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 a wide spectrum of academic and social development learning scales. We include twice-exceptional, average, and modified curriculum learners who support each other in the Vanguard community.
We provide a structured program focusing on each student's capabilities in and out of the classroom and instill core values to guide students in motivation, engagement, and moral decision-making.
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 they may not have been able to achieve without the support and direction provided in this program.

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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 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 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment125 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
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)
Average Class Size9 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio8:17:1
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$6,000
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$4 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Acceptance Rate

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


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


Total Extracurricular Organizations1023
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Billiards, Cooking Club, Dance Team, Gamers' Club, Intramural Chess, Money Management, Movie Club

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

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, Social Connections, and Executive Functioning
  • The Vanguard School accreditations: FCIS, SACS

Profile last updated: 08/30/2021

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