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 
2017 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 Founded19661910
Campus Size77 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment110 students300 students
% Students of Color
28%
20%
% International Students
28%
20%
% Students Boarding
85%
66%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(khaki, navy, or blue jeans, solid navy or solid white polo or button up shirts)
Casual
Average Class Size6 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:51:7
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
30%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Endowment Size$4 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$47,200$52,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$24,500$28,270
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$41,200$37,945
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
36%
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
80%
57%
Director of AdmissionsCandi Medeiros
Associate Director of AdmissionsLiliana Marshall

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered714
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1223
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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