To empower student learning by teaching awareness, acceptance and non-violence, celebrating our diversity, achieving academic excellence, and fostering strong family-school-community connections. At Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy (HMCRA), you will be encouraged to become an active participant in your child’s educational journey.
HMCRA is a small public school in the Castro that is named after the neighborhood’s most famous persona, Harvey Milk. We are committed to developing literacy skills in an enriched environment, science and math skills with an emphasis on hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum and a social studies program that highlights global awareness and student activism. Our school library, visual and performing arts, field trips, outdoor education, computers, and music enhance our strong academic program. Our before- and after-school programs have the capacity to serve all our students, and financial aid is available to cover program fees.
We have an open door policy to parents, and we believe all staff and parents should be involved in the decision-making process within the school. We focus on helping children develop self-control and have a personal commitment to values with programs such as First PASS and Conflict Managers. We are proud of our ongoing relationships with SF School Volunteers and its Adopt-A-School program. We have several very active community partners.
Our overall objective is to guide the development of a well-rounded human being who has the ability, skills and attitude to become a contributing asset to self, family, community, and society.
On June 25, 1996, San Francisco Unified School District’s Board of Education voted to rename Douglass School to Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy. Superintendent Waldemar Rojas and Principal Sandra Leigh dedicated the school to Harvey Milk.
The Harvey Milk Story
Read more about Harvey Milk:
The Harvey Milk Story, by Kari Krakow, a picture-book biography of Harvey Milk.
Veronica Tsuji, Kinder-Rm. 107
Vashti Ferguson, Kinder-Rm. 111
Leanne Francis, 1st-Rm. 113
Sherlisa Webb, 1st-Rm. 112
Elise Reynolds McCarty, 2nd-Rm. 207
Katy Butler, 2nd-Rm. 209
Grace Crummett, 3rd-Rm. 212
Jude Orlando, 3rd-Rm. 213
Kim Burton-Laurance, 4th/5th-Rm. 201
Anaia Gilliam, 4th/5th-Rm. 202
Kay Kirman, 4th/5th-Rm. 205
Administrative & Support Staff
- Emmanuel Stewart, Principal-Rm. 102
- Antonae Robertson, Secretary-Rm. 106
- Glenn Castro, Student Advisor-Rm 106
- Sarah Kern, Librarian/Tech Specialist-Library
- Maricela Rodriguez, YMCA Site Coordinator
- Oscar Romo, YMCA Family Engagement Coordinator
- Michelle Wong, School Psychologist-Rm. 11
- Summer Santarosa, Social Worker-Rm. 105
- Tanya Waissman, Reading Intervention Teacher
- Lisa Choromanski, Occupational Therapist
- Jennifer Comeans, Resource Specialist (Special Education)-Rm. 211
- Derek Dulin, PE Teacher-Yard
- Karina Vela, Dance Teacher
- Michael Ryther, Drama Teacher
- Peter Govorchin, Instrumental Teacher
- Hunry Liang, Custodian
- Suzette Miranda, Custodian
- Wena Tan, Cafeteria
- Teshia Jenkins, Paraprofessional / Parent Liaison-Rm. 106
- Sandra Navarro, Paraprofessional
- Heather Brown, Paraprofessional
- Laura Dowson, 4th/5th Grade support teacher
- Antoine Perry, Parent Liaison-Rm. 114
- Chie Kono Ortiz, Noon Monitor & Support Staff
- Dominic Moore, Noon Monitor