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Lake Wales, FL
Students enrolled: 120
Before care: No
After care: No

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22000 U.S. 27
Lake Wales, FL 33859

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(863) 676-6091
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April 09, 2015
I am not too impressed with Vanguard social life, but one good thing that it has good academic. My son reading skills improved so much by the time he reached his senior year and he was offered to take higher math courses by junior year in Polk State College. His ACT in Math improved from 26 to 29, Reading 15 to 21, and English 14 to 19. His Composite was 22. The teacher, school transportation staff, principal are nice and plus the Kowolski program helped improved him socially better than the speech pathologist. On the other hand, dorms are terrible, they are untrained and students do whatever they want like smoke, go into the woods 10 at night. Also, the cafeteria food is disguting according to my son, he said there is hair in the food and undercooked. The Speech Pathologist is terrible, she annoys students and pesters students. She needs to be replaced by Kowolski. Other suggestion is the add reading specialist program, dual enrollment, and other things.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2015
Worst school to ever enroll your child in. Unsafe environment , bad teaching, bullying staff and much more.

- submitted by a community member
January 23, 2015
Our son has just finished two years in The Vanguard School of Lake Wales and has grown so much both academically and in his personal life during this time. We highly recommend this school! The principal, teachers, mentors and all the staff are the best you will find. B&D

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
Our son is just finishing up his first year of high school and has almost straight A's and absolutely loves this school. Huge improvement in Social Skills! Having mentors assigned play a huge part. Of course the Principal and teachers are terrific too! I would highly recommend Vanguard to any parent!

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2014
Good classes and education provided for targeting specific disabilities. Vanguard helped students with problems in math, reading, and everything else. They helped students go ahead by doing dual enrollment or AP. More AP courses should be added. The tutoring programs should be added also and but overall education terrific. Dorms are unfortunately not so good. They are left unsupervised, cafeteria food is not safe by having hair in food, and terrible speech pathologists there and should have Kowolski instead. Speech pathologists humiliates students and not helpful to students at all. Teachers and principal are wonderful. The only staff that is not good is the speech pathologist and the dorm staff.

- submitted by a teacher
December 10, 2013
My son is new at Vanguard this year. When he came home on Thanksgiving break he raved about the school and that he couldn't wait to go back. He even said their food was better than mine.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2013
We had our Son attend The Vanguard School last year. After a few months, we started to become skeptical of their academics and grades our Son was receiving. Ironically... He was receiving all A's at Vanguard. When our son returned home and went to his regular school, he was TOTALLY unprepared. It is almost as if The Vanguard School inflates grades to make Students and Parents happy. Recently... we have reached out to other parents and they had similar experiences. Bottom line... is our Son is worse off now after attending this institution.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2013
My child did not get into drugs, but I heard they are abundant. Dorm parents are untrained and the lack of supervision is disgraceful. I have seen physical fights break out in front of staff. I am sad Vanguard not live up to our hopes, but glad I was able to see what was truly going on before more damage was done. In all fairness, much of the staff is caring, but it can not make up for the dorm life and the mistrust of administration. Parents need to feel that their children are safe, above all else.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2013
Great school, super teachers...we felt sad leaving our son but he Loves Vanguard and the staff communicate with us almost daily. We are a thousand miles way and this a blessing for our family. Having a happy son who loves school is a dream come true!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
The Vanguard School has provided a wonderful environment and great education for our son. Everytime I have visited the school whether announced or unannounced, I have seen students and staff working together as a team. Our son began at Vanguard with no self esteem, having been bullied terribly at his last school, and with no ambition to go to class. Vanguard got him motivated and showed him a caring environment where he has flourised academically and with his peers. I would highly recommend Vanguard to any parent!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
Vanguard School is the best place where our children can develop not only their knowledge, but their leadership skills through multiple and varied opportunities to practice them and transfer those skills to the real world after high school. The love and care students receive can not be measured- students thrive in this atmosphere.

- submitted by a community member
July 08, 2013
This school is where our son learned to do drugs and drink. If you have a child here, PLEASE, take our advice and get him/her out, FAST!! Here are a few words that describe this school... unsupervised, drug infested, untrained dorm staff, the kids are not held accountable, money hungry... This is the WORST experience we've ever had with a school!! Save your time, money and resources!!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2013
I don't understand why Greats schools keeps removing my post,it was very similiar to the Nov 7th post. Let the people know what they are getting into. My son returned from this so called school worse than before,no supervision,Drugs,staff sleeps while kids leave the campus grounds and go in each other rooms,my son learned to smoke without fear. staff and administration are inconsistent and constantly give false promises to parents.Keep the IVY league money this school lost in the bank.Keep your kid home and pay less than half the money for tutoring and counseling.You will be sorry.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2012
Descriptive terms regarding Vanguard School in Lake Wales, FL Dangerous, Unhealthy, Drugs, Minimal Supervision, NOT consistent, Manipulates parents, No respect for teachers or other students, untrained dorm staff, Unsafe. You have been warned. This school put my son back several years.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2012
This is my first year at Vanguard. I agree with the not-so-good reviews on my school. However, since the beginning of February, our new principal has undertaken the enormous task of bringing "law and order" back to the campus. Already several rules that have been left unenforced for years are being enforced. There is a long way to go but, hopefully, the school will be better next year. -Student

