About Us

 
The Vanguard School is a school of choice serving students in grades K-12 from across the Pikes Peak region.  Founded in 1995 by several parents interested in a more rigorous academic curriculum and character education, Vanguard continues to provide excellence in education in a safe, structured environment by adhering to its mission statement.
 
All of our teachers are highly qualified and committed to excellence in education.  Teachers utilize Direct Instruction coupled with a Core Knowledge curriculum to achieve student mastery.  Teachers use a classroom management approach based on the CHAMP’s model to encourage positive, respectful, on-task behavior from all students.
 
The Vanguard School is chartered under Cheyenne Mountain School District 12.  As a District 12 school, residents of Cheyenne Mountain District 12 have priority to attend Vanguard in kindergarten through grade 12.  District 12 students account for approximately twenty percent of Vanguard’s student population.  The remaining students are from fourteen other school districts in the Pikes Peak region.  Enrollment is determined by a lottery system which occurs annually on February 1.

The more than 1,300 students in grades K-12 represent a broad spectrum of the surrounding Pikes Peak region.  Currently, sixteen percent of The Vanguard School student population qualifies for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program.  This is in contrast to ten percent in our chartering district.  The ethnicity of Vanguard students is as follows:
                            
Indian/Alaska Native .5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6%
Black (Not Hispanic) 3.5%
Hispanic 22%
White (Not Hispanic) 60%
Other 8%
   
The Corona Campus location, with students based in grades 4-12, is a twenty-one acre site four blocks from the existing elementary school campus (Wahsatch).  The high school offers a rigorous, classically based, college preparatory curriculum.  Our high school offers numerous honors and advanced placement classes that are available to enrolled students.
 
The Vanguard School is led by the executive director.  A building principal heads up the elementary program, and four assistant principals conduct daily operations of the programs for grades K-6, 7-8, and 9-12.  A five-member governing board sets policy and the vision for the school and oversees school operations.  The board is comprised of at least four parents and up to one community member.