We love this unique school! Kids are met where they are educationally and driven to excel. The first few years of any school can be rough, and now VCS is becoming it's vision. I love the curriculum especially Core knowledge!
From year to year, Vanguard has a massive turnover in staff. This is a red flag for any educational institution in my opinion. I believe this comes from the administrators' businesslike attitude versus one centered on the well-being of students and teachers alike. I had two children at this place, and for the life of me I could not understand how two men with business degrees and zero educational experience were "qualified" to run a school. Furthermore, there is no oversight of these two administrators by the corporate body that monitors this charter school. Basically, these two men run the school to maximize profit and nothing else. Indeed, Rob and Todd's answer to everything is to terminate teachers who they feel are "failing" the kids.
Vanguard is only in it's second year of operation (as of 9/2008), so it's current test scores are not an accurate reflection the school. After a great deal of research, I have found the curriculum VCS offers--Core Knowledge, Riggs, Singapore Math, and Character Development--is the strongest one available. With two teachers per classroom plus teacher assistants, students receive the individual attention they need. I have three children at VCS, and I am incredibly impressed with the quantity and quality of work being completed. It is a far cry from my experience in the highly-rated Cherry Creek Public Schools. VCS students are challenged every day, and the bar is set very high for academics and behavior. The administration, teachers, and support staff are the best. I'm a firm believer in VCS, and I'm excited to see this school grow.
My children love this school. The teachers are enthusiastic and truly care about the success of their students. The open communication between parents and not only teacers, but administration is a refreshing change from all the schools we have been through in the past. I encourage any parent looking for a content-rich, caring atmosphere for their child to tour this school and meet the staff personally.
Vanguard is a public charter school of choice. We offer a rigorous curriculum in an inclusive setting. Our students enter our building from all walks of life and share the joys and challenges of learning together. I am thrilled to be a part of this staff and the mission of Vanguard. ~Alison Stallcup, First Grade Teacher
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