School Details

Milk (Harvey) Civil Rights Elementary School

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Francisco Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Francisco Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Francisco Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Francisco Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Milk (Harvey) Civil Rights Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Francisco. The principal of Milk (Harvey) Civil Rights Elementary School is Tracy People, whose e-mail is peoplet@sfusd.edu. 250 students go to Milk (Harvey) Civil Rights Elementary School and are mostly Unspecified, Multiracial, and Asian. 12% of the Milk (Harvey) Civil Rights Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 55% of the 250 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Milk (Harvey) Civil Rights Elementary School is 17:1. Eureka Learning Center is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 9% 5%
Multiracial 8% %
Asian 6% 41%
White, non-Hispanic 31% 11%
Black, non-Hispanic 22% 12%
Hispanic 21% 23%
Filipino 2% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Pacific Islander 0.4% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55% 56%
Limited English proficiency 12% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    This is a small school with a great mission (social justice) teachers community and true diversity. I have been so pleased with my child s education here. Her teachers have been exceptional. Recently the school has added a Spanish language program to morning care staff and parents have improved facilities a group of parents are working with staff to increase grant writing a parent and student-run farmer s market has started selling food from the school's garden and the PTO group is taking action to increase their ability to fundraise.

  • (3 months ago)

    The Castro neighborhood is vibrant diverse and charming... and this school fits right in with those same qualities. The mix of students in each class is broad and inclusive representing much of what we value in San Francisco. The teachers are engaged committed talented and create an atmosphere to thrive. Daily morning circle the school comes together as a community to start each day. There are some really fun extra-curricular activities a morning Spanish program Movie/Pizza Nights an awesome Halloween Dance and parents coordinate group sports/teams and play at the field or rec center across the street. This school has a small town feel but with all the benefits and access of a big city.

  • (4 months ago)

    This is in response to the March 1st post below. A neighborhood elementary school is not the place for a social science experiment. This school fails its community by focusing on reforming historical prejudice over the three Rs. Take it from a battle-scarred parent at HMCRA Castro-area parents should look elsewhere for there are many better public school options.

  • (4 months ago)

    Harvey milk is an amazing school! We live in a country where racism us abound- 80% of whites in this country have a moderate to severe racial bias. we know this because Harvard was able to come up with a scientific test to measure it. Guess what - we are failing! My children are learning at Harvey milk how to transcend racism. Not only how to identify it when it exists in others- more importantly when it exists in themselves. A wonderful safe and thriving community at Harvey milk- the kids are flourishing because it's diverse and honest space where all kids soar. Where oppressed kids bring up priveledged kids-where disparity between learning is eliminated. my children would never assume that "middle" class kids are responsible for improved test scores or that they have more to bring to a school then others. They would recognize that as bias! They are more sophisticated then their parents which is how it should be if we are ever going to progress. It is very exciting and very successful.

  • (4 months ago)

    I'm a proud parent of a Kindergarten student at Milk and couldn't be happier. My daughter's teacher Ms. Martinez is amazing (and she's not the only one). She's a rockstar who recently won the Teacher of the Month award from 826Valencia. She is a good example of what the school stands for and what they try to teach the kids besides the school curriculum. I love the fact that my daughter is aware of social issues doesn't tolerate wrong doing against others and becomes a very independent thinker with her own opinions. HMCRA is all about community and you can feel it; Morning Circle classroom projects and other school activities are in tune with the larger community and especially as a Castro resident it's something that makes me very happy. There are some issues at the school that (we as the school community) are currently addressing. As a first step an official PTO is on its way to be formed and we are hoping to have it in place by the new school year. Please visit the school and see for yourself why someone called it the hidden gem in the Castro!

  • (4 months ago)

    This school is a hidden gem in the Castro. It's a little school feel with a big heart. The teachers and staff are fantastic- they are enthusiastic committed and caring. The morning circle is a great way to start the day and come together as a community. Coach Glen is an amazing asset to this school and sets the tone for school energy and behavior. The families are diverse and they are working hard towards finalizing a PTO for the end of this year. Having Rooftop and McKinley so close to this school diverts families away from Harvey Milk - but if you take a real look this school is offers a great education in a small community setting. We could not be happier to be there and look forward to seeing the school continue to grow.

