About The Vanguard School

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.


The Vanguard School is a school of choice serving students in grades K-12 from across the Pikes Peak region.  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.

Thank you for visiting The Vanguard School website.

I think you’ll be excited about what you find here.  We’ve worked hard to make this a useful tool to learn about the fundamentals of our school as well as provide up-to-date information on all of the many happenings at Vanguard.

Please take time to look at our curricular program and how it is aligned from our College Kindergarten through our twelfth grade.  Our Core Knowledge Curriculum in our elementary school transitions smoothly through our junior high program into our classical liberal arts and sciences program in our high school.  We have high expectations of excellence in character and academic achievement for each of our students, and every year we see them grow more than we even anticipated.  The gains our students make over the course of their time here prepare them for admission to and success in the college of their choice, as well as for success in life.

We have a proven track record of the very highest levels of achievement due to our carefully selected curriculum, our focus on individual students, and an outstanding professional staff that is always looking for ways to improve.  In 2020, we will celebrate our 25th anniversary.  Last year’s graduates represented and honored our school through their many awards and accomplishments, including an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.  We’re very proud of our work in helping our students achieve these and many other accomplishments, including over $7 million in scholarships among the graduating class.

As you peruse this site, you’ll also find information about our many extra-curricular offerings at all levels of our school.  Our students learn teamwork, sportsmanship, and character, not to mention development of healthy social relationships with peers and adults in the process while enjoying these many offerings.  Please note the details on how to get your child involved in some of these sports, arts, and academic activities that are available to our students.

Finally, you’ll find the contact information for our staff members in case you have further interest or questions regarding the information provided on this site.  Any of these various staff members would be glad to assist you.

Thank you again for your interest in and support of The Vanguard School.  We’re excited to share the many outstanding accomplishments of our students and staff.

Mission, Vision, & Culture

The mission of The Vanguard School is to help guide students in development of their character and academic potential through academically rigorous, content-rich educational programs. Vanguard students develop lifelong habits of excellence in virtue and intellect allowing them to prosper as classically-educated individuals advancing a free society.  Our enduring nationally acclaimed program prepares graduates for advanced education, meaningful contributions to society, and a life of purpose.

The culture of The Vanguard School is one of excellence in all things with particular focus on excellence in virtue, academics, leadership, and civics.  This is achieved through continual self-examination with a focus on continuous improvement.  Students and teachers are proud to be at a school that provides a rigorous education and expects more effort and results than other schools. At The Vanguard School, students are proud to excel in the classroom, in extra-curricular activities, in community involvement, and in virtue.  Those who excel are acknowledged and celebrated while those who don’t are encouraged, pushed, and supported.

Our culture values every student and promotes fulfillment of The Vanguard School’s mission for every student.  It is the product of people and environment.  Toward that end, the people who comprise the staff are virtuous, educated in the classical liberal tradition, and committed to striving with others in pursuit of a high and noble purpose.  They possess an understanding of human experience that is a consequence of serious study in literature, history, and philosophy.  From this education, they understand each person’s potential for good and evil, and they strive to develop virtue in themselves and their students as they impart knowledge.  They recognize – and choose – what is good, true, and beautiful.  Together, these people endeavor to produce an environment that is serious, purposeful, academically-oriented, appropriately intellectual, and student-focused; one that is, at the same time, warm, supportive, and compassionate.

Those things that embody truth and beauty are hallmarks of the environment and readily discerned in the school.  In this environment, objective rights and wrongs exist, and our American patrimony is explained, embraced, and celebrated.  Ultimately, the school culture – the school’s environment and the people whose labors shape it – helps equip students to lead virtuous lives and achieve at the highest intellectual levels.  It is a beacon for students, their families, and the wider society; it serves, in the words of T. S. Eliot, as “the preface to our successors’ victory.”


The Vanguard School has open enrollment after the lottery.  All enrollment applications received prior to January 31 are included in the lottery which takes place the first business day in February.  This creates our wait list.

Yes.  Students complete placement tests.  These tests are not entrance exams; they are used to place each student in the appropriate level to ensure that children are appropriately challenged and successful.

The Vanguard School is a tuition-free, public charter school. There is a yearly student fee for all grades ($50.00 for half-day kindergarten, $100.00 for full-day kindergarten and grades 1-12) payable at the beginning of the school year, which covers individual student costs as well as costs associated with classroom supplies, textbooks, planners, etc.

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