Vincent Smith School attempts to include as many and as wide a variety of extracurricular and enrichment activities as possible to help promote self-esteem and positive social experiences.
Each student participates in five clubs throughout the week. Students have a plethora of activities from which to choose:PSAT/SAT Math Review, PSAT/SAT English Review, yearbook, school newspaper, sports, art, knitting and crocheting, gardening, chess/checkers, beading, Jeopardy and United Nations Culture Club. Pay it Forward, gives students a chance to get involved in helping members of the community. By participating in Student Council, students learn basic government concepts as they represent fellow students and their school. The Self Advocacy and Mentoring Program (SAM) facilitates self-discovery and awareness, fosters self-acceptance and teaches self-advocacy skills. Many students at Vincent Smith School enjoy the writing process and do very well in the Poetry/Literary Magazine Club.
Day field trips are scheduled throughout the school year. Students are given opportunities for travel during school holidays and a week-end trip is planned each fall. Spirit week, the art show, field day, the sports award dinner, and student full-day workshops are among the activities that provide enrichment for our students. In addition, each year students participate in a community service program.
On the secondary level there is an interscholastic sports program involving competitive schedules in soccer, basketball and softball with nearby schools.
School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) Program
Students and staff at Vincent Smith School are participating in the School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) program, which refers to the application of positive behavioral interventions and systems to achieve socially important behavior change. SW-PBS is the integration of defined and valued outcomes; behavioral and biomedical science; research-validated practices; and systems change to both enhance the broad quality with which all students are living/learning and reduce problem behaviors.
Self-Advocacy and Mentoring (SAM) Program
The Vincent Smith School expanded its program offerings to include an innovative and extremely important initiative entitled, the Self-Advocacy and Mentoring (SAM) Program.
SAM has been designed and implemented to allow students to develop the necessary skills for communication, self-advocacy, autonomy, and the ability to access needed services and support. Students are participating in SAM every Thursday during their club period. The 45-minute sessions include various activities such as role playing, discussion and written exercises. Each group has no more than eight students.