Student Success at The Vanguard School

Student success stories posing for a photo at the Vanguard School in Colorado Springs

While academic achievement plays a significant role in preparing a student for college, The Vanguard School focuses on the development of the whole student, based on the values of virtue and wisdom.  By fostering a well-rounded approach to education, The Vanguard School produces students who not only graduate with the ability to further their academic goals, but also feel prepared to live a full life, enriched by culture, the arts, and athletics, to name a few. Below are examples of how students at The Vanguard School excel in a variety of subjects and focus areas.  This achievement among  students is just one of the reasons Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks The Vanguard School as one of the top schools in Colorado and the nation.

Academic Achievement

For the 2018-2019 school year, The Vanguard School High School, Junior High, and Elementary earned the Colorado State Board of Education’s John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.  The high school also received the Colorado State Board of Education Award for Academic Growth.

Fine Arts

Two Vanguard students earned a spot at this year’s All-State Choir, bringing our total students selected for this honor to thirty-one in the past ten years. The Vanguard School Singers were selected to perform at the 2017 and 2018 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference. Art students at The Vanguard School have excelled in recent art competitions and exhibitions in the area, bringing home several awards for The Vanguard School.

Vanguard Students in Paris France

student fine art at the vanguard school

Cultural Enrichment

Students continually find opportunities to excel in areas of cultural enrichment through our foreign language and travel abroad programs.


Last year, The Vanguard School art students won two National Gold Medals for Self-Portraits, ten gold key awards, and two silver keys at the Colorado Scholastic Art Awards.  The Vanguard School art students also won seventeen awards at the Congressional Competition and the Young Peoples Art Exhibition.

High School Athletics

The 2018 boys basketball team finished 21-3 overall (11-0 Tri-Peaks League Champions) and advanced to the 3A State Tournament.  The 2018 girls basketball team finished 14-9 overall and qualified for the 3A state tournament.  The 2019 boys club volleyball team will be chasing their fifth straight state championship this year.

2018 Boys Basketball team at the Vanguard School in Colorado Springs

College Readiness

64 students took 135 Advanced Placement exams in the spring of 2018.  The percentage of AP students with scores of three or higher (on a one to five scale) was 92.2%.  American colleges generally grant placement and course credit to students who obtain scores of three or higher on exams.

In a recently published report by the Colorado Department of Education, The Vanguard School had the lowest percentage of graduates requiring remedial classes in college.

Scholarship Opportunities

Students from the 2010-2018 classes have had 52 members who have received recognition through the National Merit Scholarship Program.  In the last nine years, The Vanguard School has had sixteen National Merit Finalists, two Boettcher Scholarship recipients, and five Daniels Scholarship recipients.

Two  students are finalists for the most prestigious scholarships in Colorado: the Boettcher Scholarship and the Daniels Fund Scholarship.  Both scholarships not only provide full tuition, but  also  leadership mentoring throughout college.

Last year’s Class of 2018, with 56 graduates, earned $4,202,872 in scholarships.  Over the past nine years, The Vanguard Schoolstudents have earned over $31,800,000 in college scholarships. Collectively, 14% of the Class of 2019 earned recognition through the National Merit Scholarship program.

student success at the vanguard school

Become A Student At The Vanguard School

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