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.

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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

The arts are alive and well at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish School! Broadway came to Highland Park on May 20-21, when  St. Ignatius students performed the musical, “Annie” and fulfilled a dream of Principal Ileana Wade. With the overwhelming support of parents and...

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St. Michael

To help stimulate students’ creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills, St. Michael’s is adding a Blended STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) pedagogy over the next five years. During the 2016-2017 school year,...

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St. Anthony

St. Agnes Parish in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district is teaming up with St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception School. This was demonstrated in April when the parish dedicated its Lenten almsgiving, generating over $3,200 for the school. Natalie Terry, the parish...

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Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart Elementary School’s  technology program has really taken off in the last year with whiteboards and Apple TV academic resources in every classroom. We recently received a grant from the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Foundation which has allowed us...

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Saint James

Each spring, the St. James School campus is transformed into a marine study lab.  The school participates in Marine Activities and Resource Education (MARE), a program of the Lawrence Hall of Science that seeks to increase ocean literacy. Students in each grade are...

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St. Elizabeth

For the last 25 years, St. Elizabeth has been the only elementary school in the Diocese of Oakland to offer a special needs program.  Inspired by Mother Pia Backes, founder of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, the St. Elizabeth Mother Pia Special Needs...

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St. Frances X. Cabrini

The St. Frances X. Cabrini soccer team definitely has the fire in their hearts, speed at their feet, skills in maneuvers and execution, and the determination to get the “WIN” done. On May 13, our team played in the annual soccer tournament sponsored by The Saint...

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Santa Teresita

Santa Teresita School has a beautiful hand-crafted mini mobile library, thanks to Class of ‘70 alum Mrs. Monica Gallardo-Sandoval, Community Service Officer 1, Department of Public Safety, Health Sciences Campus, Keck Medical Center of USC. Monica spearheaded the...

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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