Public Schools: About Us


About Us

About Us

St. HOPE (SHPS) Public Schools is a public charter school system with a focus on students from low-income and minority backgrounds, providing them with a high-quality, rigorous college preparatory education. Our schools serve nearly 2,000 students.


To create one of the finest urban TK-12 public school systems in America.


To graduate self-motivated, industrious and critical thinking leaders who are committed to serving others, passionate about lifelong learning and prepared to earn a degree from a four-year college.



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Five Pillars

These basic principles form the five pillars responsible for the success of St. HOPE Public Schools.

High Expectations

St. HOPE Public Schools has high expectations for academic achievement and conduct that are clearly defined, measurable, and make no excuses based on the background of students. Students, parents, teachers, and staff create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support, through a range of formal and informal rewards and consequences for academic performance and behavior.

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Our History

Our schools’ history stretches back 19 years to our founder Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. In 1989, Oak Park native and NBA All-Star Johnson opened a portable classroom in Sacramento High School as an after school program called St. HOPE Academy. Since then, St. HOPE has dramatically improved Oak Park through its holistic community development approach, creating 20 businesses and over 300 jobs. It also opened 40 Acres Art and Cultural Center, a 25,000-square-foot mixed-use facility located in the heart of Oak Park.