The Vanguard School
The Vanguard School Photo #2 - At The Vanguard School we cater to the whole student. Instructors adjust their level of support, and set the instructional level according to each student`s unique academic plan.
The Vanguard School Photo #3 - Average class sizes are 6-8 students and student-to-teacher ratios are 5:1.
The Vanguard School Photo #4 - Located in Lake Wales, Florida, students enjoy warm, tropical temperatures with blue skies all year round.
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.
The Vanguard School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 303 schools) for:
- Category Attribute
|Definition of Terms|
| 2021 School Data
|The Vanguard School||Boarding School Avg.|
|School Focus||College Prep||College Preparatory|
|Supports Learning Differences (LD)||Yes||Yes|
|Campus Size||77 acres||125 acres|
|Enrollment||125 students||300 students|
|% Students of Color|
|% International Students|
|% Students Boarding|
|Average SAT Score||n/a||* National Avg. »View|
|Average ACT score||21||*National Avg. » View|
|Offers Post-Grad Year||No||No|
Academics and Faculty
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
(blue jeans, khaki or solid navy shorts, and Vanguard polo)
|Average Class Size||9 students||12|
*National School Avg. » 20
|Student : Teacher Ratio||8:1||7:1|
|ESL Courses Offered||No||Yes|
|% Faculty with Advanced Degree|
|Summer Program Offered||Yes||Yes|
|Summer Program Cost||$6,000|
|Summer Program Details||Link to Summer Program Details|
|Endowment Size||$4 million||$25 million|
(5 Day Boarding)
|% Students on Financial Aid|
|Merit Scholarships Offered||No||No|
|Application Deadline||None / Rolling||Jan. 15|
|Accepts Standardized Application||No||No|
|Director of Admissions||Susi Vacek|
|# Interscholastic Sports Offered||10||16|
|Sports||Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball|
|Total Extracurricular Organizations||10||23|
|Extracurriculars||Club or Organization:|
Billiards, Cooking Club, Dance Team, Gamers' Club, Intramural Chess, Money Management, Movie Club
Recreational Athletic Programs:
Archery, Intramural Sports, Lady's Fitness
- 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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- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Grades: 9-12, PG| 1714 students 159.8 miles7400 San Jose Blvd.
Pre-K-12, PG (day)
Jacksonville, FL 32217
(904) 256-5030159.89-12, PG1714
Pre-K-12, PG (day)
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