- submitted by a community member
May 21, 2011
While I do not have a child attending this school I can state, with first -hand experience and without reservation, that the opportunity of being a part of a child s educational and emotional progression is a blessing and a challenge. I do know one of the teachers very well. Her credentials, experience and background are extremely well suited for the high level of compassion, integrity and stewardship required for today s youth. She would not be at Vanguard if she felt their core values were not consistent with hers.

- submitted by a community member
March 27, 2011
The way people express the vanguard school is completely wrong. 1st off if you send your kids there and they do wrong isn't that your fault for not teaching your kid wrong from right. Then if it is a boarding school and your kid misses classes you blame your kid not the school. Once again your not a good parent if your child decides to do wrong. I attend the vanguard school. I attend classes and play sports. My grade point average went from a 2.7 to a 3.8. If your kid is dedicated and concentrated the vanguard school offers a unliminated varieties of greatness. So just because your kid chooses to screw off you cant blame the school for your mistakes as a parent. Oh and my act went from a 9 to 20 in one year

- submitted by a community member
January 01, 2011
I could not get my son out of this school fast enough. I lost an entire semesters tuition $24,000 which the school would not return by leaving in December, despite my child getting hooked on drugs at the school, missing 1/3 of the classes (at a boarding school!!!!) and having his entire personality change for the worse. He is back to his old self now, one year later and I don't regret losing the $24,000 for the time paid for but not attended as much as the year lost of his education. My personal educational consultant and myself have kept at least 10 families from sending their child there so I consider the lost tuition money well spent if it adds validity to my position in discussions with potential students of the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2010
horrible teachers make fun of students not being in a real school principal means well, doesn't deliver and the president can't be trusted at all stab you and your kid in the back , no sense of true justice just witch hunts get out or stay out if you can, or you'll be sorry horrible supervision, not nice to the kids at all, whish i could really give the scoop but don't want more trouble

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2010
NEVER send your child to this dangerous camp for no supervision and calling it a school. They learn street smart tools to take home and staff baby sit while students play. STAY AWAY please.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2010
When I say teacher quality is poor, it is not the quality of the individual teachers, rather the quantity of those teachers. Classroom sizes are promised to be no more than 8, yet my child tells me there are 13 students in her class. Principal leadership includes all of the school's leadership. Promises are made and broken on a regular basis without regard. I have been lied to on several occasions about all kinds of things including where my child is). The dorms are a disaster. When I was visiting one afternoon, there was music blaring shaking the walls and I think it was still during class time. My kid even told me that her friend went off campus with a stranger and did not know she was gone until she ended up in a accident. Across the street is some kind of low income apartments where the kids get drugs.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2010
I am parent of a current Vanguard student. As I was reading the negative comments on here I thought to myself "who are these parents and what school are they talking about?" The one writier was correct, they must be a very small few who has it out for Vanguard. Vanguard has been a blessing for me child. Before my child came to Vanguard they were failing, afraid to go to school and didn't participate in any extra curricular activities for fear of being bullied and made fun of. My child never knew what is was like to have friends or be on a team. Now at Vanguard they have friends, play sports and is getting ready to apply for college. I honestly don't know where we would be without Vanguard.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 14, 2009
This school is wonderful! My daughter was diagnosed with a learning disability 'not otherwise specified' and nobody seemed able to help her. She is now happy and confident because the teachers and staff at Vanguard take the time to teach her the way she needs to learn.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2009
I loved the school--I am in college now and I am there because of Vanguard staff--best school ever!!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating April 18, 2009
This school has a great reputation and has done wonders for my son. He was so frustrated we tried many schools and Vanguard has been a blessing. He is set to graduate after 3 years there--invest in education. ADHD students can be succesful

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 11, 2008
This school is incredible. My son hated school and this school took the time to find his interests and involove them in the learning process.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2008
The individual attention afforded my child at this school is unlike any I have every seen. A top notch organization.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2008
Lots of individual attention--my child hated school and now is excelling. I am thrilled. Great changes!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 20, 2005
The individual attention is what got us to get our daughter into Vanguard. On a scale of 1-10 I would give the school an 8. Two issues are technology support for student's laptops (which are a requirement)--for which they have finally hired someone, and whether the school is providing the life skills needed for when kids graduate. We'll know more in a few years. I will say that my daughter says high school is tough, but she also likes the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
this is one of the worst schools iv ever sent my child to....

- submitted by a parent

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The Vanguard School
22000 U.S. 27, Lake Wales, FL  33859
(863) 676-6091
Last modified The Vanguard School is a Private school that serves grades 5-12
The Vanguard School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top