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External Investigation

In September 2019,  Presentation High School launched a thorough and impartial investigation into past reports of sexual abuse and misconduct and the handling of such allegations throughout the history of the school. Read the Sept 26, 2019 community announcement here. This process stemmed from upsetting stories about past reports of sexual abuse and misconduct.

On July 9, 2020 we shared the investigation report with the community. We know that the findings are difficult to read and to digest, however, this investigation was necessary to examine our past to build and maintain a safe and thriving environment for all students past, present, and future, and to ensure we do not repeat any mistakes.

To the survivors of abuse, we deeply and sincerely apologize.  The stark truth is that our school did not live up to its commitment to protect you. We added further harm when we responded defensively when reports of past abuse began to surface in 2017.  We understand that words cannot measure our regret or erase the harm that you endured.  You were hurt, and we can only hope to make amends by caring for you now and doing everything within our power to ensure that students now and in the future will be cared for and safe. 

We thank everyone who participated in the investigation and are grateful for your bravery and honesty. Without you, we would not be able to confront our past to ensure this does not happen again.  We also recognize this investigation may not have revealed all instances of prior misconduct.  Anyone with information about inappropriate conduct may contact Holly directly at helkins@presentationhs.org, call the hotline at (800) 490-7513, or reach out to Mary Ann Demos, Senior Case Manager at mad@vmlawcorp.com.

July 9th Community Letter

Sisters of the Presentation Letter

Read the Full Report

Lea el informe completo en español

counseling support for survivors 

Alumnae Spotlight

Alumnae Spotlight: Maria Alderete, '88, helped to raise funds to feed the unsheltered communities in Oakland.

The day after the SIP order was announced in March, Berkeley Free Clinic staff walked through the doors of Luka's Taproom & Lounge in Oakland, owned by Presentation alumnae Maria Alderete, and asked for food donations. Berkeley Free Clinic had shut down their clinic and launched an outreach program to our unsheltered communities in Oakland. They said the best way to support their health was by feeding them.

Read more about Alumnae Spotlight: Maria Alderete, '88, helped to raise funds to feed the unsheltered communities in Oakland.
Alumnae Spotlight: Kelly Larson is a support staff member in the Writers Room of CW's new hit show Batwoman.

My name is Kelly Larson, and I'm a 2009 Presentation alumnae. It's incredible to have this chance to write this at all. I remember reading stories of past alumnae from the magazines and on the website while I was at Pres. I want to point this out for any Pres girl who is reading this right now. You CAN do whatever you want in life. You just need to have patience and perseverance.

Read more about Alumnae Spotlight: Kelly Larson is a support staff member in the Writers Room of CW's new hit show Batwoman.

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Contact

Jenna Rosati
Alumnae Director
(408) 264-1664 ext. 2037
jrosati@presentationhs.org

 

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