Hope and Opportunity through Catholic Education
At Saint James Catholic School’s annual Mass for Peace and Justice, a student from each of the three levels is acknowledged for exemplifying the peacemaking qualities of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. –– qualities like including others in play, coming to school with a positive attitude, working hard and never giving up, even when there are challenges.
This year’s Peacemaker Award recipients are, l-r, Katherine Vilchez, grade 6; Francesa Garcia Madria, grade 4; and Aliyah McCarver, grade 2.
The Mass is always held near the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
2015 - 2016 Annual Fund Campaign
The Dominican Sisters Vision of Hope provides financial support for eight inner-city schools sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. These schools serve more than 1,800 students in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Our mission is to provide a high quality, affordable Catholic education for our children and to ensure a vibrant future for these schools and the communities they serve. Our 2016 Annual Fund, Hope and Opportunity through Catholic Education, seeks to raise $1 million to help accomplish our mission.
Why is our Annual Fund so important?
85% of families in our Vision of Hope schools need significant financial aid. The Annual Fund allows us to respond to this growing need by annually granting each school over $100,000.
Average family income for our Vision of Hope schools is $30,000. The Annual Fund allows our schools to offer grants to families who would never be able to afford Catholic education.
Dominican Sisters have been leaders in our eight schools for decades. The Annual Fund keeps Dominican education alive in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland.
Vision of Hope students deserve an excellent education. The Annual Fund gives our students an opportunity to be on equal footing with students from other well-equipped schools.
The Annual Fund keeps hope and opportunity alive for all our students and schools.
Impact of Vision of Hope
• 85% of what we raise in the Annual Fund directly supports tuition assistance, program support and the endowment.
• Last year, 763 students received grants ranging in size from $100 to $6,000 from our endowment.
• Since 2005, 21% of Catholic schools have closed, yet thanks to donors, 100% of Vision of Hope schools remain open.
Inspiring Faith and Hope in Our Catholic Schools
Two of our schools, St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception and St. James, along with another Mission District school, St. Peter, are featured in a front page article in the Catholic Schools Week issue of Catholic San Francisco. Students from 15 Bay area schools, both public and private, competed in a First Lego League qualifying tournament held Nov. 21 at SAIC. Albert Bricker, technology coordinator for SAIC and St. James, was the tournament director. Read all about this proud accomplishment here:
Enrollment Beginning 2015-2016
Number of Families
Average Class Size
2015 Graduates Accepted by Catholic High Schools
% of Catholic Students
Students from Single Parent Households
% Receiving Tuition Assistance
Vision of Hope Schools
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When I was young and attended Saint James, it was a place of peace and nourishment for me, so I am sending you a small donation to help you carry out this Saint James tradition. I know you will use these funds to carry out the spirit of the school and help some needy children.
Cabrini was definitely my home away from home. It has played a tremendous role in the woman I am today. My teachers always pushed me to be all that I was able to be.
I am grateful for the education that my children earned here. I have many fond memories of the children I taught, and every so often I see one of them who reminds me of a special event. All these memories I will forever cherish.