Vanguard School (Florida)

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The Vanguard School
22000 Hwy 27
Lake Wales, FL
Polk County
Lake Wales, FL, Polk County, 33859
United States
School type Private Special Education, Boarding school, and Day School
Motto Transforming Potential. Accelerating Achievement.
Religious affiliation(s) None
Established 1966
Founded 1971
Opened 1960
Founder Harry Nelson
Status Open
President Dr. Cathy Wooley-Brown
Principal David Lauer
Asst Head of School Andrea Whiteley
Grades 5th to 12th with a 13th year program for "prep"
Gender Male, Female
Age range 10 to approximatively 20
Average class size 5 to 8 students
Student to teacher ratio 6.5:1 (median number)
Medium of language English
Language English
Hours in school day ~7
Campus size Approximately 75 Acres
Campus type Semi-rural
Color(s) Blue, Gold
Athletics Tennis, Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Swimming, Track and Field, Cross Country, Weightlifting, Volleyball, Cheerleading
Mascot Panthers
Accreditation FCIS - FL Council of Independent Schools, SACS - Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Tuition $22,500.00 (day student) $42,500 (resident student)
Phone Number (863) 676-6091

Vanguard School is a learning disability, co-ed, private, boarding middle and high school located in Lake Wales, Florida. Vanguard was established in 1966. It serves both international and domestic students. The school has 4 dormitories; two for the boys and two for the girls. Three buildings are for academia.


This school was associated with The Vanguard School (Pennsylvania) of Pennsylvania and split sometime in the 1960s or 70s.


Vanguard School is a private education facility for children with special learning needs.[1] The school provides a project-based learning environment. Vanguard gives students hands-on opportunities to reinforce learning.[2]


  1. ^ "City of Lake Wales Schools & Colleges". City of Lake Wales. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  2. ^ Berkowitz, Kathy Leigh (2011-12-21). "Vanguard Gives Back by Adopting a Family". Retrieved 2011-12-22. 

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Coordinates: 27°55′56″N 81°36′44″W / 27.9323°N 81.6122°W / 27.9323; -81.6122