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Students at West Portal Lutheran School enjoy numerous educational opportunities outside of the classroom. These include field trips, leadership retreats, and competitions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.


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.


Our 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.


Since 2018, the 8th grade classes have started school by attending a Leadership Retreat. This event has been held at The Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Cupertino, California. It has been a two-day retreat dedicated to learning about being a leader. The students have had Bible study, played games which focus on leadership skills, gotten to know one another better, and hopefully had fun as they learned what good leadership is.


Student Council provides our students with the opportunity to plan, create, and execute fun activities and fundraisers for West Portal Lutheran School. For example, Student Council plans our annual "Trunk or Treat" event, National Lutheran Schools Week, many fundraisers, and finds various ways to serve our community. Student Council teaches about leadership, collaboration, and serving others. It is a great opportunity for our students here at WPLS.

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