Hope and Opportunity through Catholic Education

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:

Catholic San Francisco


Enrollment Beginning 2015-2016

Number of Families

Average Class Size

Graduates 2014-2015

2015 Graduates Accepted by Catholic High Schools


% of Catholic Students

Students from Single Parent Households


% Receiving Tuition Assistance

Vision of Hope Schools

Click on logos to reach each school’s website


Saint James



321 Fair Oaks St.
San Francisco



St. Anthony~Immaculate Conception


299 Precita Ave.
San Francisco


St. Elizabeth


1516 33rd Ave.


St. Ignatius


6025 Monte Vista St.
Los Angeles


St. Michael


1027 W. 87th St.
Los Angeles


Sacred Heart


2109 Sichel St.
Los Angeles


Santa Teresita


2646 Zonal Ave.
Los Angeles


St. Frances X. Cabrini


1428 W. Imperial Hwy.
Los Angeles


Bragging Writes

Lent at St. James School

On Fridays in Lent, students at Saint James Catholic School gather for the traditional Lenten prayer service led by students in grades 5-8. Each Stations of the Cross is portrayed differently. The fifth graders used “Mary’s Way of the Cross” which follows the mother... read more

Santa Teresita

Thomas Varela, Class of 1963  graduate of Santa Teresita, belongs to a local automobile club. On December 17, club members arrived at the school with a carload of toys for our students plus a monetary donation from a fundraiser they held right after Thanksgiving.... read more

St. Elizabeth

Lorena Ortega-Guerrero, class of 2012 from St. Elizabeth Elementary, has received a full scholarship to Yale University.  Currently a senior at Holy Names High School in Oakland, Lorena was a Veritas Award winner as a 7th grader. Lorena is interested in studying... read more

St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception

Through grants from Vision of Hope and the Alliance of Mission District Catholic Schools, St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception School began a robotics club in September 2015.  Students in grades 5–8 joined First Lego League, and two SAIC teams entered their first... read more

Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart Elementary School is again participating in the widely anticipated Reading is Fundamental program, thanks to funding from an alumnus of the school who wants every student to have access to free books and develop a love of reading. The RIF organization... read more

St. Michael’s

St. Michael’s School dedicated its new Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) Lab at the Blue Mass in October. The STEAM Lab came to fruition thanks to the support of Girl Scout Michelle Heredia, the men’s group of St. Maximilian-Kolbe Church,... read more

St. James School

St. James School’s Technology Coordinator, Albert Bricker, served as coach and mentor of 6th grade students who competed with 15 Bay area teams in our first ever First Lego League tournament. Mr. Bricker was also the official director of the November 21 qualifying... read more

St. Ignatius of Loyola

Samuel Ortega, St. Ignatius Class of 2008, is currently a senior at USC where he will graduate this year with a degree in Human Evolutionary Biology.  Over the holidays, Sam traveled to Banjar Basti, in Sikar, Rajasthan, and worked with children in the poorest... read more

St. Frances X. Cabrini

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini junior high students are regularly given the opportunity to analyze scientific concepts and enjoy science lab time. In the laboratory, classroom and the field, our students design investigations, connect with scientific reasoning, operate... read more



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.


Frank Rodezno

Class of 1962, Saint James Catholic School


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.


Monet Walker

Class of 2001, St. Frances X. Cabrini Elementary School


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.


Marie Roque

Kinder/1st and 3rd grade teacher, St. Frances X. Cabrini Elementary School