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Non attendance day for SHPS Scholars
All SHPS schools closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th Scholars return to school on Tuesday, May 30.
All St. HOPE offices and SHPS Schools Closed in recognition of the Juneteenth Holiday.
St. HOPE Facility Grand Opening
7,000 square foot facility opening at 4101 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. HOPE Academy Founded by Kevin Johnson
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.
Oak Park Victorian Grand Opening
St. HOPE’s first economic development project.
40 acres Art & Cultural Center Grand Opening
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
Scholars Success and Go Dragons!
As we end Black History Month, I wanted to share some exciting news about our Sac High scholars who are shining in both the classroom and on the court. We are proud to be a part of Cal State Chico’s Fulbright Program and Sac High Principal Christina Williams-James shared our scholars’ academic successes in an opinion editorial in the Sacramento Observer. Our boys basketball team had a very exciting season making it to round one of the 2023 CIF State Boys Basketball Championships.
Dragons Basketball Celebrates Big Wins: Boys Basketball Team Advances to Section Finals and Girl’s Basketball Coach Celebrates 300 Wins
The Sac High Boys basketball team had an exciting win on February 22 beating Placer High school 73 to 59. The Dragons led by Coach Matt Johnson, a Sac High alumni, are now 24-7. Sac High will face off against two-time defending Division III champion Vanden High School in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section finals at the Golden 1 Center at 4pm on Saturday, February 25. We hope you can come cheer our Dragons on! Ticket information can be found here.
Sac High Hosts International Teachers as Part of Cal State Chico’s Fulbright Program
We are thrilled to have hosted several international teachers of English as a Foreign Language at Sac High as part of Cal State Chico’s Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (FTEA). The teachers came to Sac High to learn about U.S. practices in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, service learning, and the use of technology in the classroom. FTEA program manager Heather Hacking says “we chose Sac High because it has a dynamic program that teaches students not only what they should learn, but that they CAN learn.”
Sac High Alumni Spotlight: Vicki Baugh ‘07 Alumni
February 8, 2023
On Senior Night on Wednesday, February 8, the #22 jersey of Sac High alum Vicki Baugh, NCAA women’s basketball champion and two-time USA gold medalist, was retired during a pre-game ceremony at Sac High.
Paving the Way for a Brighter Future
Black History month is an important time of reflection and connectivity. It is a time to honor the past as we recognize how previous struggles connect to the present day and pave the way for a brighter future. An important part of this includes ensuring that our youth are connected to leaders who look like them and are from their communities. Hearing about their life journeys, struggles, career aspirations, and successes shows them that they too can achieve what they set their minds to.
Former WNBA player, Sacramento High alum to retire jersey during Senior Night
Tonight, Vicki Baugh will be recognized as part of Sac High's Senior Night and her jersey #22 will be officially retired.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Vicki Baugh, a former WNBA basketball player and alum of Sacramento High School, will have her jersey retired Wednesday night.
Baugh graduated from Sacramento High in 2007 and was recruited to attend the University of Tennessee on a full scholarship to play for The Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball team.
Sacramento Charter High School kicks off Black History Month with local speaker chosen by students
Kevin Powers speaks at Sacramento High School in Sacramento, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023
Amaya Pernell, a 17-year-old student at Sacramento Charter High school, said she was working at Underground Books when she came across “Not Today Fear!” written by Kevin Powers. She said Powers’ book confronts fear, an emotion that she said was familiar and found it “can really stop you from succeeding.”
When it came time to book speakers for her high school’s Black History month, she said she was determined to get Powers, a Sacramento native, in front of her classmates.
St. HOPE’s History Builds the Foundation for its Future
Oct 7, 2020
Updated: Oct 8, 2020
With 30 years of challenges, successes and reinvention, St. HOPE proves it’s a valuable part of the Oak Park community.
History of Sacramento High School
St. HOPE was founded in 2003 but the school campus’ history dates back to the late 19th century. Named after the city, Sacramento High School started as a small one room building with less than 40 students in attendance. After several moves the school settled at its current location at 34th and Y street in 1924.
Sacramento Charter High School Celebrates College-Bound Seniors
May 13, 2022
Sacramento Charter High School is celebrating a high number of college acceptances this year, sending their seniors off with a special celebration.
