The Vanguard School

22000 Hwy 27
Lake Wales, FL 33859
  • The Vanguard School is a co-educational, college-preparatory boarding and day school for children in grades 6-12.
  • We have been providing educational excellence to students who learn differently since 1966.
  • Our purpose is to provide a quality education to students and prepare them for post-secondary education and independent living.
  • 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 an average to above average learning scale.
  • We provide a structured program which focuses on each students capabilities in and out of the classroom.
  • Vanguard offers an immense amount of support for students who have been frustrated with their learning in other academic settings.
  • By helping to eliminate these frustrations Vanguard successfully provides its students with new opportunities for college placement and various other interests they may not have been able to achieve without the support and direction provided in this program.

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Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
The Vanguard SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered6-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19661907
Campus Size77 acres120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment117 students310 students
% Students of Color
25%
25%
% International Students
33%
20%
% Students Boarding
85%
70%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score21*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(blue jeans, khaki or solid navy shorts, and Vanguard polo)
Casual
Average Class Size8 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
30%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$6,800
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Finances

Endowment Size$4 million$22 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$49,000$58,260
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$25,500$30,000
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$43,000$43,260
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
38%
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
85%
57%
Director of AdmissionsSusi Vacek

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1016
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1324
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Billiards, Cooking Club, Dance Team, Gamers' Club, Intramural Chess, Money Management, Movie Club, Sewing Club, Wood Shop Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Archery, Intramural Sports, Lady's Fitness, Tennis

School Notes

  • The Vanguard School provides opportunities for students to participate in sports including basketball, soccer, golf, cross country, tennis and volleyball. Vanguard is sanctioned by Florida High School Athletic Association and our courses are all NCAA approved. We have a student center, gymnasium, junior size olympic swimming pool and lake front access. Trips to Disney World, Legoland, Busch Gardens in Tampa, Sea World, MGM studios, Universal Studios and many other points of interest in Florida are all a popular part of the Vanguard experience.  
  • LD types supported: High Functioning ASD, Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Language Based Learning Disabilities
  • The Vanguard School accreditations: FCIS, SACS
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    (727) 384-5500
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    MontverdeFL 34756
    (407) 469-2561
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    1300
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