Vanguard School

1777 N. Valley Road (Mailing address: PO Box 730, Paoli, PA 19301),
Malvern, PA, 19355-0193
Tel: (610)296-6700
Grades: NS - 12 | 260 students
The Vanguard School, for students ages 5-18, and the Vanguard Transition Center, for ages 18-21, serve young people with exceptionalities including autism spectrum disorders, neurological impairment and related social-emotional difficulties.
The School provides comprehensive special education services with a unique focus on the individual student and his or her readiness for life.
Classes are small, individualized and flexibly grouped.
The Vanguard Transition Center extends Vanguard’s learning-for-life philosophy and offers students ages 18-21 support as they pursue post-secondary education, career development or vocational and life skills.
Students receive continuing education, counseling, self-advocacy training, therapies and career experience.
Vanguard’s innovative K-12 and post-secondary education has resulted in measurable success for graduates.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool - 12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Autism Spectrum Disorders, Neurological Impairment, related social-emotional difficulties
Year Founded 1959

Student Body

Total Students 260 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 14%
State avg.: 20%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Admissions Director Peg Osborne

School Notes:

    • The Vanguard School serves students ages 5-18
    • The Vanguard Transition Center offers young adults ages 18-21 opportunities for post-secondary education, career development, and social and life skills development. See for more information.
    • Dedicated, highly-trained, credentialed staff
    • Public or private pay for approved students
    • Extended School Year (ESY) available to eligible students

    Profile last updated: 10/07/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Devereux Mapleton Schools (0 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Devereux Mapleton Schools (0 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Willistown Country Day School-malvern Montessori (0 miles away)
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