Our Philosophy

At Vincent Academy, we want all of our students to become self-motivated, competent, and lifelong learners.

The school program honors the whole child and therefore emphasizes foundational knowledge, critical thinking skills, artistic exploration and learning applications within real-world contexts.

Vincent Academy is committed to supporting students to grow into their leadership capabilities by developing their talents and skills and helping students to recognize the gift of community.

School Leadership

Rosette Costello


Administrative Team

Alex Preston

Business and Operations Manager

Bianca Leal

Administrative Assistant

Art and Technology Team

Betsy Sharf


Josh Gray

Technology Specialist

Behavioral Health/SpED Team

Brenda Nixon

Instructional Specialist




Elizabeth Woodson

Instructional Specialist




Laquioa Palmore

Instructional Specialist

Lauren La Plante

Behavioral Health Director




Catherine Wilson

IS/Seeds and Testing Co-ordinator 

Tom Veloso

SpED Director

Dannese Prince

Instructional Specialist

Classsroom Teachers

Jennifer Quint

1st Grade Teacher

Ryan Stone

4th Grade Teacher


Genevieve Clark

2nd Grade Teacher


Kayla Haines

4th Grade Teacher


Rachel Albrecht

3rd Grade Teacher

Kerstin Groop

5th Grade Teacher

Sarah Wheels

3rd Grade Teacher

Campus Safety and Improvement

Douglas Simmons

School Safety




Elroy Styles

Recess Supervisor

John Jackson

School Custodian




Sabrina Young

Food Service Manager




Afterschool Program

Rogelio Navarez

BACR Director

Board of Directors

To reach the Board of Directors, please send an email to vaboard@vincentacademy.org.

Jean Driscoll

Board President, Adjunct Professor University of San Francisco

Debra Farb

Senior Consultant, Cardaronella Stiring Associate


Maisha Wilson

Board Treasurer, Director of Finance, Connor Group

Edward Huang

Director of Partnerships, New Classrooms Innovation Partners

Krystal Bowen

Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton LLP

Cathy Greenwold

Executive Vice President, TMG Partners

Our Approach

Vincent Academy offers a personalized program in an environment that is joyful and conducive to learning.

High Expectations

Vincent Academy implements a program specifically designed to foster high expectations. In explicit and implicit communications, students are given the message that it is effective effort that determines success. School staff intentionally convey the sense that student learning is of the utmost importance and is deserving of great attention and care.

Small Class Sizes

A small school with small class sizes ensures that each student receives the individualized attention needed to grow and develop optimally. Each student is viewed as a unique individual with particular learning needs and preferences.

Extended Hours and Support

A full-year program ensures that students are actively engaged to their learning throughout the entire year without the lengthy gaps where learning “slippage” can occur.  Vincent Academy is open 11 hours per day, with extended hours in the morning before school and in the evening after the day program has concluded, thus creating a “home away from home.” Academic support is built into the extended day program in the form of tutoring, enrichment classes and homework assistance.

Emotional Well-Being

Through explicit instruction, students develop emotional intelligence, conflict resolution and social skills, and the self-awareness necessary to play and work in harmony with others.  This contributes to a positive school climate that encourages academic and social learning.

Physical Well-Being

Finally, taking care of the physical wellbeing of students is important to maintaining a positive school culture that enables students to focus on learning. Healthy meals – breakfast, lunch and supper – are provided to Vincent Academy students through Revolution Foods.  Cooperative physical activities are emphasized during recess, in physical education classes, and through sports teams and the use of nearby community recreational facilities.

Family Support

Vincent Academy supports the child in the context of the family and provides a robust program of education and support for parents, including a family resource center, parenting classes, a financial education program and a health education program.


Our Board of Directors generally meets on the first Monday of the month, at 5:30 pm at Vincent Academy

Board Meeting Schedule

2020-2021 School Year

Work Plan

August 3


Balance Sheet

Cons Inc Statement

August 25

Special Minutes


Special Agenda

Spring CARS Report

Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan

Financial Docs

Accounts Receivable

Accounts Payable


September 14

8/25 Minutes

8/25 Special Minutes

20-21 LCP

Key Budget Assumptions

Enrollment PowerPoint

5 Year Projection

TACA Letter of Support

TA Letter of Support

September 21- Special Board Meeting

Board Resoultion

October 5

09/14/20 Minutes

09/21/20 Minutes

November 2

December 7

February 1

March 1

April 5

May 3

June 7

2019-2020 School Year

September 16

October 7

November 4 (Postponed to November 18)

December 2

February 3

February 19

March 9

April 6

May 11

June 1

June Packet

June Minutes

The Finance Committee generally meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 4:30 pm at Vincent Academy.  The Finance Committee does not meet in July and August.

Governance, Education Policy, and Audit Committees meet as needed throughout the year.

Key Vincent Academy Documents

Vincent Academy’s financials are audited annually by a Certified Public Accounting firm.

2018-2019 Financial Report

2017-2018 Financial Report

2016-2017 Financial Report

2015-2016 Financial Report

2013-14 Financial Report

2012-13 Financial Report

2011-12 Financial Report

The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a guiding document for all California public schools.

Year 1  2014-2015_VA_LCAP

Year 2  2015-2016_VA_LCAP

Year 3  2016-2017_VA_LCAP

Year 4 LCAP 2017-2018

Year 5  LCAP 2018.2019

Year 6 LCAP_2019

LCP 2020-2021

The 19/20EPA entitlement is $156,774 and was fully booked to certificated teacher salaries.

The 18/19 EPA entitlement is $339.331 and was fully booked to certificated teacher salaries.

The Vincent Academy charter petition was approved by the Oakland Unified School District in August 2010 and renewed in 2016.

Vincent Academy 2016 Charter Renewal Petition

Vincent Academy 2010 Charter Petition

School Accountability Report Card (SARC)

2018-2019 SARC

2017-2018 SARC

2016-2017 SARC

Educator Effectiveness Categorical Funds

2015-2016 Resolution


Vincent Academy Bylaws

2020-2021 Parent handbook final

Uniform Complaint Policy – -03.21.2019 – final

Employee Code of Conduct

Gender Equity Policy

Mathematics Placement Policy

Education Protection Account

Welness Policy -All stakeholders are
able to participate in the development, review, update, and
implementation of the Local School Wellness Policy. Please contact school office for more details.)