About Dolores Huerta
Dolores Huerta Elementary School is a caring place that nurtures the development and growth of the whole child. Our mission is to provide the support and guidance needed for each child to succeed academically and socially. We offer instruction in a culturally rich environment, deliver a challenging curriculum and enjoy strong community engagement. Most of all, we are a community-centered school, place for arts, language and academic excellence.
We believe that by working together, all members of our community will feel respected and valued for their contributions. With the support of an active Parent Teacher Association (PTA), School Site Council (SSC), English Learners Advisory Council (ELAC) and other community-based support groups, we involve families in many exciting school-wide projects. Our principal makes himself available to the community through individual appointments and informal chats. We welcome volunteers in all school activities and venues, including library, classrooms, yard duty and cafeteria monitoring.
A Little History
On August 28, 2018, Fairmount was re-named Dolores Huerta Elementary School in honor of Dolores Huerta, a cofounder of the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez. To this day, Dolores Huerta continues to be a tireless advocate for immigrants, workers, children, gender equality, and the environment. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work by President Barack Obama in 2012. She is also the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, and is an inductee in the National Women’s Hall of Fame, in addition to many other honors.
In 1905, Fairmount was the first school built in San Francisco as an old-fashioned one-room schoolhouse. The school continued to grow and thrive through the years as one of the best-attended multicultural schools for the neighborhoods of the Mission, Bernal Heights, Bayview, Glen Park and Noe Valley.
Undergoing a major rebuild in 1977, from its brick structure to an award-winning architectural design, Fairmount continued to improve its educational structure as well. Faithful to its vision as a multicultural center for students, Fairmount introduced a Spanish immersion program for all grades in 1997, in addition to the English program.
The goal of Dolores Huerta’s Spanish immersion program is for all students to be literate in both Spanish and English by the end of 5th grade.
Present day Dolores Huerta Elementary School also boasts an award-winning program for students in need of extra care for learning and with developmental disabilities. Our teachers and therapists have extensive training in helping special-needs students.
In a district that has more than five major nationalities represented in the student body, Dolores Huerta shines in its support and celebration of students, families and the strength of our multicultural heritage, united in its quest for educational excellence. The school’s namesake serves as an inspiration to the school’s diverse group of students.