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Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academic Elementary School

School code number: 505
Grade level: K-5
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

4235 19th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94114
Neighborhood: Castro/Upper Market
Phone: 415-241-6276
Fax: 415-241-6545
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Principal: Ronnie Machado

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Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy is a small school in the Castro, named after its most famous persona—Harvey Milk! Our mission is to empower student learning by: teaching tolerance and non-violence; celebrating our diversity; achieving academic excellence; building strong home-school community connections; and understanding lessons from the Civil Rights Movement centered on social justice and peace. We are a Model Inclusive School, meaning our students with identified special needs are included and supported within the general education classroom. We support our experienced, high-quality teachers with resources and weekly time to collaborate.

We use California standards-based instruction and are committed to developing literacy skills in an enriched environment. Our creative and rigorous science and math programs are taught in an inquiry-based curriculum, which develops problem-solving skills. Our social studies program emphasizes history, global awareness, and student activism. Educating for social justice means providing all of our children with the experiences, tools and skills they need to create a peaceful school and just future. We believe in exposing students to different ways of learning with a wide range of opportunities for success. Relevant, engaging activities inspire all students to want to learn, generate opportunities to thrive, and develop hope for the future. We provide inclusive opportunities to learn from and within our diverse community. Our students learn to solve problems and conflicts peacefully and collaboratively. We are an innovative school that uses our school library, visual and performing arts, field trips, outdoor education, computers, and music to enhance our strong academic program. We are a school that is driven by a curriculum and process that goes beyond the textbook and academic standards by challenging students to question and reason. We strive to cultivate a caring community of creative, critical thinkers.

This school feeds into:

Everett Middle School

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Before-school programs

8:00-9:30 AM, cost-based program

Afterschool programs

  • Embarcadero YMCA, Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 6:30 PM. Cost-based program.
  • ExCEL program, Monday through Friday, end of school until %:00 or 6:00 PM. Free of cost.

Special Education Programs

  • Designated instructional services
  • Resource specialist program

Language Programs

English Plus Pathway

Student Support Programs

Additional adult support, learning support consultant, strong Student Success Team (SST) program, nurse

School Day Academic Enrichment

STAR School, standards-based curriculum, science programs, arts enrichment, civil rights curriculum