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.
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.

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 2015-2016

Combined Enrollment

Students receiving our tuition grants


Students who qualify for federal lunch program


Catholic Students


Accepted into one or more Catholic high schools


Single parent households

Total given for tuition assistance in 2015-2016

Bragging Writes


St. Ignatius of Loyola

Saint Ignatius of Loyola Elementary School has been home to the Ortega family for 19 years! Nicholas, the youngest of five sons, is currently a 6th grader, Daniel attends Saint Francis High School, and Gabriel is on the road to following his father’s footsteps in law...

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St. Michael

St. Michael’s School will hold a ten-week educational program called Maestro en Casa to help recent immigrants transition to life in the United States. Maestro en Casa and was developed by MATT for Education, a non-profit organization focusing on integration,...

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St. Anthony

St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception School has brought a spirit of ecumenism to the school community.  St. Anthony Parish has rented space to the San Francisco Islamic School (grades K-4) for the past two years. This year, SFIS moved into the St. Joseph’s building on...

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Sacred Heart

Parents and teachers were all proud of the students’ accomplishments and progress in learning their chosen instruments – guitar, clarinet, flute, trumpet or violin – at Sacred Heart’s Winter Music Concert on December 6. It was testament to the students’ hard work as...

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Saint James

Yamil Leon, a seventh grader at Saint James Catholic School, won first place in the Archdiocese of San Francisco Respect for Life Essay Contest. Yamil has been at Saint James since kindergarten and has a brother in third grade. He is a hard worker who strives to make...

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St. Elizabeth

Within a few short days of the tragic fire in the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland, the children of St. Elizabeth responded as good neighbors should. With the Ghost Ship being only three blocks from the school, more than 70 sixth and seventh graders walked to the site...

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St. Frances X. Cabrini

St. Frances X. Cabrini School’s Student Council raises funds to sponsor ten Thanksgiving dinners to families in need. Students were able to choose families according to need and the number of family members. The Student Council solicited various local businesses to...

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Santa Teresita

Santa Teresita School and Sister Patricia Ann Smith, O.P. were happy to present to the Barrios family the very first Christian Parenting Scholarship Award in memory of Sister Pat Ann’s parents, George and Evelyn Smith. Maria and Everardo Barrios are active members of...

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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