Vanguard Academics

The Vanguard School uses a classical, liberal arts curriculum based on the Hillsdale Academy Model and designed to give all students the solid academic grounding required for success as an adult.  Our core curriculum is designed to ensure that all students have met or exceeded the Colorado Commission on Higher Education's admission standards to Colorado colleges and universities for 2010, the year of our first graduating class.
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Students are required to take a college-preparatory course of study consisting of at least four years of English, four years of math, four years of history, three years of science, three years of the same world language, and at least one year of Latin.  English classes are coordinated with history courses to provide a synergy between these two subjects.  Latin is used to create a classical grounding and to provide additional support for literary skills.  In support of this rigorous academic load, students have study hall time to connect with teachers to receive extra support.  Each student is assigned a mentor to track his progress and assist in planning for the future.



Vanguard School Curriculum Guide and Course Descriptions Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) Format (Updated: June 2018)
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The Vanguard School's Graduation Requirements
46 Credits (1 credit = 1 semester; 2 credits = 1 year)
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(See Curriculum Guide/Course Descriptions above for more information.)

Subject/
Credits Required
 Grade 9
Sem 1
Grade 9
Sem 2
Grade 10
Sem 1
Grade 10
Sem 2
Grade 11
Sem 1
Grade 11
Sem 2 
Grade 12
Sem 1
Grade 12
Sem 2
English
 8 Credits
Classical
Literature/
Composition
Classical
Literature/
Composition 
European
Literature/
Composition 
European
Literature/
Composition 
American
Literature/
Composition
(or AP) 
American
Literature/
Composition
(or AP)
 British
Literature/
Composition
(or AP)
 British
Literature/
Composition
(or AP)
History
8 Credits
Classical
World
Classical
World
European
History
(or AP)
European
History
(or AP)
U.S. History
(or AP)
U.S. History
(or AP) 
 U.S. Government
(or AP)
 Micro-
Economics
(or AP)
Mathematics
8 Credits1
 Algebra I Algebra I Algebra II Algebra II Geometry Geometry Math
 Elective5
Math
Elective
(Note 5)
Science
6 Credits
Biology
(or AP) 
Biology
(or AP)
Chemistry
(or AP)
Chemistry
(or AP)
Physics
(or AP)
Physics
(or AP)
Note3 Note3
Language
6 Credits2
Latin I  Latin I Latin II,
Spanish I, or
German I
Latin II,
Spanish I, or
German I
Latin III,
Spanish II, or
German II
Latin III,
Spanish II, or
German II
Latin IV, 
Spanish III, or
German II
Latin IV,
Spanish III, or
German III
 P.E. - 2 Credits
Fine Arts - 2 Credits
P.E. P.E. Music
History4
Art
History4
n/a n/a n/a n/a 
 Electives
6 Credits
 Varies  Varies  Varies  Varies Varies  Varies Varies  Varies
1Multiple math tracks are available.  Only the most basic track is shown.
2Six credits of the same language (Latin, Spanish, or German) are required.
3A minimum of five (5) courses besides study hall must be taken each semester regardless of whether graduation requirements have been met.
4Art History and Music History may be taken any year (10th-12th) and are requirements for graduation.
5Statistics, Pre-calculus, or higher-level fourth year of math.


ASSESSMENTS (As Appropriate):
Grade 9: CMAS, PARCC
Grade 10: PSAT 10 (State mandated)
Grade 11: PSAT, SAT (State mandated), AP, CMAS
Grade 12: SAT, ACT, AP


**Footnotes:
   
- History and English are coordinated as advantageous.
    - World geography, political systems, and economic systems are integrated into history.
    - Fast-track Math I students take Algebra 2 in 8th grade.
    - Debate, forensics, and logic are integrated into English.
    - An official school sport may be substituted for one semester of required physical education credit.
    - All testing assessments are as appropriate to students' goals and needs.