide range of materials.

Children of Bisheh

Grades K-3

Samury Skills - After School Basketball Program

Sign your kids up for Basketball 101 with WPL Alumni Ryan Sera of SamuRY Skills. Sunset Campus students will have the opportunity to learn all the basics including passing, dribbling, shooting, defense, agility, teamwork, sportsmanship, and basketball IQ.

Ryan Sera