Hope and Opportunity through Catholic Education

St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception School hosted a First Lego League Qualifying Tournament, Mission: Track Trek 2015, on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Fifteen Bay Area teams competed in the robotics event, including teams from SAIC and Saint James School. Albert Bricker, technology coordinator for both schools, was the tournament director, and dozens of parents served as volunteer judges and workers.

Children from 80 countries are participating in the 2015 Trash Trek Challenge. Students, ages 9-14, design, build and program Lego robots to solve the problem of trash collection, sorting, composting, recycling.

“Teams are judged on their projects, robotics and how well they demonstrate the First Lego League (FLL) core values, which include cooperation, discovery and the spirit of friendly competition,” Bricker said.

Winners of this qualifying tournament advance to a regional championship. The season ends with the FLL World Festival in April in St. Louis. Although the Vision of Hope school teams did not advance, “Our teams performed extremely well as rookies,” Bricker said. “In meeting this educational challenge, all kids are winners.”

Inspiring Faith and Hope in Our Catholic Schools

Welcome to Vision of Hope, which for 20 years has provided 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 ensure the quality, affordability and vibrant future of the schools, the children and the communities they serve.
Sister John Martin Fixa, Vision of Hope Executive Director for 20 years and now Director Emerita, was selected by the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco to receive the 2015 Frank Brennan Award, which recognizes individuals whose personal actions have had an extraordinary impact on the needy of San Francisco.
Hundreds of friends and donors honored “Sister Johnnie” at the Society’s annual Award Dinner on Oct. 28 at the Westin St. Francis on Union Square.
She was featured in a recent of issue of Catholic San Francisco.

Sister John Martin Fixa

Enrollment Beginning 2015-2016

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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

Chromebooks, iPads in St. Michael Classrooms

   St. Michael’s in Los Angeles welcomed 300 students back to school in August. During the summer we purchased and formatted new computers, so each classroom now has in-class devices. Grades 1-8 received new Chromebooks, and transitional kindergarten and kindergarten are using iPads. Students kicked off the new school year taking the STAR test on these devices. Many thanks to all the donors who helped St. Michael’s School update technology for the benefit of the children. We believe that technology will engage students more deeply, and that the new blended learning programs will help to differentiate student learning and improve academic... read more

St. Anthony Alum Provides Free Snacks

A free, healthy and nutritious snack is provided every afternoon to all SAIC students thanks to Denis Moreno, who graduated from St. Anthony School in 1998, just before the merger that created today’s St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception School. Denis is the coordinator for the food services program operated by Children’s Empowerment, Inc. (CEI), a non-profit company based in Daly City. “Academically, I was far below grade level when I started St. Anthony in 6th grade,” Denis says. “St. Anthony was there to motivate me. Teachers taught me to work hard, and when I graduated I won lots of school awards.” Two other family members are also school alumni. Denis’ older sister, Karen graduated from St. Anthony in 1997 and younger brother, Christian graduated in 1999 from... read more

New Bike for Every SEES 6th Grader

Every 6th grader at St. Elizabeth Elementary School, Oakland, received a new bicycle on Aug. 20, thanks to Christina Adams, 17, of Danville. Christina was working toward a Girl Scout Gold Award (equivalent to Eagle Scout for boys), and when members of her St. Joan of Arc Parish learned that she wanted to give a new bicycle to every St. Elizabeth sixth grader, more than $7,000 was donated. Each student received a safety helmet and a goody bag containing a bicycle pump and lock, repair kit, spare tube, water bottle, snacks and a safety brochure. Click Here to read a report of this event that appeared in the Aug. 21 issue of the Oakland... read more

St. James has generous benefactor and friend

Saint James Catholic School got a facelift, inside and out, using monies donated for special projects by Dr. Richard Mani, a generous friend and benefactor. The school’s freshly painted hallways have new carpets and LED lighting, and boulevard trees were trimmed back to give a better view of the historic school building. Dr. Mani also created and made distinctive crucifixes for every classroom and donated a beautiful picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which hangs in the entrance hallway to greet students, staff and... read more

Cabrini 8th graders perform Stations of the Cross

  A live performance of the Stations of The Cross triggered the acting appetite of SFXC 8th graders. The Class of 2015, under the direction of Ms Claudia Tejada, junior high teacher, went on to perform Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and “Romeo & Juliet.” Both productions were flawless. Truly a class... read more

Mother Pia play by Ignatius students

Saint Ignatius 5th grade students performed the “Mother Pia Day” play for the Vision of Hope Spring Southern Board meeting.  They were well rehearsed, poised and ready to perform as the curtain rose. These talented students not only acted but also did a square dance that left the audience of board members on their feet. Well done, Mrs. Zapeda and your 5th grade... read more

Easter lesson for Santa Teresita 5th graders

During the Easter Season, the 5th grade class and a number of parents experienced a retreat led by their teacher, Miss Jacqueline French.  The class went to Santa Monica Beach where they reflected on Jesus’ appearance after the Resurrection, especially Chapter 21 of St. John’s Gospel. “Come to the seashore for breakfast with... read more

Sacred Heart’s 125th anniversary gala

Sacred Heart Elementary School kicked off  their 125th Anniversary with a fundraising dinner and silent auction in February at the Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena. Margie Romano, long-time Vision of Hope supporter and member of SHES Board Emeritus, received the Sacred Heart Founders Award.  Principal Sister Maria Elena Gutierrez O.P. received the Dominican Veritas Leadership Award for 20+ years of service to the school. Continuing the 125th Anniversary festivities, a parish and school community event will be held in the fall. Watch for information this summer on the school website... 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