School Overview

Our Mission

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.

Our History

The original campus housed Douglass Elementary School until the early 1950's.
The original campus housed Douglass Elementary School until the early 1950’s.

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.

Harvey Milk (Wikipedia)

Milk Foundation



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