Enrollment FAQ

Admission (Grades K-12)

When is the application deadline?

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.

Are tests required for admission?

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.

Is there a tuition cost for The Vanguard School?

The Vanguard School is a tuition-free, public charter school.  There is a yearly student fee for all grades ($50.00 for kindergarten, $100.00 for 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.

Does my family need to live in a certain district?

The Vanguard School is chartered under Harrison School District 2 (D2).  Therefore, D2 residents have priority for available slots in grades K-12.  However, our school currently serves students from fifteen different school districts.

Academics (Grades 9-12)

What academic support is provided to students?

Students typically schedule one study hall each semester.  Vanguard offers an after-school study hall on Mondays through Thursdays from 3:15 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. for students who want additional support. In addition to study halls, teachers are available to support students every day.  Teachers are also available during Activity Period (Monday – Thursday from 3:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.) and after school (Monday – Friday from 3:30 P.M. -4:00 P.M.).

What college preparation do students receive?

Starting freshmen year, students participate in programming to help them start thinking about college and their future interests.  The Vanguard School uses a college counseling software program, “Naviance,” to keep track of our students as they progress through our high school and continue on to college.  Through the Family Connection Center of Naviance, students are able to search for and compare colleges that meet their requirements, track scholarships, and take the necessary steps to meet the milestones set by The Vanguard School such as creating a resume and requesting transcripts and recommendations.  Parents have access to this information, as well, and can see the steps their students have taken to prepare for college.  Vanguard’s College Counseling center hosts a College Perspective series where families are invited to learn more about various aspects of college, including financial aid, scholarships, and athletics.  Students are able to enroll in over ten courses to earn college credit.  Additionally, students have the opportunity to attend local college fairs and to visit college representatives throughout the school year.  Learn more about Vanguard’s College Counseling program by clicking here.

What are advocacy groups?

Each student in the high school has a faculty advisor who monitors progress and establishes a supportive relationship.  Each advocacy group is made up of approximately twelve students from grades 9-12.  Regular meetings as advocacy groups help students stay on target academically, physically, and socially by setting focused goals.

Athletics (Grades 9-12)

What competitive sports are offered at The Vanguard School?

Our offerings include soccer, basketball, volleyball, cross-country, tennis, lacrosse, and track.  Visit the Athletics page for more information.  The high school sports programs continue to excel, competing in the Tri-Peaks League and at the State level.  Vanguard’s basketball, cross country, tennis, and track teams have all gone on to compete at the State level.

What if my child wants to play a sport that isn’t offered at The Vanguard School?

There are some sports that Vanguard does not offer such as football, swimming, hockey, golf, wrestling, softball, and baseball.  There have been many student-athletes at Vanguard who have played those sports at other local high schools.  CHSAA allows students to attend one school and play a sport at another school if their attending school does not offer that sport.  Vanguard also allows those athletes to be released from school every day at 2:30 P.M. to attend their games and practices.

Clubs and Leadership (Grades 9-12)

What is Activity Period?

Activity Period is the last period of the day in the high school, from 3:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M., Monday through Thursday.  Students may use Activity Period as a study hall or to attend various clubs.  Students who play a sport at their home district are able to leave at 3:00 P.M. to ensure that they make it to practices and games on time.

What leadership development opportunities does The Vanguard School offer?

The Vanguard School has a variety of student leadership opportunities, including National Honor Society, Student Council, Class Officers, and Student Ambassadors.  Additionally, students develop public speaking skills by performing recitations at Friday assemblies, speaking at events such as High School Information Nights, and by participating in the various service projects offered.

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