Our Program

The Vanguard School is a K-12 Colorado Springs charter school. Vanguard was founded in 1995 by several parents who were interested in a more rigorous curriculum, and it has continued to provide excellence in education in a safe, structured environment by adhering to the tenets of its founders.

Our K-6 school utilizes Direct Instruction and the Core Knowledge® curriculum to achieve student mastery. Students are taught in a fast paced, highly interactive, teacher-directed manner and are expected to learn specific facts and skills at each grade level. Our Junior High provides a transition between our elementary and high school programs that is focused on the unique needs of students in their pre-teen/early teen years. In our high school, students build upon their knowledge and develop critical thinking skills by taking honors and AP level classes that prepare them for college and beyond. The onus for student achievement is placed squarely on the school. There is a high level of accountability for teachers and other staff because we firmly believe that if the student has not learned, then the teacher has not taught.

Vanguard School CSAP Scores Compared with Colorado State Averages

  3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade 10th Grade
Reading Vanguard  98 92 93 91 91 96 100 100
State Average 73 65 69 71 67 67 66 65
Writing Vanguard 83 84 92 90 89 92 100 98
State Average 51 56 60 62 59 54 53 47
Math Vanguard 90 90 93 88 88 84 80 80
State Average 70 71 66 63 53 51 38 32
Science Vanguard     80     88   95
State Average     47     49   47

  11th Grade
Colorado ACT The Vanguard School 27.8
State Average 19.9

CSAP-TCAP History Through 2012-2013

Colorado students are assessed once a year in order to measure their performance on state academic content standards. Until 2011, Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment program (CSAP). In 2012, Colorado began using the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP). The chart below shows the percentage of Vanguard School students achieving Proficient or Advanced in the subject areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and science for all students tested.

Click On the Graphic to View the CSAP-TCAP History Data (Through 2012-2013).

CSAP-TCAP History Through 2012-2013