The school’s curriculum is tightly aligned to the California Common Core State Standards and to rigorous grade-level benchmarks and performance standards. Collaboration skills are explicitly taught and working together to achieve academic ends is encouraged.
Vincent Academy utilizes a three-block workshop model that includes a reading workshop, writing workshop and a language and word study block. The balanced literacy model places a premium on developing engaged readers, proficient writers and skilled oral communicators with mastery of the English language. Instructional and independent reading texts are matched to a student’s interest and instructional level in guided reading. Students are provided with daily opportunities to write for authentic purposes about their life experiences with support for developing their craft as writers. Vincent Academy’s program systematically develops student facility with the complexities of the English language.
The mathematics program utilizes carefully sequenced concepts and well-crafted lessons to assist students to develop mathematical proficiency in five areas: conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, strategic competence, adaptive reasoning and developing a productive disposition towards mathematics.
The history and social science program is designed to help students develop a foundational understanding of the components of a respectful and nurturing community, an understanding which then becomes the basis for grappling with the challenges and opportunities our moment in history affords us as global citizens of the world community.
The science program is based on studies of physical, life and earth sciences along a continuum of investigation and experimentation. Over the K-5 grade span, students gain increasingly complex knowledge and skill related to observation, inquiry, hypothesis-testing and experimentation techniques. Such a foundation of scientific knowledge and the development of a complementary set of analytical skills will allow students to make meaningful connections to new discoveries and to join the community of scientific advancement.
The visual arts program is planned in conjunction with the Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) through their Artist in Residence program. The focus of the program is on: 1) increasing students’ understanding of and skills in visual art in accordance with California state standards; (2) providing students with school-day arts experiences that support the core curriculum; (3) building students’ confidence, self-esteem and self-expressive abilities through engagement with various art processes; (4) engaging students in a range of visual arts disciplines representing various periods, styles and cultures; and (5) supporting classroom teachers through continuing professional development on effective arts-integration practices.
The World Language Program currently offers Spanish to all students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. The program will be based on communicative language learning and will aim to generate student and family excitement for learning and discovering a new language within a rich cultural context of heritage, customs and celebrations. The program includes aural immersion, and the development of speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will practice newly acquired language skills through whole group and partner activities, and games, songs, skits and native speaker community involvement.
Music and Performing Arts:
Vincent Academy includes music as part of the weekly curriculum for all grade levels. Instruction will be provided by a music specialist. Performing arts also will be incorporated at all grade levels.
Technology and Library Media:
Vincent Academy provides students with technology instruction through use of a shared class set of ipads and chromebooks.
Vincent Academy is committed to guiding students to apply their knowledge and skill to the real-world contexts in which they live. The School will utilize the methodology of service-learning to integrate core content learning with authentic community needs into signature service-learning projects for each grade level. Science and social studies content anchor the projects, with language arts and mathematics concepts interwoven where applicable. Service learning projects are key to inspiring students to actively engage with the surrounding community and engender, even at a young age, a sense of caring and responsibility for the greater good.
After School Program
The Vincent Academy After School Program (ASP) is available to students currently enrolled at VA in grades Kindergarten through Fourth.
The ASP begins immediately after the regular day ends and last until 6:00pm daily. For Kindergarteners, the ASP begins at 1pm and ends at 6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. For First through Fourth graders, the ASP begins at 3:15pm and ends at 6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesdays, the ASP begins at 1:30pm and ends at 6pm for all grades.
The ASP fee is on a sliding scale of $40-$100/family each month. Scholarships are available.
Families interested in enrolling their child in Vincent Academy's after school program should inquire at the front office for application materials.