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2016-17 Honor Roll of Donors

Dear Friends,

As we begin our 17th year of breaking the cycle of poverty through education, I am delighted to express my heartfelt appreciation for your support of our educational mission in the 2016-17 school year. Your continued generosity ensures that our current students and their families, as well as all 278 of our graduates, have access to De Marillac Academy’s life-changing educational experience.

Every day, our faculty and staff create a nurturing, yet rigorous educational environment for our students and graduates. We strive to graduate students who are academically prepared, able to reach their full potential, and are service-oriented leaders. It is through the generosity of those who partner with us in this mission that De Marillac Academy can achieve such outcomes.

On behalf of the entire De Marillac Academy family–our students, families, graduates, faculty, staff and our Board of Trustees–it is my pleasure to share with you our 2016-17 Honor Roll of Donors. Thank you for your continued support of De Marillac!

Thank you for your partnership in the De Marillac Academy mission.

With Gratitude,

Theresa Flynn Houghton

Posted on: September 15th, 2017



An Evening with De Marillac Academy


One of the best things about being part of the Tenderloin is the wonderful group of neighborhood partners that De Marillac is fortunate to work with; one such partner is The Hall SF. Located at 1028 Market Street, between 6th and 7th, The Hall believes in, “Harnessing the Power of Food to Build Community.” We are gratefully partnering with them on August 4th from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. for a happy hour event, An Evening with De Marillac Academy. The Hall will be donating 15% of their bar profits from the event directly back to our students. Please stop by and join us for a drink and some conversation.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact our Director of Special Events, John Ellsworth. We look forward to seeing you on August 4th!

Posted on: August 1st, 2016



A Special Message from President, Mike Daniels

October 21, 2015

Dear De Marillac Academy Community:

A hallmark of our De Marillac Academy family is the respect we share for our mission of transforming lives. Over the past decade, my life has been forever transformed by the collective spirit of hope that strongly resonates throughout all members of our community. Thank you for sharing this gift so passionately and consistently with me over the years.

I am writing to inform you that I was recently appointed by Brother Donald Johanson, FSC, Visitor of the Lasallian District of San Francisco New Orleans, as the incoming Director of the Office of Education, Mont La Salle, effective July 2016. I am thrilled to continue to serve the De La Salle Christian Brothers and the Lasallian District of San Francisco New Orleans in support of their schools, including De Marillac Academy. The Board of Trustees of De Marillac Academy will commence a search for the next President of De Marillac Academy immediately.

I am grateful to the Daughters of Charity and the De La Salle Christian Brothers for the opportunity to serve and lead De Marillac Academy over the past 10 years. I also offer my heartfelt appreciation to all in our community:

  • • to the students, graduates and families of De Marillac, from whom I have learned much about perseverance, resilience and courage;
  • • to the faculty, staff and volunteers, who have inspired me by their hard work on behalf of our students and graduates;
  • • to the supporters of De Marillac, who have generously partnered with us in our efforts to meet the needs of Tenderloin youth.

I am confident in the strength of the mission of De Marillac Academy, the leadership of the Trustees and, most importantly, the experience, commitment and wisdom of the faculty, staff and administration. De Marillac’s Vice President, Mike Anderer, and Principal, Chris Giangregorio, have nearly 35 years of combined experience serving in different Miguel Schools across the country, the model upon which De Marillac is based. Our program leaders Michelle Batista, Tom Coughlan, Lauren Stevens Deshotels, Tina Diamond Sardinia, and Adam Vincent provide expertise in areas such as co-curriculars, graduate and family support, finance and development. Furthermore, the passion of De Marillac’s educators is matched only by their dedication to our holistic program.

At this time, the welfare of the De Marillac students and families remains my utmost concern. As such, I am committed to implementing a smooth, effective transition of leadership. I am also grateful for the chance to remain an extended member of the De Marillac Academy community through my new role in leadership with the Lasallian District of San Francisco New Orleans.

Thank you for your dedicated and loyal service as De Marillac Academy’s community of faculty, staff, volunteers, parents, graduates and benefactors. Your committed partnership is critical to sustaining the dynamic services provided for the students, graduates, and families entrusted to our care. I look forward to continuing to support De Marillac’s mission alongside you in the years ahead.

Michael Daniels, Ed.D.
President & CEO

For a PDF of President Daniels announcement, click here.

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015



DMA Graduate, Precious Listana, awarded Gates Millennium Scholarship


We are so proud of Precious Listana, DMA class of 2011, on being awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship. The Gates Millennium Scholarship Class of 2015 applicant pool consisted of 57,000 hopeful high school seniors from across the United States. Precious is one of only 1,000 scholars awarded the prestigious honor, which distinguishes her as a Leader for America’s Future™. As a Gates Millenium Scholar, Precious will receive a grant to fund her college education at any accredited college or university in the United States. At the conclusion of her undergraduate studies, she will be eligible to continue to receive scholarship funds based on her chosen area of study.

