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The Vanguard School

Private | 5-12 | 120 students

Our school is best known for its individualized approach to learning.

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $91,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $660.

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 19, 2014

Wonderful education programs overall like Ridge and Polk state college. Dorms are not the best since left unsupervised and super overpriced. The money goes mainly to the president to get money to buy beauty products for knees, skirt and stockings to hide her knees when wearing skirt. Principal does a wonderful job with the school. They have wonderful teachers too but not a food speech services and cafeteria services. Food is not safe to eat
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 14, 2014

Our family highly recommends Vanguardl! Our child has Aspergers and we have seen a huge positive change this past year at Vanguard. The Principle, mentors, teachers and staff will go above and beyond day to day for your child. Social skills training is excellent. My child felt 100% accepted from day one and is having a fabulous time while getting the best education! Our child llives at the school as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2014

The Vanguard School is a co-educational boarding and day school for grades 5-PG that specializes in working with students with a variety of learning differences, attention issues, and high-functioning Autism. We offer small class sizes of generally 4-8 students, and spend a lot of time focusing on each individual student's needs. We use a lot of technology and accommodations in our classrooms for all of our students, and create custom learning plans to assist each student achieve his/her goals.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 10, 2014

Vanguard is not the worst but not the best. Academically the school is average. As for social life the girls at the school are beyond ratchet. The dorm life is quite a fun experience and you will make many great life long friends, the internet needs major improvement though.


Posted 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


Posted December 6, 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


Posted December 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 8, 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.


Posted July 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted November 7, 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


Posted March 3, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted January 1, 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


Posted 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 42%
Black 17% 23%
Hispanic 11% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
French
Korean
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:45 pm
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Some boarding, some day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • ABS
  • CEC
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special ed
  • Special education
  • Special eduction
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
120
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
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Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$20000 - $40000
Vouchers accepted
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Financial aid offered
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School-based aid
McKay Scholarship and Step Up for Students Scholarship
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22000 U.S. 27
Lake Wales, FL 33859
Phone: (863) 676-6091

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