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Vanguard High School

Public | 9-12 | 1761 students

 
 

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Posted September 16, 2012

i was a student at vanguard in 76 it is a great school i live in kentucky now i became a professional wrestler for 20 yrs and i still say it is a great school


Posted July 23, 2011

Our daughter just graduated from the IB program and I cannot say enough about how great the Vanguard experience was for her. We have a great appreciation for the amazing teachers and what they do. Thank you for all your hard work and inspiring these young people to think about their role in the world and just do their best to be good people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2008

My child just graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at this school. While some of the faculty and IB administration thought that my child was not IB caliber and perhaps should not complete the program, my child stuck it out. Now with IB diploma in hand, my child is headed off to a great college, well prepared and fortunately well rounded through involvement with the non IB students at VHS. Get involved and stay grounded with the entire experience offered at Vanguard and it will be worth your while.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2008

The staff and students at VHS has an unique relationship. They care about what happens to each other and families and has shown through their leadership that unity means a lot. Go Knights!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

Vanguard High is a wonderful school. I graduated in 2005 and feel I have learned a lot. VHS offers a lot of clubs, activites and wonderful programs for your students. IB is a great program, they also offer wonderful Honors and AP classes for those not in IB. If you are putting your child into Vanguard, make sure to get them involved in clubs. There are plenty of clubs they would love: WVHS, Band, Football, Cheerleading,Anchor,Pink ladies, Basketball and track the list goes on and on! Overall I had a great time at Vanguard and would go back in a heart beat!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 7, 2006

The most challenging program in Ocala (meaning the IB program)Excellent for kids whit desire for knowledge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

I feel Vanguard is geared for the student that is an honor type student or a student that is above average. It does not help those students that have special needs in: Reading or Math. Students that need additional help will suffer and get lost in the shuffle. I have had both types of students at this school. I have had 3 children at Vanguard. 2 of them were honor students and graduated with high honors. The third child had a reading level so low he could not get caught up and the help was just not their. Football was his love and because of his grades he could not play. The system is messed up for needy children. I have seen so many kids fail at this school. Vanguard is no place for those kids with low self-esteem or kids that need that extra push.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2005

If you're not in the IB program, its not worth it. Even in the IB program, the choices of courses to pick is very limited, eg - they make you take HL English and HL History, which is a difficult since my daughter is a math/science person. The extracirricular activities are mediocre at best and there is a significant lack of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2005

Vanguard: is not the nicest school in the area...actually its rather ugly. So, above all, what makes this school any good? Well, the IB program one thing, and the fact that it's hosted in a public school. That diplomma will get you in for free/BIG DISCOUNT in most of Florida's universities. Knowing that the IB is hosted in a public school assures you that the student will be around other students who are striving for an education by their own free will, even if it means going to an otherwise ugly high school!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 22, 2004

Vanguard is an overall great High School. I feel that my children are safe and learning while they are at Vanguard. At Vanguard your child will get to meet great people and have great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2004

I feel that this school needs alot of work. Some of the faculty do not have integrity and many show visible dislike of the inner-city youth.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 9, 2003

This school is a great school. My child went from almost failing in middle school to having nothing less than a 'B' average!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

415 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
57%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

385 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

396 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
83%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

469 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

320 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
54%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

383 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
66%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

426 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
61%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

270 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 53%
Black 26%
Hispanic 11%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 142%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 21%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 74%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%63%61%
Master's degree 31%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%1%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 10%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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7 Northwest 28th Street
Ocala, FL 34475
Phone: (352) 671-4900

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