St. HOPE: Home
Please join us for OPPN’s First Career Fair hosted by the Greater Sacramento Urban League and Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services. At the Career Fair, Oak Park residents and the greater community will have an ability to:
- Explore Employment Options
- Connect with Local Employers
- Achieve your Career Goals
DATE: Thursday, October 27, 2016
TIME: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Location: Serna Center located at 5735 47th Avenue
What we are asking you to do: Come out to support Sac High and PS7’s charter renewal efforts as we go before the SCUSD school board for our public hearing. Every five years a charter school must have its charter renewed and this is our year! We are hoping to fill the SCUSD board room with students, families and staff as we ask the school board to renew our charters for five more years.
Location: Lions Gate hotel (3410 Westover St)
Location: The Guild Theater
Lecture and Book Signing with Terry McMillan
Location: Serna Center located at 5735 47th Avenue
St. HOPE began in 1989 as an afterschool program in a portable classroom at Sacramento High School
After 13 years, St. HOPE realized that an after school program simply wasn’t enough to dramatically improve the academic outcomes of children, that it would be necessary to establish and run our own schools.
In 2003, St. HOPE Public Schools was founded as a preK-12 independent charter school district that provides high-quality education to nearly 2,000 students.
7,000 square foot facility opening at 4101 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. HOPE’s first economic development project.
St. HOPE’s largest economic development project opened with Underground Books, Uncle Jed’s Cut Hut, Starbucks and the Guild Theater.
40 Acres is the jewel of the SHDC efforts in the Oak Park community. The building was the historic Woodruff Hotel which was build in 1922 and was renovated by St. HOPE Development company in 2003.
The 23,000 sq. ft. mixed use facility includes:
- Guild Theater
- Underground Books
- Old Soul Coffee House
- Coopers Wine Bar
- Upper Room Apartments
In 2012, Sacramento’s RIRE Boutique established itself with its first pop-up location in East Sacramento. Since then, the contemporary clothing boutique has witnessed a growth in popularity, respectively allowing its expansion into a more permanent location in Midtown and a even further expansion into Davis in 2015 and Oak Park this last summer.
When you’re the coach of the latest top-ranked football team back home, not even bumper-to-bumper traffic on a Sunday afternoon in the Los Angeles area can dampen the mood.
And Justin Reber wasn’t the only person smiling at Sacramento High School during Monday afternoon’s practice in Oak Park. The Dragons were a bit giddy, too, knowing they are top-ranked by The Bee, a spot ahead of Folsom – which Sac High knocked from the perch last month.
Sac High Football has been practicing since January, winning games and turning heads as they continue to dominate on the gridiron. After a brutal pre-season schedule, the Dragons are reaping the benefits of their hard work. The year round training, the intense work-out regiment imposed by Head Coach Justin Reber, and the mantra of commitment to excellence has produced tremendous results.
The Class of 2016 left its mark at Sac High in many areas, including setting a record of having 95% of seniors earning acceptance to a four-year college. Now, the Class of 2017 has a tall task in aiming to exceed the record set by its predecessor.
September’s Indivizible program served as a pitch-perfect lesson on how to best inspire, uplift, and empower our young people. With school back in session, focusing on the advances made by trailblazers within the American education system helped facilitate an important dialogue about how we can help our young people become tomorrow’s leaders.
The Seeds of HOPE Dinner is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together students, all-star chefs, and community partners. The Annual Dinner supports the Edible Sac High Garden, which provides scholars with the necessary skills, tools, and confidence to make intelligent choices about the food they choose to fuel their bodies, while simultaneously providing opportunities to develop real-world business skills and acumen.
On Saturday, October 1st, St. HOPE Public Schools participated in “Celebrate Oak Park”, a community event organized by Sacramento City Council Member Jay Schenirer’s District 5 team and WayUp Sacramento to help kick-off Oak Park Smart.
Forget Taco Tuesdays. Sacramento is all about Meatless Mondays.
The city passed a resolution Tuesday night declaring all Mondays from here on to be meat-free in Sacramento in honor of Paul McCartney, a noted vegetarian who will play the opening night concert at Golden 1 Center.
