Vanguard College Preparatory School

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Vanguard College Preparatory School
2517 Mt. Carmel
Waco, Texas, United States
Type Private secondary
Established 1973
Headmaster Bill Borg[1]
Teaching staff 37
Grades 7 - 12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 215 (2014)
Average class size 3-26
Student to teacher ratio 1:9
Campus 8.5 acres (34,000 m2)
Color(s)                Blue, Green, and White
Mascot Viking
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Vanguard College Preparatory School, founded in 1973, is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school located in Waco, Texas, United States, for students in grades 7-12. Enrollment, as of the 2013-2014 academic year, was 185, with 30 on the teaching faculty.

The campus consists of 8.5 acres (34,000 m2) and the school is housed in several buildings, including a large building constructed as part of the Mt. Carmel Center by Davidian Seventh Day Adventists when they moved to Waco in 1935. A science and math building was completed in 1984, two gymnasiums were completed in 1980 and enlarged as a multi-purpose facility in 1992, and a performing arts center was completed in 1987. A new classroom building opened for use in the fall of 2000 and a new visual arts building and video studio opened in 2004. Administrative offices were renovated in 2005 and the gymnasium complex was renovated in 2006. State of the art computer labs are accessible to students, and the entire campus has Wi-Fi. Art, drama, music, publications, service organizations, debate, Knowledge Master, Mock Trial and athletics are among their extracurricular options. The 2010 and 2011 editions of Liquid Paper, Vanguard's literary magazine, received a superior rating from the National Council of Teachers of English.[2] The 2011 edition, Circadian, received first place from the American Scholastic Press Association.[3]

The teacher-student ratio is 1:9 with class sizes ranging from 3-26. Students are supported and encouraged to develop valuable study skills and the self-discipline necessary to succeed in post secondary experiences. Opportunities for independent study are available. Health class is offered over the Internet.


Vanguard has over 39 team state titles. Students can play multiple sports. 2013-2014 Varsity Boys Basketball had the best season in school history. Varsity Golf team has won 10 consecutive state championships. Varsity Teams - Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Golf, Volleyball, Tennis, Track, Cross Country, Cheerleading

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National Merit Commended Scholars and Semifinalist[edit]

Vanguard has had over 40 National Merit Finalist in the past 17 years 2009-2013 classes of a combined 126 graduates have received $14.5 million in academic college scholarships.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and approved by the Texas Education Agency.


Class Rank[edit]

As a college preparatory school, Vanguard offers students a rigorous and advanced curriculum. Due to small class sizes and the total number of students in each graduating class ranging from 25-50 students, Vanguard students are not given a class ranking.

College Board Information[edit]

Scoring well above the state and national averages on the SAT,[4] Vanguard students have consistently made impressive results on the nation's most influential college acceptance exams.

College Enrollment[edit]

One hundred percent of Vanguard's graduating seniors are accepted and enroll in 4 year colleges and universities.

Notable alumni[edit]

Check out impressive Alumni - The Alumni Connection

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  1. ^ "Vanguard to Host First Homecoming". Waco, Tx. September 25, 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "NCTE Program to Recognize" (PDF). National Council of Teachers of English. 
  3. ^ "Annual Contest/Review for Scholastic Yearbooks, Magazines and Newspapers". American Scholastic Press Association. 
  4. ^ Vanguard's SAT Scores Consistently Outpace State Average

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