Students enrolled 764
Hours 7:55 AM - 3:15 PM
School leader Daryl Vriesenga
District Vanguard Charter Academy

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1620 52nd Street Southwest
Wyoming, MI 49519

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(616) 538-3630
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4 stars
Based on 36 ratings

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February 09, 2014
We currently have a 5th grader at Vanguard and have had three other children graduate from Vanguard. The teachers and administration go above and beyond to help their students succeed. They work with students who may be struggling and challenge those who may be working above grade level in certain subjects. Our children were very well prepared for High School when they left Vanguard. They entered HS academically above many in their grade and had been taught skills at Vanguard to help them succeed when faced with challenges!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
This is my first year as a Vanguard parent and I couldn't be more thrilled. My daughter is in kindergarten and her teacher has been amazing. We are thrilled with the challenges she's been given and wouldn't hesitate to suggest this school to those looking. My one complaint would be the class sizes - they're really not that much better than "traditional" public schools. However, I do understand that schools really don't have a choice in today's world - the costs keep rising and the funding keeps getting cut. All that to say, I don't hold that against Vanguard, just wish it could be different.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
Vanguard has been such a positive influence on our family. The staff is very caring and the children are treated as though the are the most important person in the world. We have had a wonderful experience!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
VCA has some of the best teachers we have ever encountered. They are making strides towards pushing the more advanced learners while providing extra help for those kids who need it.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2014
We have a 6th grader and Young Five student and could not be happier with our decision to attend Vanguard. The staff is so caring about the students and their families also. It's like a family here.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2014
My child has attended since Young Fives and is now in 4th grade. The teachers and staff welcome communication with parents and are willing to help out as much as possible, especially the 4th grade teachers. We are very happy here!

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2014
Our children switched from the Kentwood area to Vanguard and couldn't be happier. Our three children are learning more than ever and the teachers and staff are great. If a student is learning a little faster than others, the teachers notice and challenge them, which we love. We also love the system they have for picking up the kids in the afternoon.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
There are a lot of bullying problems here and the school fails to adequately address them. As a result, I do not trust the staff to keep my child and other children safe. The academics are pretty good. If they could get a good principle with strong leadership skills and an authoritative presence, I think a lot of the problems would be resolved.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2013
I went to this school from 3rd grade to 8th and a absolutely loved it. Going into Vanguard from a public school was the best choice ever, at my old school we were free to do what we want and turn in homework when ever. The teachers at Vanguard are amazing. Each teacher loves us all the same. We also do not tolerate bullying or physical harm. In 7th grade my wrist was slammed shut in my locker and even though the kid did not mean to hurt me he was still punished. Vanguard is a must go to school.

- submitted by a community member
May 02, 2013
Vanguard has one of the best selection of teachers I have ever worked with. They always keep me informed on what is going on in the class and how my child is doing. They are always willing to talk and help when one of my children has struggled in an area. I love helping out when I can because I hear how much they appreciate the help. Vanguard is always willing to help families who need it and that says a lot about the staff and families of Vanguard!

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2012
Could do better academically and administratively. Prinipal does not address bullying issues and a few children were physically hurt while my child attended the school and nothing was done to the child who caused the injuries (one was a broken arm!). Academically they cater to the lower achievers and minimal attention is given to the accelerated learners. They are regulated to extra work in the hallway. Some excellant teachers do teach at this school but a majority are mediorcre at best. Disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
The middle school staff is less receptive than the elementary, but they may feel that they need less parent particiaption than the younger grades. I appreciate the efforts, and the attitudes of most of the staff, especially the principals!!! Vanguard is a MUST, if you want your children to be well-loved and value-driven!!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2010
Parental involvement along with concerned staff makes Vanguard Charter and wonderful school. I considered private school but it was financially impossible. I was fortunate enough to find NHA as a alternative that is not a sacrifice.

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October 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
My daughter has been going to this school since kindergarten and will be in 8th grade this coming year. I absoulutely love it!

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April 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2009
I have two children who have been attending Vanguard for 3 years now. My oldest went to a local public school and experienced bullying and the principal, as well as the superintendent wouldn't attend to the issue. There is NO such situation at Vanguard. Its just education at its finest. The staff is great. I love going to the conferences and them giving me pointers to help my children at home, which in turn helps the kids achieve the best quality education possible. They believe in communication and that is one thing I love to have with the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2009
I am a mother who researched many area sshools before deciding upon VGC. I came to the open house with a yellow pad filled with questions. The staff answered each one to my satisfaction and relief. I left feeling impressed with the school and my husband decided then and there that we would be on their waiting list even if it took a year. He knew in his heart that this school was where our son needed to be. HE WAS RIGHT! The credentials of the staff are most impressive and the people in all areas of the school are kind and considerate to our son and ourselves. We made a great choice and are thrilled our 2nd son attends here too! We have so many features and qualities of a Christian school without all the fees that a family is required to pay. We feel very grateful for VGC!

- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2008
I went to Vanguard for 9 years, and I loved it. I really enjoyed going to middle school at Vanguard, because I became such good friends with the whold class, now, as a junior in high schol, I have friends all over in different high schools that I still talk to. When I transferred into the local public high school, I was able to make friends easily, as well as stay friends with some of the others in my graduating class that went to the same school as me. I aslo found that I was weel ahead of the other students in many subject areas, especially English.

- submitted by a student
December 05, 2008
I am EXTREMELY impressed with Vanguard Charter Academy. Finally got my child into this school and there is a huge difference from this school compared to the previous public school she went to for the past two years. I work in a school district and based on all the knowledge I have about how a school system works, Vanguard impresses me. All public schools have their problems, but I wouldn't have her anywhere else within the Kent County School district. Only con I have at this point is the lack of teaching Spanish (which they do at Cross Creek Charter Academy) and recreational activities after school.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2008
We just had Parent Teacher Conferences. I was so impressed with the details the teachers had about my children. We worked on a plan together to help my children improve their abilities during the school day. The teachers are genuine.

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November 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2008
This school has the usual problems plus a few more: the parking lot situation is ridiculous, the middle school teachers are always changing, all the talk about moral virtues is just talk, the administrators are pretty uninspired, and the focus of teaching is geared towards the slow students. So, welcome to a public school. The class size right now is quite full (almost crowded). There really are some great teachers, but it is a pretty average school overall.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2008
The school rocks, the teaching is excellent. The all around teachers knowledge and/or experience with special education laws or kids, is lacking. The principal as well.

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September 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 19, 2008
Sept 2008, Very impressed with Vanguard, my kids love it. Love the fact that they have sibling priority. and my son loves that they have lunch in their class room.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2008
I'm really pleased with this school. I did allot of research and visited different schools before choosing Vanguard. My son just finished 1st grade and is looking forward to being a second grader. They do leveled reading groups which was nice for him, since he's been reading since preschool. The communication between home and school is great. You can see test scores and other information plus e-mail teachers at the schools website. I've always gotten quick responses when I've had concerns. When compared to the other schools in Wyoming, nothing seemed to come close to Vanguard. The only real bummer is that you have to provide your own transportation, but it's worth it. Your child has to be put onto a waiting list to get in, so don't wait to check it out!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 2008
I LOVE Vanguard Charter. My boys are doing great in school. The teachers care about the students. Parents have every opportunity to volunteer and be involved. I appreciate the moral focus. I like the fact that the rules are firm and they stress following them.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2008
My 2nd grader is doing very well at Vanguard. I've been pleased with the communication between staff and parents. Fairly strict - but I like that. No uniforms which I also like.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2007
it's ok teachers strictor than public and expect a lot more out of you

- submitted by a student
September 27, 2007
Excellent all around! God Bless Em!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
The academic level is pretty high at Vanguard. The teachers seem to have positive attitudes about teaching. Music, art & sports are a bit limited. Right now (fall 2007) there is a transition with a new Principal and Vice Principal and lots of new middle school teachers. The middle school program doesn't seem as solid as the elementary program. The middle school may be hurt with kids leaving for their next school district in high school.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2006
Vanguard has been a blessing to my child and our family. This is my son's first year there, starting in 6th grade although its a K-8 school. The teachers are happy to be there, not there just because they have tenure. They teach up to the kids expecting them to succeed, rather than down to them because they 'know' the kids will never 'get it' as was my experience at my son's elementary school. School starts at 8:15 and at 8:15 the students are either in their seats already participating with instruction or going to an assembly, as there is a monthly 'Virtue' and moral focus is part of the curriculam. The teachers cannot get tenure so they only keep there jobs like the rest of us...By doing it. There aren't a lot of extracurricular activities but while in school the emphasis and enviornment is on learing.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
January 20, 2005
Vanguard has been wonderful. We were having difficulties with home schooling our children. Vanguard was recommendedto us in 1998 our daughter started in Kindergarden our son in First Grade. Now they are in seventh and eighth the Teachers and Staff work together great. My Kids have a 3.5 G.P.A. and are involved in many extracirricular activities, Cheerleading, Basketball, and Drama. We cannot say enough about Vanguards Teachers and Staff What an Awesome School! My kids hate snow days they would rather be at school. Parents are encouraged to get and stay invovled.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2005
Vanguard is wonderful! I came across the school by chance because it was near our work and daycare. I didn't have any terrible experiences with other schools, but I would have never known things can be so much better. At Vanguard, everyone is on the same page. You don't have all sorts of teachers off, 'doing there own thing'. In many other schools I have visited (in my own teaching career), this is what happens. There begins to be such a disconnect, not only between parents and teachers, but among the teachers and staff as well. In my experience, this lack of organization and clarity of overall goals, is much of the root of the problem in todays schools. Check it out-you'll see how much better teaching and learning can be delivered.

- submitted by a parent
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Vanguard Charter Academy
1620 52nd Street Southwest, Wyoming, MI  49519
(616) 538-3630
Last modified Vanguard Charter Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Vanguard Charter Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top