22000 Hwy 27
Lake Wales, FL 33859
The Vanguard School is a co-educational learning diverse boarding community for children in grades 6-12 since 1966.
Our campus provides a family-style community to engage and launch learners to higher educational opportunities and independent life.
The Vanguard School embraces students who have different learning styles and may have been diagnosed with dyslexia, executive function difficulties, attention deficits, or other language-based learning disabilities.
Vanguard's program is for learners on a wide spectrum of academic and social learning skills. We include twice-exceptional, average, and modified curriculum learners who support each other in the Vanguard community.
We provide core values to guide students in building their empathy, integrity, and sense of community. Students thrive from their acceptance and resilience as a result of the confidence they derive in leadership.
We offer a variety of arts, athletics, community service, dual enrollment, internships, and more for students to gain the necessary skills that will serve them lifelong.
Vanguard offers a safe and welcoming environment to support students who have been frustrated with their learning progress in other academic settings.
By helping to eliminate these frustrations Vanguard successfully provides its students opportunities for college placement and various other interests.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 6-12
  • Enrollment: 120 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $52,000
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $26,300
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Vanguard School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 298 schools) for:

Student Attention

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
The Vanguard School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
School Type
ADD/ADHD Support
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
77 acres
125 acres

Student Body

120 students
310 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average ACT score
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
School Uniform
Average Class Size
8 students
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$7 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
Summer Program Cost
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
(based on financial need)
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
Director of Admissions
Susi Vacek



Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club or Organization:
Anime Club, Cooking Club, Dance Team, Gamers' Club, Intramural Chess, Money Management, Movie Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Archery, Intramural Sports

School Notes

  • The Vanguard School serves diverse co-educational learners in 6th through 12th grades in sunny central Florida.  Our campus provides space for outdoor athletics (tennis, swimming, soccer, a running track) and leisure activities (fishing, canoeing, and more).  
  • Vanguard's mission is to support students who learn diversely and may be of high intelligence but low socialization, require more direct motivation, or students who learn best through applied knowledge.  Our students excel in small targeted education settings and utilize the targeted support in academics, self-confidence building, social and independence skills. Our safe and diverse environment is designed to build confidence, share cultures, create connections, and build a path that is individualized for each student. 
  • Our core value-based open mindset helps students gain empathy, leadership, and contribute to the community while shaping their journey forward. We prepare diverse learners to thrive in a diverse world.
  • The Vanguard School accreditations: FCIS
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Vanguard School cost?

The Vanguard School's tuition is approximately $52,000 for boarding students and $26,300 for day students.

What is the acceptance rate of The Vanguard School?

The acceptance rate of The Vanguard School is 85%, which is higher than the boarding school average of 58%.

What sports does The Vanguard School offer?

The Vanguard School offers 10 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Track and Field and Volleyball.

Does The Vanguard School offer a summer program?

Yes, The Vanguard School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What is The Vanguard School's ranking?

The Vanguard School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for High percentage of students on financial aid and Small average class sizes.

When is the application deadline for The Vanguard School?

The application deadline for The Vanguard School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 6-12
  • Enrollment: 120 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $52,000
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $26,300
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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