Book of Dreams

Just out – the 2021 Book of Dreams wish lists. Book of Dreams presents opportunities to enrich our schools with gifts that are beyond their limited budgets. Click HERE to learn more and view the wish lists and student THANK YOUs for all eight schools.

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, founded in 1995, marked its 25th anniversary in 2020. Restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic prevented any in-person gatherings, but that didn’t stop us from celebrating. Click HERE or on the 25th Anniversary logo at right to view our celebration, a live virtual event held on October 27, 2020, the second anniversary of the passing of our founding director, Sister John Martin Fixa, O.P., beloved by all as “Sister Johnnie.” The recording features Vision of Hope board members, principals, teachers and students from all our schools. Enjoy!


Blended Learning in Our Schools

In partnership with Loyola Marymount University, Blended Learning has been implemented in four of our eight schools: St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception and St. James in San Francisco, St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Michael’s in Los Angeles. Watch this video from St. James School to see the enthusiasm that teachers and students have for this method of teaching. Blended Learning techniques and the students’ familiarity with technology greatly eased the transition to at-home instruction forced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Within a few days of school lockdowns in March 2020, teachers were teaching and students were learning.



Vision of Hope Schools

Vision of Hope schools are diocesan schools but considered as 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


Enrollment 2020-2021

Students Educated Over 25 Years

Total Tuition Assistance over 25 years

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

Dominican Sisters Vision of Hope is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our EIN number is 94-3356021, and our tax-exempt status is granted under a group exemption with the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops.