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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
The Vanguard School Senior High is a top rated, public, charter school located in Colorado Springs, CO. It has 306 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1. According to state test scores, 65% of students are at least proficient in math and 85% in reading.
Address
1832 South Wahsatch
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Telephone
(719) 471-1999

The Vanguard School Senior High Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
85%
Percent Proficient - Math
65%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1310
45 responses
Average ACT
29
63 responses
AP Enrollment
23%
Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Median Household Income
$58,158
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,013
National
$949
Median Home Value
$233,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
92%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 65 responses
Report
  • School retreat before the school year
    18%
  • The yearly bonfire
    17%
  • Homecoming Week
    14%
  • Prom
    12%
  • School musical
    11%
  • Senior Skip Day
    11%
  • Spirit Week
    6%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
306
Free or Reduced Lunch
16%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
10:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$47,526
Teachers in First/Second Year
50.5%
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.23 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.23 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.23 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$9,869/ year
National
$12,239
80%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.20 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.20 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.20 responses
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The Vanguard School Senior High Reviews

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This school is incredibly difficult. The amount of homework can range from 6 hours to 10 hours per night! While I do appreciate that the focus is on academics, the focus was so strong that no one had much time to do anything outside of school. I was afraid of doing extracurricular activities because of the time commitment. I did make some of my closest friends while at this school. I did appreciate that it was very conservative in its teachings, but the work load needs to change. Students are incredibly stressed to the point of being burnt-out by the time they enter into college. The school must find a better sense of balance. Happier students make better-performing students.
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This is a great school. I attended here from Kindergarten through graduation, and I was very well prepared for college. The academic regimen here was intense and standardized test practice helped me to score well on the ACT, resulting in a lot of scholarship for undergraduate school.

At times, I could see a little bit of pride from the school that came across as superiority, but the overall dynamic of the school was one that cared for student development.

With a high emphasis on character and moral principles, I appreciated how committed this school was to teaching objective, healthy truth amidst such a culture of relativism.

The teachers I had loved me well, and they poured much into my life and into my current success.
The Vanguard School is an excellent example that a school does not have to be large to be impressive. The school offers many outstanding classes based on classical education while also being modern. The high teacher to student ratio allows students to go to any teacher for help. While academics are a strong point in this school, so is the focus on many arts. The school offers many classes on music, handmade art, and performing arts. Overall, this school has a lot to offer in such a small package.