Our Story

Vision of Hope is a community of eight urban Catholic elementary schools in the tradition of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. Through a robust tuition assistance program, Vision of Hope is strengthening and sustaining Catholic education for the children of these schools and the communities they serve.

Vision of Hope Schools

Vision of Hope schools are diocesan schools but considered affiliate schools of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. They embody the charism and commitment to the four pillars of the Dominican Order: prayer, community, study, and service. The Dominican Sisters founded Vision of Hope in 1995 to ensure the quality, affordability and vibrant future for eight of their poorest elementary schools, five in Los Angeles, two in San Francisco, and one in Oakland.

Vision of Hope Impact

Total Students


Receive Tuition Assistance


Qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch


Catholic Students


Accepted into Catholic High School


Single Parent Households

Grants for Tuition and Academic Support

Watch Our Video

In this 3-minute video we share the great work of our Vision of Hope schools far and wide. Filmed at St. Michael and St. Ignatius in Los Angeles, we tell the story of our eight schools through the faces of children and voices of Vision of Hope.

Bragging Writes

St. Ignatius of Loyola

The faculty of St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish School is blessed to be participating in Project SIMPLE with the support of the Catholic Schools Collaborative (CSC) and in collaboration with LMU/Santa Clara Universities. Project SIMPLE is a five-year program which seeks...

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St. Michael

St. Michael’s is partnered with Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) for its music program.  ETM-LA is a nonprofit that believes in providing students in Title I schools with superior music education taught by highly qualified and trained music teachers....

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St. Anthony

This was our fourth year hosting a Career Day during Catholic Schools Week. Sister Wanda Szymanko and Ms. Adele Medel, teachers at St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception School, organized this event, scheduling speakers throughout the day. Speakers come ready with a...

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Sacred Heart

This fall, as part of a combined religion and art project at Sacred Heart Elementary School, the 8th graders painted portraits of their favorites Saints. Along with the outstanding academics that our school offers, including online learning with Chromebooks and iPads,...

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Saint James

St. James Peacemakers are students who work to build peace and social justice on campus and in the wider community, understand his or her role as a steward of the environment, work collaboratively to resolve conflicts, and demonstrate respect for human diversity and...

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St. Elizabeth

As part of the 21st Century After-School Program, the children of St. Elizabeth Elementary School occasionally travel to local golf courses to learn more about the game.  In October, the students had the wonderful surprise of meeting Golden State Warriors player...

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St. Frances X. Cabrini

This year our pastor, Fr. Juan Bosco Jimenez, initiated a plan to have lunch with each classs. It gives him the opportunity to encourage each student to improve his or her academic performance. He urges them to be kind, helpful, respectful, honest, caring and model...

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Santa Teresita

For 20 years Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy has invited the entire student body and teachers of Santa Teresita School to join them for a morning of celebration, prayer and friendship in preparation for the Christmas holiday. These two very special Dominican schools...

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Throughout our Vision of Hope Schools, the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose minister to the young, the poor, and the vulnerable. Your support allows us to continue the incredible legacy of the Dominican education in our Vision of Hope Schools. 

Dominican Sisters Vision of Hope   |   1555 34th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94601   |   Phone: 510-533-5768   |   Fax: 510-533-2365