  • (7 months ago)

    I want to say if you are considering this school you are in luck. Sure there are some rough patches the school is going through but did you know there are two teachers at the school who have won Teacher of The Year award? The kindergarten teacher Marisa Martinez and fifth grade teacher Kelly Clark. Teachers of this school are dedicated and some of the most hard working people in the SFUSD. I see the review below saying a bunch of teachers take off long multiple days of school off not true. There are wonderful dedicated teachers who work at Harvey Milk. My children have two of the most amazing teachers. The teachers of the 4/5 split left the job and the third grade teacher left to be with her children. The new teachers have now been replaced. There are some problems at Harvey Milk but none of them lie with the teachers. Let us make that clear. If you are considering this central located school please join us on making this school the best it can be. We can help build Harvey Milk and honor his name and make it a Civil Rights Academy. Great things do not come easy.

  • (7 months ago)

    Are you considering this school? Be wary. Ask about the history of 3 different principals in 6 years the number of teachers who have taken long term absences or the classroom that has a different teacher every year or the lack of support to create a PTA. Long term subs are present in at least one classroom each year. When a teacher takes a day off and a sub can't be found students are moved to different classrooms (where they aren't taught). The 4/5 split classroom has the lowest test scores in the school because that classroom hasn't had a regular teacher. The interim principal doesn't respond to parent phone calls or emails.

  • (8 months ago)

    Recent events at the school this Fall have shaken parents' confidence in the Principal Tracy Peoples and teachers who promote her as an acceptable leader. There are problems in the upper grades with retaining teachers in that children have had substitutes for weeks the teachers need more monetary resources and staff and yet the Principal and certain staff voted down a group of parents' attempt to form a PTA to improve things. The Principal rarely communicates with parents and she and others there have a view that parental cooperation is negative. The principal is on leave and no one has bothered to inform the parents when she is coming back. Many neighborhood parents won't consider going to Milk and those who are assigned there generally leave. It's a shame because the school is in a wonderful neighborhood and many teachers are excellent. The SFUSD is now aware of the problems at Milk and district leaders have met with parents and are trying to come up with a turnaround plan. But until the school has an effective leader who recognizes the depths of these problems and understands that fundamental change is required this unfortunate environment will continue.

  • (10 months ago)

    The administration of this school is close-minded fearful/insecure about change secretive of information and decision making and divisive at it's core pitting faculty against parents. The faculty view of parental/community involvement is to adopt faculty objectives which has no mechanism for the reflection of the parental objectives and also allows for no accountability. The before and after care programs are run by very well intended folks and again great hearts but the fact is that they fail to provide enrichment opportunities to the students. There is free play and some time focused on homework but nothing like clubs and activities that exist at other nearby schools (soccer baseball tennis science music Spanish chess). This is the sacrifice the administration is willing to make on behalf of the students in order that they not take the albeit sometimes difficult task of working with the parents in an open and accountable way so they raise the funds to provide these opportunities. My son has a couple years left so I remain hopeful it changes. "Hope will never be silent" by Harvey Milk.

  • (1 year ago)

    Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy in San Francisco is an outstanding small elementary school. Because it is a small school each child is known by name by all staff members. The school has a diversified enrollment reflecting the diversity of San Francisco. A public school is only as good as its teachers and at HMCRA the teachers are top notch! The emphasis on civil rights and the civil rights movement is a definite plus. In addition to getting a good grounding in the "three Rs " students are taught ethics such as being kind and respectful of others and that they should be truthful and hard working. The before school and after school care is invaluable to working parents. Two of my grandchildren attend HMCRA and love going to school.

  • (1 year ago)

    The Principal is great the teachers are wonderful and my daughter really loves the school. A few of the parents have been a little high strung over the years but even they have to agree that the school is great for our kids. The scores keep exceeding all the growth expectations and my own daughter is excelling with the support that she gets from the educators and administration.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child is very happy first grader. The school has a lot of activities movie night roller skate night dancing etc etc. The teachers are amazing and the principal gives me a hug hello. What more could I want from a school. Nothing this school is great!

