Remembering Our Beloved Sister Johnnie   May 9, 1940 – October 27, 2018

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 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.

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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.

Bragging Writes

St. Ignatius of Loyola

In 2019, St. Ignatius 8th graders will have an amazing opportunity to not only study U.S. history during their academic year, but experience it as well. Next spring, 14 students and two chaperones will travel to Washington, DC, to visit sites, monuments and museums...

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St. Michael

To accelerate student academic growth, St. Michael School is departmentalizing 2nd through 4th grades next school year. In a departmentalized structure, teachers focus on just a couple subject areas and delve more deeply into content. This school year, when 5th grade...

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St. Anthony

Vision of Hope hosted its annual Northern Day at the Races on May 19, 2018. This year, not only did SAIC have three student ambassadors escorting guests to their tables and helping with raffle drawings and other tasks, three SAIC teachers also volunteered at...

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Sacred Heart

Music and art are alive at Sacred Heart Elementary School, where education isn’t just about feeding the brain –– it’s also about feeding the heart and soul. The students enjoyed expressing themselves this year through instrumental music, singing, art, dance and...

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Saint James

St. James’ award-worthy production Seussical, the Musical dazzled audiences as the 5th through 8th grade acting troupe led the audience through an imaginative and fantastical mash-up featuring beloved Dr. Seuss characters: the Cat-in-the-Hat, Horton the Elephant, even...

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St. Elizabeth

Mother Maria Pia Backes was the founder of not only the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, but also of St. Elizabeth Elementary School in 1893.  Mother Pia’s mission was to help “the poor, the young, and the vulnerable.”  Twenty-five years ago,...

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St. Frances X. Cabrini

St. Frances X Cabrini will expand its technology programs to better serve its student population between the fall and spring of 2018-2019. The principal, Mrs. Carmen Orinoco-Hart, and the faculty are working toward a one-to-one ratio of students to electronic devices...

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Santa Teresita

Diego Munoz and Tonantzin Torres-Munoz were honored at the Salesian High School and Sacred Heart High School Academic Excellence Dinner with $1,000 scholarships each –– to Salesian High School for Diego and to Sacred Heart High School for Tonantzin, if they choose to...

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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