7-12 Athletics

School Athletics at The Vanguard School


At The Vanguard School, we believe that the opportunity for participation in a variety of athletic and activities programs is a vital part of a student’s educational experiences. Such participation is a privilege that carries with it responsibilities to the school, the activity, other students, and the athletes themselves. The Vanguard School has been a CHSAA (Colorado High School Activities Association) member since January 2008. We are a Class 3A school, competing in the Tri-Peaks League.

Our coaches are central to supporting The Vanguard School’s commitment to character education. Coaches capitalize on teaching moments and integrate character education through their example and verbal reinforcements. Our coaches are role models, who are always available to help Vanguard students grow in both their chosen athletic program and as virtuous leaders.

Our athletic program and activities are a supplement to the school’s academically rigorous curriculum. These programs and activities strive to provide experiences that will help students develop physically, mentally, socially and emotionally.

Physical Development

School athletics are naturally going to help students develop healthy physical habits, as all of our programs are physically intensive. By choosing to play a physical sport like soccer, boys and girls are able to maintain healthy eating habits, and often learn how to prepare their own healthy meals as a result.

Mental Development

For mental development, students learn strategies and previous skills to get better at their chosen sports. For high school football or basketball, the inherent strategy in learning the game and testing out new plays challenges the students thinking process. School athletics are also known to help improve academic performance and students have less overall absences from school.

Social Development

Younger students must learn how to work as a member of a team, and older students hone their team communication skills through an athletic program. Coaches are large sources of social development as well: students have an alternative person in their life, apart from their parents and teachers, who they can go to for advice or help. Younger students learn how to work with an authority figure that is not related to them, and older students learn to work with a mentor that they likely look up to.

Emotional Development

Athletics are emotional for all involved: students, coaches, parents, siblings, etc. Students learn through successes and failures their physical limits, and by participating in competitions, how to be team players. School athletics are challenging and difficult: your student will be forever impacted by how much they love their sport or sports.

For your student, participation in school athletics, such as basketball or soccer, is an excellent college application builder as well. Colleges pay attention to students who excel in both academics and athletics, and there are even scholarship opportunities available.