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Vincent Academy offers a personalized program in a nurturing setting that results in an environment that is joyful, well maintained and, most significantly, conducive to learning.

Vincent Academy will implement a program specifically designed to foster high expectations for all students. In explicit and implicit communications, students will be given the message that it is effective effort that determines success. In interactions with students, school staff will convey the sense that student learning is of the utmost importance and is deserving of great attention and care.

A small school with small class sizes ensures that each child can be known by several caring school adults and can receive the individualized attention needed to grow and develop optimally. Each student will be viewed as a unique individual with particular learning needs and will be supported as such through the use of differentiation tools such as the Individualized Learning Plan (ILP).

A year-round program ensures that students are actively engaged and connected to their learning throughout the entire calendar year without the lengthy gaps where learning “slippage” can occur. In this same vein, Vincent Academy will be open for extended hours in the morning before school and in the evening after the day program has concluded, thus creating a “home away from home” sense for all Vincent Academy children. Academic support will be built into the extended day program in the form of tutoring for underperforming students and enrichment classes and homework assistance for all students. Additionally, after school programming will include enrichment in the visual and performing arts, and is intended to build student confidence and enthusiasm for learning while fostering creativity.

Vincent Academy plans to implement the PATHS curriculum for all grade levels. Through explicit instruction, students will develop emotional awareness, conflict resolution and social skills, and the self-control necessary to play and work in harmony with others. As students gain these valuable life skills, they contribute to a positive school climate that encourages academic and social learning.

Finally, taking care of the physical and emotional wellbeing of students is important to maintaining a positive school culture that enables students to focus on learning. Healthy meals – breakfast and lunch – will be provided to Vincent Academy students through the Federal Nutrition Program. Physical activities will be emphasized during recess, in physical education classes, and through local field trips and use of nearby community recreational facilities.

Vincent Academy will provide a robust program of education and support for parents, including a family literacy program, parenting classes, a financial education program and a health education program. Additionally, Vincent Academy plans to provide health prevention and screening services and, when appropriate, will provide referrals for family support services and counseling.

Family and student involvement will be a key factor in every aspect of the school’s functioning.