The Vanguard School

22000 Hwy 27
Lake Wales, FL 33859
Tel: 863-676-6091
  • 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 
2016 School Data
The Vanguard School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 6-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1966 1910
Campus Size 77 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 110 students 300 students
% Students of Color
28%
20%
% International Students
28%
20%
% Students Boarding
85%
68%
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(khaki, navy, or blue jeans, solid navy or solid white polo or button up shirts)
Casual
Average Class Size 6 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:5 1:7
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
30%
70%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $4 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$47,200 $51,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$24,500 $28,200
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$41,200 $37,945
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
35%
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application No No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate
80%
57%
Director of AdmissionsCandi Medeiros
Associate Director of AdmissionsLiliana Marshall

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 7 14
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 12 23
ExtracurricularsBilliards, Cooking Club, Gamers' Club, Intramural Chess, Intramural Sports, Key Club, Lady's Fitness, Movie Club, Sewing Club, Shakespeare Club, Tennis, Wood Shop Club

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: Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Language Based Learning Disabilities
  • School accreditations: FCIS, SACS
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