Since 1993, Vanguard Preparatory School has been serving students who are on the autistic spectrum, have ADHD, mood disorders, processing disorders, language disorders, social or emotional delays.
Vanguard is a special needs school that provides a therapeutic program with individualized instruction for each child from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. We also have a 18+ transitional program.
At Vanguard, we believe that all students have unique potential and will achieve when appropriate behavior is practiced daily in a caring and therapeutic environment.
For our students, success is measured by growth, attitude and effort.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
115 students
Student Body Type

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
16 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
Varies depending on grade level
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Patti Pickering
Admissions Associate
Becky Hodnett


Total Sports Offered
5 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
2 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Robotic Team

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 

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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