Thank you for considering attending Vanguard. What Vanguard is really all about is getting you caught up in school by focusing on your unique needs. Everyone’s different, and we take the time to find out about you, how you want to learn, and where you need the most help. We’re here to get you ready to tackle any educational challenge in your way.
At Vanguard, of course we’re about learning, but we’re about a lot more than that! We are a fun place to be, and our students love it here.
First, there’s the warm weather we enjoy year-round here in sunny Florida. Then there’s our very cool campus packed with things to do – and something for everyone’s interests. Sports, nature, socializing, games, clubs, music, theatre and the arts keep our students active and happy.
We have our very own pond where we have all kinds of fun hanging out and enjoying nature. We play beach volleyball games, go fishing and canoeing, or we play paintball on the course that our students designed and built.
For you sports fans, we have both a strong athletic program, where we enter into rigorous competition with area schools, and an intramural program for those who want a less competitive option. We also try as often as possible to hop a bus and catch sporting events like a Lightning pro hockey game or a Magic basketball game.
Speaking of field trips... We’re about a half hour from LegoLand, and an hour’s drive from Walt Disney World and Sea World. Nearby Orlando and Tampa Bay are hot spots for several activities including plays, concerts, ballgames and amusement parks.
School vehicles take students into downtown Lake Wales or Winter Haven for shopping trips, movies, having dinner or any other social activities you and your friends may want to do. If you're 17, you can apply to have your own car on campus!
From arts, crafts and cooking, to a fitness center and SCUBA lessons, there’s something to do for everyone, all the time!
The Application Process
- We request completed applications be returned with the $100 non-refundable fee. Download Application
- Confidential Teacher Evaluations: The candidate should distribute these confidential forms (which parents and students waive the right to read) to the current teacher of math and English, as well as the guidance counselor or principal. Download Evaluation Forms
- Transcript/Educational Records Form: This form should be signed and delivered to the appropriate administrator at the candidate's current school. The Vanguard School must receive the most recent official transcript. Download Transcript Request Form.
- Testing: Please submit the most recent (current to within 3 years) psycho-educational evaluation available. This report should include WISC-III or WISC-IV testing, including subtest scores. If your child has a current IEP, please provide a copy.
Once the requested information has been received, the admissions committee will review the file to determine the next step in the admission process; the on-campus interview. This interview/evaluation is a requirement of all applicants. The admission office will notify the family of the applicant to schedule an appointment.
How To Contact Us
The admission office is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST) Monday through Friday. Appointments for tours and interviews are available throughout the year. For more information, please fill our our online inquiry form or contact the Admissions Office at:
Telephone: (863) 676-6091 x1414 or x1025
Fax: (863) 676-8297