St. HOPE proudly announces that it is renovating its PS7 Elementary, a project that will create a campus that benefits its students as well as its entire Oak Park neighborhood. “We’re hoping to break ground in 2020 on this state-of-the-art campus that will double the school’s student capacity,” says Jake Mossawir, president and CEO.
In 2018, St. HOPE was awarded a $25 million grant for this new facility. In the past year, they’ve hired key team members, including a construction manager, architect, and civil engineer, and developed the preliminary design with a goal of creating one of the finest school facilities in the Sacramento region.
The new facility will serve transitional kindergarten through fifth grade students and include 31 classrooms, a library, tech center, amphitheater, gym, and includes a beautiful new entrance. “This campus will enhance the entire Oak Park community and reflect the level of academics happening inside the classrooms,” says Mossawir.
PS7 is one of the region’s premier public elementary schools. Last year, PS7 proficiency rates in math for third grade were nearly
90 percent, more than twice that of the average Sacramento City Unified School District score of 40 percent, and for English language arts, PS7 third graders outperformed the district by nearly 15 percent.
In addition to running high-quality charter schools, St. HOPE works to revitalize the Oak Park area by bringing in businesses and creating jobs. St. HOPE also owns the empty lots surrounding the campus and will engage the community through the development process. “We will be working to engage residents as well as business and community leaders to provide input and ideas that will help us design concepts that benefit all of Oak Park into the future,” Mossawir says.