The school’s curriculum is tightly aligned to the California Common Core State Standards and to rigorous grade-level benchmarks and performance standards.
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. Students are provided with daily opportunities to write for authentic purposes about their life experiences with support for developing their craft as writers.
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. 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 (2) providing students with school-day arts experiences (3) building students’ confidence, self-esteem and self-expressive abilities (4) engaging students in a range of visual arts disciplines; and (5) supporting classroom teachers on effective arts-integration practices.
The World Language Program currently offers Spanish to all students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. 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. 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. 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.
Extended Learning At Vincent Academy
Extended learning opportunities at Vincent Academy include a wide range of programs that provide our TK – 5th grade students with year-round academic, cultural, and recreational enrichment beyond the traditional school day.
After School Program
The Vincent Academy After School Program (ASP) is available to students currently enrolled at VA. Students participating in the after-school program during the academic year receive homework support and can choose from a variety of enrichment clubs and programs in science and technology, visual and performing arts, world languages, and sports.
The ASP begins immediately after the regular day ends and last until 6:00pm daily.
Schedule: 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.
Fees: 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.
Spring & Summer Camps
Vincent Academy offers a one-week spring break camp and a six-week summer camp during vacation breaks for our enrolled students. At both camps, students are provided academic enrichment, cultural activities, and recreational opportunities that complement the regular day program. The Summer Adventure Day Camp is an excellent opportunity for students to experience hiking, swimming, various sports and field games, and special educational field trips.
Enroll At Vincent Academy
VINCENT ACADEMY is a K-5 charter public school located in West Oakland that is tuition free to all families. We offer outstanding elementary education, grounded in scholarship, compassion and resilience. The school is founded on the belief that academic success is attainable for all students.
As an innovative charter school, VINCENT ACADEMY combines a rigorous academic program, with an emphasis on the arts, along with a broad program of education and support services for parents. The school also offers extended hours daily (7am to 6pm) and a summer program.
How Can I Apply?
- Create an account through https://enrolloak.org/. Select the blue “Enroll Oakland Charters Application” icon.
- If you are having trouble accessing an account, please call the school at 510.452.2100 for assistance and next steps.
What happens next?
- You will be notified of admission or waitlist through email or text. Letters are also mailed out for offers of admission.
- Once offered admissions, please log back in through https://enrolloak.org/ to complete the registration packet.
- Invitation by email/text and letter to attend mandatory orientation meeting
2501 Chestnut St.
Oakland, CA 94607