The Vanguard School

22000 Highway 27
Lake Wales, FL 33859-0338
Tel: (863)676-6091
Grades: 6-12 | 86 students
The Vanguard School is an independent, co-educational, boarding and day school for students who learn differently.
Vanguard strives to ensure each student aspires to higher educational opportunities and independent life.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
Grades Offered Grades 6-12
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Dyslexia, Language-based, ADD, ADHD, Dysgraphia, Dyscalcula, Highly Independent Aspergers Students
Year Founded 1966

Student Body

Total Students 86 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 33%
Students by Grade The Vanguard School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 6 students
Advanced Courses Biology, English, Physics
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Khaki or navy pants/shorts, blue jeans allowed, navy or white collared shirts)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $46,000
Tuition Notes 2016-2017
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Candi Medeiros
Admissions Associate Liliana Marshall


Total Sports Offered 8 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WeightliftingBasketballCross Country,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Community Service Clubs, Cooking Club, Drama/Theater, Garage Band, Key Club, Paintball, Swimming, Woodshop Cooking Club, Drama/Theater, Garage Band, Key Club, Paintball, Swimming, Woodshop, Community Service Clubs,

School Notes

  • Individualized Learning Paths created for every child
  • Remedial and Dual Enrollment classes available
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School Reviews

Our son is just finishing up his first year of high school and has almost straight A's and absolutely loves this school. Huge improvement in academics, independence and Social Skills! Having mentors assigned play a huge part. Of course the Principal and teachers are terrific too! I would highly recommend Vanguard to any parent!
- Posted by Parent, 05/17/16

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The average private school tuition in Polk County, FL is $11,786 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Polk County, FL is 82% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).