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
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.: 23%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
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 www.vanguardschool-pa.org/vtc 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 Devon Preparatory School (2.5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Chesterbrook Academy (1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is The Children's School Of Cabrini College (1 miles away)
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