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.


Meet Elizabeth, a First Grade Star!

In a distance learning assignment, teacher Ann Marie Wozniak of St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception School in San Francisco asked her first grade students to create a scene and using prepositions, describe the location of items relative to other items.

“Elizabeth clearly spent time with this assignment,” says Ms. Wozniak. “She was prepared and so poised with her introduction. When I see this video, I am reminded of how far Elizabeth has come. When she started in August, she did not yet speak any English.

Elizabeth is a shining student and a wonderful example of the impact our schools can make, even when faced with adversity!


Blended Learning in Our Schools

In partnership with Loyola Marymount University, Blended Learning is being implemented in four of our eight schools. Watch these videos to see the enthusiasm that teachers and students have for this method of learning at St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception and St. James Schools in San Francisco.


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.


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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  

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.