Vanguard Preparatory School

Vanguard Preparatory School is the leading therapeutic school in the Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex with seven full-time clinicians, a clinical advisory board consisting of community leaders, and a commitment to collaborating with outside therapists, physicians, outpatient programs, residential treatment facilities, and most importantly, our families.
We serve students with learning differences, speech-language deficits, sensory needs, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, and other social and emotional disorders.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 103 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $25,000
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Difficulty organizing and expressing thoughts in writing (Disorder of Written Expression) Learning disability that affects handwriting/fine motor skills (Dysgraphia) Speech and Language Disorders Math reasoning/comprehension difficulties (Dyscalculia
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
103 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade
Vanguard Preparatory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
19 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
10 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
2023-2024 Tuition Rates * Lower School (Pre-K – 5th Grade): $25,000 Middle School (6th – 8th Grade): $26,000 High School (9th – 12th Grade): $27,200 Launch Transition Program: $5,000-$25,000 (based on level of need)Excluded from Tuition: Sport uniforms, spirit wear, afterschool care (optional) Momentous Institute Camp and Field Trips (required) *Enrollment Fee: $4,850 Re-Enrollment Fee: $1,250
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Patti Pickering
Admissions Associate
Becky Hodnett


Total Sports Offered
3 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
6 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Coding Club, Lego Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Drama Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:

School Notes

Vanguard Preparatory School was founded to address the needs of students experiencing academic, social, and emotional difficulties.

At Vanguard, we recognize that all students have unique potential and can achieve when given relevant learning tasks in an atmosphere where appropriate behaviors are practiced daily.

Therapeutic Approach
The cornerstone of Vanguard `s therapeutic program is our emphasis on the research-based method of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). We recognize that for many of our students, social skills and self-regulation are concepts that must be taught. While students may be book smart, they will not be successful in life without these relational skills. With the support of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), we provide every student with practical social-emotional competence assessments to benchmark not only their academic progress but social and emotional as well.

Our goal is to provide each student with the support to be a happy, productive and successful person. We accomplish this through a holistic and therapeutic educational approach with the following focus:
  • Actively teaching social skills necessary for productive relationships
  • Providing regular group therapy
  • Developing coping skills
  • Teaching problem solving
  • Setting consistent limits
  • Clearly communicating expectations clearly
  • Rewarding conscientious hard work and effort
  • Building character, personal responsibility, and accountability
  • Teaching conflict resolution
  • Encouraging self-discipline and responsibility for personal growth
  • Valuing attitude over aptitude
Vanguard's approach to education is inspired by several foundational beliefs:
  • We believe that social-emotional learning sets the stage for academic learning and success in other areas.
  • We believe that children who are intellectually engaged in learning are closer to developing behavior that will positively affect their future path.
  • We believe that what children learn in school should be reinforced at home, which is why Vanguard provides diverse educational opportunities for parents.
  • And finally, we believe in the power of difference. Vanguard is a place where very different students learn to accept and help one another, developing a mindset that will benefit them throughout their lives.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Vanguard Preparatory School cost?
Vanguard Preparatory School's tuition is approximately $25,000 for private students.
What sports does Vanguard Preparatory School offer?
Vanguard Preparatory School offers 3 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cheering and Volleyball.
When is the application deadline for Vanguard Preparatory School?
The application deadline for Vanguard Preparatory School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

I can't say enough positive things about Vanguard!! It was a game changer for our son with ADHD. Public school was completely failing him, academically, socially and emotionally. He was miserable and fought about going to school every day. Vanguard fills the gaps that we were left with in public school. We finally found a place where our son feels like he belongs and he is doing so good now! The teachers and the counselors at Vanguard really care about the students and their progress. The therapeutic environment is absolutely amazing for kids that need it. For the first time in our son's life, he actually likes going to school! Way to go Vanguard staff for the amazing job you do everyday!
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 103 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $25,000
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Dallas, TX is $13,880 for elementary schools and $18,491 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Dallas, TX is 74% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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