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Vanguard Preparatory School

Private | PK-2, 4-12 | 150 students

We serve students on the autistic spectrum and many other disorders.

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $275,700. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,050.

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Posted July 18, 2014

When we came to Vanguard, we a boy who had just returned home from a treatment facility, who had little self-confidence, a shaky track record, and a negative attitude about school from all the stress, bullying, and inaccurate expectations of him. There are no words I m capable of producing to thank Vanguard for all they did. The kind, compassionate young man who will graduate from Vanguard is a far cry from the boy we brought and who was gladly welcomed with loving, open arms. The Director is a wonderful person smart, flexible, and caring. She built a wonderful school with an outstanding faculty to meet the highly specialized needs of our students our children. There is no way anyone can ever know and express the complete positive impact you make on each child s life, because the impact you make starts at Vanguard and carries on throughout your students entire lives. I thank you, your teachers, and your school from the bottom of my heart for all you ve done for our son and our family. He now has a future that is brighter than we would have ever dreamed of just 3 years ago. Thank you for caring and providing such a wonderful learning environment. God bless you,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2013

Vanguard Prep is committed to the success of the kids that enter its doors. The teachers and other staff are focused on providing the environment each student needs in order to achieve the very best outcome both emotionally and academically. Parent feedback is consistent and timely. The school was recommended to us as first rate -- and has lived up to and beyond the recommendation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

I AM RAISING MY 7 YR. OLD SPECIAL NEEDS GRANDCHILD. THIS WILL BE HIS 3RD YEAR AT VANGUARD. THEY WERE THERE FOR US WHEN HIS PREVIOUS SCHOOL DID NOT OFFER WHAT HE NEEDED. HE HAS COME SO FAR, SCHOOL YEAR 2014-15 HE WILL BE READY TO ADVANCE TO A REGULAR SCHOOL. SCHOOL HAS AFTER CARE, SUMMER CAMPS, SPECIAL AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS. MY GRANDSON LOVES THE SCHOOL AND HIS CLASSMATES. CONTACT THIS SCHOOL FOR YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS, THEY ARE THERE FOR YOU.


Posted July 17, 2013

On the brink of loosing all hope we found Vanguard through a former student. We weren't sure our son would fit in, but to our surprise he did nicely. We found the staff to be personable and caring.The one on one teaching was exactly what our son needed. Thank you Vanguard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2012

Vanguard is a school with very little teaacher experience. The point system used at this school is pointless. It does not teach the students anything at all. There is no clear punishments for students who are being inappropriate. The director just puts them in isolatioin and calls the school "a nurturing environment". The curriculum is just following outdated textbooks with no substance. The high school teachers are very helpful. There is a lack of organization with the school in general. The owner is not for the students. The tuition is too high and most of the time the curriculum consists of watching movies all the time. This school is a waste of money. The lower and middle school teachers just yell at the students consistantly. Curriculum does not exist here. Its just randomized. The teachers dont even meet for collaboration. This school is a complete joke. I can't believe its actually accredited.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2010

This school is designed for special needs kids. My son has attended Vanguard for 6 years and will likely graduate from the school in a few years. Although I have experienced some challenges with getting a few teachers to step up their game, the teachers have been very helpful and have done a good job. The school is top notch in buidling social skills, but average in education. I have found that the high school teachers are the best of the bunch for the more severly delayed kids, more so than other grade levels. Overall, the school has been very beneficial for our needs. Our friends, family, and neighbors have all commented about the pos difference in our son. We have a friend who has a son with a similar condition but attends public school. There's a world of difference between our son and theirs. The Vanguard education definitely shows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2010

Both my son (Aspergers) and his best friend (Bipolar) started and met and Vanguard in the 3rd grade and left for public school in 10th grade, Vanguard is good for younger kids but the High School academics were poor. In particular the teachers were young and immature. Both guys are 24 now and still best friends, but neither are capable of independent living or having a job --not sure where the success stats came from--we were not asked? They were good at positive/unrealistic parental support but that left me devastated that my really bright son is sits at home a hermit because he lacks emotional and social skills that I thought Vanguard would help him with. Can't say they would have been better off elsewhere but there is no miracle to be had at Vanguard or anywhere else,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

My step-daughter entered Vanguard mid-semester in the spring of her 7th grade year during a time of tremendous transition in her life. She was also struggling through the challenges of mild Dyslexia and ADHD and had not received the nurturing needed to combat the anxiety that stemmed from those conditions in her previous public school. The growth that she has experienced over the past year at Vanguard has been a transformational blessing! Her confidence and coping capabilities are awesome. Only because of Vaguard can we now begin to imagine college in her future. She may graduate from another school, but the only reason another school might be possible is because of the incredible environment the Vanguard founder and its teachers work so hard to create and maintain daily.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2010

Great for younger children with learning disorders. But for any high school student w/o a learning disorder it's terrible. If you want a school that is some what academically focused , that will help your child get into a colleague look else where. I was once a student there and i have learning disorders, but i wanted to get into colleague. I realized it was near impossible while attending vanguard. Any ways i will give it two stars because it is ok for younger children, and those with sever learning disorders. BTW go to there official website its a laugh. How can you trust a school when its website is completely full of lies. The pictures on the website are of random kids who have never graced the halls of vanguard.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2008

My daughter entered Vanguard in 6th grade with a diagnosis of Bi-Polar disorder. After several years previously of going through ARD's and IEP's and a failure in the public school district to address her specific needs, it was a huge relief to find a school where the teachers and staff 'got it'! This is a school which builds self-esteem and confidence for the child and where social skills, personal hygience and behavior modification are just as important as academics. My wife and I believe that our child can always address academics later. Key to getting the child to the point where they can learn is to address social skills, behavior and even personal hygiene/habits. Vanguard provided a great environment for these things to occur.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2007

A better choice for elementary age students who are 'learning different' as a result of Aspberger's, other learning disorders and mental illness such a bipolar. However, high school age students, esp. those w/o learning disorders are short-changed in the general level of teacher quality and curriculm goals particularly in the areas of math and science. A good place to get stabilized but for older students looking to mainstream into other schools or perhaps a small college with special programs, look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a former student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 31%
Black 2% 13%
Hispanic 1% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 88% (2012)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 6% (2012)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 6% (2012)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • USCA (2013)
  • USCA (2012)
  • USCA (2011)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
Clubs
  • Woodshop
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Therapeutic
Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Rosalind Funderburgh, M.Ed.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (972) 404-1641

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Montessori
  • Standards-based
  • Therapeutic
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Culinary

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Therapy, Speech and more
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Varies with school year

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Game club
  • Math club
  • Student council/government
  • Varies with year
  • Woodshop
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
More from this school
  • Since 1993, Vanguard Preparatory School has been serving students who are on the autistic spectrum, have ADHD, mood disorders, processing disorders, language disorders, social or emotional delays. We provide a therapeutic program with individualized instruction for each child from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade.
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1 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
35
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
575

What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 88%
Vocational - 6%
Workforce - 6%
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4240 Sigma Rd
Dallas, TX 75244
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Phone: (972) 404-1616

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