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De Marillac Academy is an educational family that provides an innovative, comprehensive and accessible Catholic education in the Vincentian and Lasallian traditions for children from underserved families in the Tenderloin and other at-risk communities in San Francisco.
Founded in 2001 by the Daughters of Charity and De La Salle Christian Brothers, De Marillac Academy provides students in San Francisco's impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood with an education to escape the grip of poverty, achieve success, and become service-oriented leaders. De Marillac is open to students of all faiths and cultural backgrounds. Unlike any other private school in San Francisco, De Marillac offers a tuition-free, high-quality, Catholic education to children from low-income and underserved households.
A De Marillac education emphasizes reading, written and oral communication, math, science, social studies, and religion. Students typically enter De Marillac below grade level, but the school bridges educational deficits with an intensive educational curriculum designed to prepare graduates to compete successfully in demanding high school environments. Additionally, De Marillac partners with Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory and Catholic Youth Organization to provide a mandatory summer school and summer camp program. The California Pacific Medical Center and the University of San Francisco also support De Marillac's counseling and health and wellness programs.
De Marillac is one of 60 schools across the country known as "San Miguel" or "Nativity" schools. Some of the hallmarks of the school are its small classes; a curriculum focused on the development of fundamental skills, especially in language arts and math; extended days; and outreach to families. Students are selected for enrollment based on a variety of factors including financial need, neighborhood of residence, previous academic performance, and demonstration of personal motivation
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