The Vanguard School is an independent, co-educational, boarding and day school for children in grades 6-12 who learn differently.
We have been providing educational excellence to students who learn differently since 1966.
Our purpose is to provide a quality education to students and prepare them for post-secondary education and independent living.
Vanguard's program is for learners on an average to above average learning scale.
We provide a structured program which focuses on each students capabilities in and out of the classroom.
Vanguard offers an immense amount of support for students who have been frustrated with their learning in other academic settings.
By helping to eliminate these frustrations Vanguard successfully provides its students with new opportunities for college placement and various other interests they may not have been able to achieve without the support and direction provided in this program.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Students: 106 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $48,500
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia, Language-based, ADD, ADHD, Dysgraphia, Dyscalcula, Highly Independent Aspergers Students
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
106 students
Student Body Type
Students by Grade
The Vanguard School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
7-day boarding students for 2018-2019
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Candi Medeiros
Admissions Associate
Liliana Marshall
Endowment Size
$4 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
12 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Anime Club, Billiards, Community Service Clubs, Cooking Club, Equestrian Club, Gamers' Club, Intramural Chess, Key Club, Lady's Fitness, Wood Shop Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramural Sports, Tennis

School Notes

  • The Vanguard School provides opportunities for students to participate in sports including basketball, soccer, golf, cross country, tennis and volleyball. Vanguard is sanctioned by Florida High School Athletic Association and our courses are all NCAA approved. We have a student center, gymnasium, junior size olympic swimming pool and lake front access. Trips to Disney World, Legoland, Busch Gardens in Tampa, Sea World, MGM studios, Universal Studios and many other points of interest in Florida are all a popular part of the Vanguard experience.  
  • LD types supported: Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Language Based Learning Disabilities
  • School accreditations: FCIS, SACS

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
My son started in 6th grade and the experience has been amazing for him. Small class sizes, teachers care, making friends and many extra curricular activities.
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actually I am a grandparent who was anxious about our asperger grandson. I watched public schools just move him along. I watched his self esteem diminish. I feared he would need a basement to spend the rest of his life in...BUT Vanguard turned all of that around. He is thriving and has a future...and he plays tennis!! I'm not kidding! He got a four point the first semester he was there and those grades I trust..HE has friends and his self esteem has returned..and he has a lovely sense of humor!! thank you Vanguard school.....
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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!
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Students: 106 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $48,500
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Polk County, FL is $11,446 for elementary schools and $14,100 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Polk County, FL is 84% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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