Overview | Mission Dolores Academy

WHO WE ARE. Mission Dolores Academy is an independent Catholic K-8 school with a history that dates to 1852, making us the oldest private school in San Francisco. We provide a world-class primary education to children from throughout the Bay Area with an emphasis on educating underserved youth.  85% of our students receive some form of financial aid, 60% qualify for federal free/reduced lunch, and over half will be the first in their family to graduate from college. 

The diversity of our student body is unique among San Francisco private schools:

  • 40% Latino
  • 25% African-American
  • 20% Filipino
  • 13% Multi-ethnic
  •   2% Other

WHAT WE DO. Mission Dolores Academy provides a values-based education that focuses on building strong moral character while developing the emotional resiliency to overcome common challenges faced by inner-city youth. Our staff and families work closely together to maintain a strong sense of community, giving students a home away from home where learning becomes a lifelong passion.

The Academy is nationally and internationally recognized for its pioneering, technology-rich curriculum that integrates online learning with small-group instruction to create individual learning paths.  Additionally, we offer a variety of enrichment activities that nurture the whole child including Art, Music, PE, team sports, violin, chess, nutrition education, and community service. To address the unique needs of our families, we also provide additional educational and support services to students and parents directly as well as through strategic partners. 

RESULTS. Based on standardized test scores, Mission Dolores Academy students year after year show significantly greater academic gains than students nationally.  Our graduates go on to many of San Francisco's most prestigious college preparatory high schools. 83% are currently attending charter or private high schools, and 100% are expected to attend college.