Sacramento’s Unseen Heroes and the Oak Park Business Association continue to bring the community together through a special experience known as Gather: Oak Park.
A week ago, Justin Reber could not rest.
He tossed and turned, fussed and fumed, undone by a lethargic showing by his Sacramento Dragons football team in Fairfield.
And on Friday, the coach was restless again, but this time for all the joyous, right reasons.
Basking under the glow of a glistening full Harvest Moon and reaping the benefits of skill and athleticism, and sheer energy and will, the Dragons staged an epic performance at Folsom, bouncing the top-ranked Bulldogs 32-27 in a nonleague contest sure to reverberate the rest of the season.
As part of an ongoing expansion, the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce has moved from midtown to a larger building in Oak Park that it may someday share with Sacramento’s other ethnic chambers of commerce.
Planning is already well underway for the annual St. HOPE Dinner taking place on Friday, October 28 at the Red Lion Woodlake hotel. This year’s fundraiser “Generation HOPE” will honor St. HOPE Families who have been dedicated to St. HOPE for many years, and focus on the next St. HOPE generation.
On August 29, 2016 the Sac High Girls Volleyball team traveled to Placerville, CA, to take on the El Dorado High School Cougars in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Volleyball Foundation Game. Since 2002, the one day competition serves the section as a fundraiser for the annual A. Dale Lackey Student-Athlete Scholarship and the Women in Sports Conference. Aside from the monetary gains, this year’s encounter re-united the Dragon Family with former Sac High Athletic Director, and Sac High founding teacher, Justin Gatling.
The Torch, more commonly known as The Student Store, quietly took on a new look and feel last spring before making a huge bang this back to school season. It was just last year Sac High seniors felt compelled to make a difference in their school and leave a legacy that would last.
Fresh carpet. Painted walls. New tenants. The office located on the corner of 34th Street and 3rd Avenue, previously home to Teach for America and College Track, is looking different these days. Recent renovations included new carpets, coats of fresh paint and making room to host large trainings. Another education focused nonprofit, City Year Sacramento, has moved in and will use the 3400 building to house its full time staff as well as host professional development sessions for up to 80 people. Tina Nguyen, City Year’s Operations Manager, says the updates make the space feel homey and she is excited to be completely moved in.
On August 10th, nearly 1,700 PreK-12th grade students returned to school for the 2016-17 school year across the campuses of St. HOPE Public Schools. While Triumph preschool had already been open for a week, PS7 (TK-8), Oak Park Prep (7-8) and Sac High (9-12) all opened their doors the second Wednesday in August to kick off the new year. Now, one month into school, classes are full and students are taking their first steps of the year climbing the mountain to and through college. In fact, despite being just one month into their senior year, this week Sac High 12th graders will receive their first ever college acceptances at Sacramento’s annual HBCU Fair.
On August 15, the Indivizible Speaker Series held its 2nd annual version of TEDx at the Guild Theater. The sold-out crowd of 200 people was entertained by a variety of speakers, videos and performers during the 90 minute event.
The theme for the event was “40 Acres and a Muse” and the program consisted of local entrepreneurs and entertainers. Place maker Tre Borden, and Rapid Brands CEO Chris Johnson, who appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” headlined the program.
The mission of St. HOPE is rooted in service and leadership. Summer is the perfect time to see these concepts in full display as Sac High alumni, home from college, return to their alma mater for summer internships.
St. HOPE is founded on five pillars. Pillar number three is More Time. Most know this translates into longer school days for our students, which is one part of the concept of more time, and one that may cause kids to cringe initially. But it makes sense. If you are behind it will take longer to catch up. If you are ahead then more time will help you get further ahead. However, the pillars are not just for our students, they apply to the adults as well.
Teachers and staff at St. HOPE embody the five pillars and model them for students.
The new St. HOPE websites, launched just last week, tell the St. HOPE story, aid in cross-network alignment, and provide stakeholders with an excellent communication tool. With features like the St. HOPE timeline, beautiful carousel images, and a thorough events calendar, it’s easy to capture everything we are about here at St. HOPE. The sites are managed using one system, so whether you are a parent, tenant, or a future partner, you are getting the same message; we are committed to revitalizing Oak Park through quality public education and economic development.