  • (1 year ago)

    My school has amazing teachers faculty and families that are committed to creating the best learning environment for our children. We have a great Parent-Faculty community that work together building school spirit and honor our diverse families.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is a very happy 1st grader at Harvey Milk and as a mom who toured more than a dozen schools looking for kindergarten I feel like we did really well in the San Francisco lottery. The school isn't perfect--you can read the comments below and get that. But it's a warm inclusive community and the teachers are great. I like the principal well enough--she treats me like a friend and though I can't speak to her leadership qualities she tries and I don't understand the awful comments about her. Anyway I'm not a political person I just want my child to be happy and get a good education. I feel good when I take her to school and I enjoy the other parents and participating in the school events. It's a friendly funky place where the kids don't have to look a certain way and they dress in creative ways--and diversity is encouraged.

  • (1 year ago)

    Teachers and staff really are great but in all honesty the principal does not equally care about all students/parents. She does not unify the school nor show leadership. The after school program is a good space for kids. Only positive experiences with our teachers but horrible experiences trying to communicate with the principal. If rating the school independent of leadership I'd give it four stars. Facilities compared to many other schools are small. No separate play area for Kinders/first graders.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love the principal. She is amazing truthful and is interactive with every student. She comes on hours that are not on her work day! I know there are some parents who expect to be treated like royalty but our principal cares about creating a cohesive environment that includes both view points. The negative reviews you see are by parents who don't go to this school anymore. We have an amazing staff and principal! WE LOve our students! The after school program and before school program was based on a grant that a lot of schools lost based on free and reduced lunch status. Let us have a great year roll up our sleeves and have a fabulous 2013/2014 school year!

  • (1 year ago)

    I work at HM & it's a great school. Some of these posts are very disheartening. I love my school& the direction in which it's headed. This school is centered around student achievement so if the principal has empowered students and staff to become leaders of morning circle what is the charge? I'm a dear friend of the secretary.Please be clear that she has never spoken an ill word of the admin at this school. Her leaving was an independent decision based on what was best for her.To infer that her choice is a "red flag "is extremely misleading and speaks to how a small minority of folks at this school inflate and misconstrue information just to support their experience. FYI that's considered lying. Truth we have moved to a fee based program. But not many schools in SF offer a free morning/afterschool program. Sfusd reapplied for the grant but our school was not selected to receive it. Truth The information became available in June at an ice cream social and since that time the administration has worked hard to offer an affordable program and has since apologized. The untruthful gossip must stop. If you are unhappy please do what is best for you but don't throw dirt in the process.

  • (1 year ago)

    I selected this school because I was referred by a staff member. After reviewing other schools demographics I realized that Harvey Milk closely met my needs as a diversified school. I have an incoming 1st grader who I teach how to celebrate and respect not only her differences but that of others. The year before last I was indirectly in the know about what was going on at this school. I attended a community meeting as a guest and some of the parents there were very abrasive and had a downright abusive tone toward the principal staff and one another.I can only assume that the negative posts are from those same parents. I am coming to HMCRA to roll up my sleeves and help get the work done for the betterment of ALL children including mine. If my child is happy then so am I. The focus has shifted due to a sense of entitlement. I heard that entitlement in a post written earlier about the contribution of increasing test scores due to middle class families. AND??? Equity is about making sure everyone has access to the same thing. A cohesive community should model that. This have and have not mentality is systemic yet I still long to be a part of this school because I seek change.

  • (1 year ago)

    I selected this school because I was referred by a staff member. After reviewing other schools demographics I realized that Harvey Milk closely met my needs as a diversified school. I have an incoming 1st grader who I teach how to celebrate and respect not only her differences but that of others. The year before last I was indirectly in the know about what was going on at this school. I attended a community meeting as a guest and some of the parents there were very abrasive and had a downright abusive tone toward the principal staff and one another.I can only assume that the negative posts are from those same parents. I am coming to HMCRA to roll up my sleeves and help get the work done for the betterment of ALL children including mine. If my child is happy then so am I. The focus has shifted due to a sense of entitlement. I heard that entitlement in a post written earlier about the contribution of increasing test scores due to middle class families. AND??? Equity is about making sure everyone has access to the same thing. A cohesive community should model that. This have and have not mentality is systemic yet I still long to be a part of this school because I seek change.

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