“Growing up in the Tenderloin, you see the drugs, the prostitution, all of those vices every day. Life isn’t fair, but you have to choose to take advantage of the opportunities in front of you. This is the one message I want to share with other underprivileged youth: there are people out there who believe in you … you just have to believe in yourself.”

– Precious Listana


To read the full article about Precious’ amazing achievement, click here.

Posted on: May 1st, 2015



De Marillac Academy in the National News



Click here to read the article and watch the video by The Associated Press about how De Marillac Academy students’ poems improve the Tenderloin neighborhood!

Posted on: April 10th, 2015



DMA Graduate Receives Good Tidings Foundation Community Service Scholarship


Eduardo Peraza, DMA Class of 2011, was awarded the Good Tiding Foundation Community Service Scholarship on December 7. These extraordinary Bay Area high school seniors have recognized the benefits of serving their community and will receive $5,000 toward their college education. Eduardo, pictured with De Marillac Academy president, Mike Daniels,  is currently in his final year at Archbishop Riordan High School.

Posted on: December 9th, 2014



DMA graduate, Precious Listana, appointed to San Francisco Youth Commission


De Marillac Academy graduate, Class of 2011, and SHC senior Precious Listana ’15 was sworn into service as the San Francisco District 6 Youth Commissioner by Major Ed Lee at a City Hall ceremony this week. Precious joins 16 other Youth Commissioners, each appointed to a member of the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor.

The San Francisco community voted Proposition F into legislation in November 1995, creating the Youth Commission. The Youth Commission is responsible for advising the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor on legislative policies, programs, priorities and budgets concerning San Francisco youth. They are further tasked with identifying unmet needs of the City’s youth through research of existing programs and funding, engaging with advocacy groups and organizing public forums.

We are excited for Precious and look forward to the leadership and vision that she will bring to District 6 and the SF Youth Commission!



Posted on: September 18th, 2014



Brothers of the Christian Schools announce new district


The Brothers of the Christian Schools have announced the inauguration of the District of San Francisco New Orleans in the Lasallian Region of North America.  The new District officially commenced its operations at midnight on July 1, 2014.

The District of San Francisco New Orleans (SFNO) was created by the combining of the former Districts of San Francisco and New Orleans-Santa Fe, with both transferring their operations to the new District.  Its composition will include 134 De La Salle Brothers, over 1,300 Lasallian Partners, and over 12,000 students in 20 ministries located in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington, and in Tijuana, Mexico.

In a message issued on the occasion of the inauguration, District Provincial Brother Donald Johanson, FSC, said, “The Institute of the Lasallian Brothers of the Christian Schools has seen many changes since its founding in 1680.  The July 1, 2014  joining of two large districts in the United States is one more event in our long history that tries to meet the educational needs of young people, especially the poor; needs that are brought to us as we respond to the ‘signs of the times.’  I am confident, as St. John Baptist de La Salle was those many years ago, that this work is God’s work and that it is especially important today.  It will continue because we do this work with so many committed partners in our mission of education.”

A new District of San Francisco New Orleans website is now being built and will be launched in early September, 2014.  Until then, this website and that of the former District of San Francisco,, will continue to function and provide news and information for the new District.

Posted on: September 9th, 2014



De Marillac featured on NBC’s Bay Area Proud


“A dozen years ago, the founders of San Francisco’s De Marillac Academy made a promise to the children of the Tenderloin District: to give them a shot at an education, and a life, that was for most of them out of reach.”

We are proud to say, De Marillac Academy has kept that promise


Posted on: January 15th, 2014



De Marillac Academy is proud to announce the publication of Rise Above, the first annual De Marillac Academy 8th Grade Anthology

To read our press release and excerpts from the book, CLICK HERE!

To order a copy of Rise Above, CLICK HERE!

De Marillac Academy proudly announces the publication of Rise Above, the first annual De Marillac 8th Grade Anthology. In this text, these young men and women on the threshold of entering high school discover their own voices, make themselves visible to the world that frequently overlooks them, and stun the reader with their vision, compassion and strength.

Rich Hill, their teacher, writes in the forward, “When young people are allowed a voice and a safe forum in which to exercise it, all of us around them quickly realize that there is a better road forward, and we should be forging it with all our strength, both collectively and individually. These particular students carry torches of truth because they have honesty, innocence, and optimism solidly transfixed to their creative spirits. They are ready to sing, dance, write, invent, question, and be heard. Listen, and we are sure to be rewarded.”

Mike Daniels, president of De Marillac Academy, writes to the eighth grade authors, “Thank you for practicing, in these poems, the perseverance needed to advocate for your own future, the leadership needed to model for all of us a better way to be human, and the integrity and courage needed to let your voices be heard.”

De Marillac Academy educates underserved children, youth, and families of the Tenderloin and surrounding communities. De Marillac provides an excellent 4th-8th grade, tuition-free school program, and a dynamic youth and family support program that continues through high school and beyond. Ninety- percent of De Marillac’s graduates have completed high school compared to 75.5% National Graduation Rate from public high school and 71% rate in the state of California. As private, faith-based school serving low income families, more than 95% of expenses are sponsored by generous donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations.

Posted on: January 15th, 2014