St. HOPE Spring Festival
Good Day - April 9, 2022
St. Hope Public Schools is hosting a spring market full of food trucks and family-friendly activities!
All families are invited to St. HOPE Public Schools’ Spring Festival!
All families are invited to St. HOPE Public Schools’ Spring Festival! SHPS will be hosting a free admission event with local night market vendors, food trucks, community resources, and a kids zone with a variety of activities and attractions. This event will safely bring everyone together for a day of family-friendly fun in the Oak Park community. The kids zone will feature face painting, bounce houses, a petting zoo, carnival rides, and more!
Join us Saturday, April 9th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Sacramento Charter High School football field.
Alumni Highlight: Aryanna Lewis
Recently, we caught up with St. HOPE alumnae, Aryanna Lewis, to discuss her recently being crowned as Miss Black Sacramento. Aryanna who attended St. HOPE Public Schools from Kindergarten - High School, graduated from Sac High, Class of 2014 and was her class Student Body Vice President. She credits her St. HOPE background as the foundation of her morals and as the pathway that lead her to reach higher goals. We are certainly proud of Aryanna’s accomplishments and how she continues to be a positive representative of our St. HOPE family!
Matt Johnson to Coach Boys Varsity Basketball Team
Sac High is excited to announce Matt Johnson as the new Varsity Boy’s Basketball coach. As an alumni of Sac High, Johnson was a three-year varsity letterman in basketball and was nominated as a Dragon team MVP, Capital Athletic League MVP and was named 1 st team All-City.
Let’s Read Oak Park
Launch of New St. HOPE Reading Initiative
With a new focus on racial injustice, there is a spotlight on the sobering statistics in the reading levels between black and white students. In 2019, The Nation’s Report Card from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) found that just 15% of Black 8th graders were at or above reading “proficiency.” About half didn’t even reach the “basic” reading benchmark.
Free Drive Through Covid-19 Testing Site at Sac High
Sponsored by St. HOPE and EventMD
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing for others?” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In an effort to serve and respond to the needs of our community St. HOPE is teaming up with EventMD to provide a drive-through COVID Testing Site at Sacramento High School starting Saturday, January 15th. Both PCR and Antigen rapid testing will be available weekly on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 9 AM to 2 PM. Please get vaccinated and tested to keep yourself and others safe.
Increasing Access to College
Sac High Seniors recently participated in the annual Cash for College workshop to apply for Federal grants and loans to pay for college. During the Cash For College event hosted by Sac High, advisors assisted students with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act (CADAA), unlocking financial resources and making their dreams to attend college become a reality.
Colour of Music Festival Debuts in Sacramento November 10-13
We are thrilled to welcome the Colour of Music Festival to Sacramento! Since 2013, the Colour of Music Festival has showcased the talents of black classical musicians and composers and highlighted their impact and historical significance on American and world culture. The Festival began with performances in Charleston, South Carolina and is now bringing some of the top black classical musicians, trained at some of the most prestigious music schools, conservatories and universities in the world, to Sacramento.
Sac High Kicks Off the School Year With Back To School Night & Footlocker
At St. HOPE Public Schools, our goal is always to take every opportunity to create memorable events for our scholars and families. We also work to collaborate with community partners to bring differentiated opportunities to our campus! On Thursday, August 19th, Sac High welcomed over 50% of our families to campus for Back To School Night! In collaboration with Footlocker we gave away over 250 backpacks and 300+ t-shirts and our scholars and families experienced a great evening with a local DJ, photographer, and amazing music! Our scholars and families were able to connect with Footlocker Stripers to talk about college and career paths, and also get some fun swag to show off at school and in the community.
Journey to the Future with St. HOPE’s New CEO, Cassandra Jennings
Dear St. HOPE friends, family and community,
I feel so blessed to be at St. HOPE and back in the Oak Park neighborhood in this season of my personal and professional journey, so I can continue to pour into the community that has been a part of my life for over three decades. My kids attended school in Oak Park; I worship in Oak Park; and both my husband and I worked for many years to improve the lives of Oak Park residents and to support the mission of St. HOPE to revitalize the community. I recall some of the initiatives I worked on over the years, including street clean ups, first time homebuyer programs, the St. HOPE after school program,