25th Anniversary Gala Success!

We want to thank all of our sponsors, guests, families, and staff for the success of the 25th Anniversary Gala.

We raised:

$145,000 This Year!

Vanguard Preparatory School

Our mission is to enrich children’s lives by fostering independence, self-esteem, and compassion for others.Every child is valued regardless of diagnosis or challenge. We guide them in a positive direction and create a strong foundation for learning through social, emotional, and academic development.



When a child learns differently, or at a different pace, large classrooms simply can’t provide the individual attention required. Our small class sizes, therapeutic support and individualized curriculum allow for a student to shine in favorite subjects and struggle less with others. Vanguard’s curriculum is a developmental learning model and operates on a mastery level philosophy. As soon as students master one instructional objective, they are moved to the next.



We know that social emotional health is a leading indicator of student success. Effective skills are taught in twice weekly therapy groups, led by staff therapists. These groups focus on self-discovery, values clarification, interpersonal relationships, community service and leadership skills. Students learn to express emotions appropriately, to problem solve and cope with challenges of being a teen. Groups are supported throughout the day by teachers through modeling, coaching and direct intervention.



The faculty at Vanguard includes teachers as well as a team of licensed professional counselors, speech/language pathologists, psychologists and occupational therapists. Parents may request individual therapy for their student, participate in family counseling, or request a home program.

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Vanguard Preparatory School

Other Schools Just Don’t “Get” Our Child

We hear this a lot. Others can see behavior problems where we see learning differences. We work with your child to better understand the way he or she thinks and acts. Understanding is the first step.

We Want Our Child Back

When we struggle with a child’s behavior, we tend to be nostalgic for a time when they were younger and more manageable. As a child enters each new stage of development, new gifts and challenges are presented. We work with parents to discover new and rich ways to engage with the person your child is becoming.

My Child is so Smart. But the Grades Don’t Show It.

When a child learns differently, or at a different pace, large classrooms simply can’t provide the individual attention required. Our small class sizes and individualized curriculum allow for a student to shine in favorite subjects and struggle less with others.

Our goal is to provide each student with the support to be a happy, productive and successful person. We accomplish this through a holistic and therapeutic educational approach



Our therapeutic preschool and lower school programs provide a classroom of no more five students per staff member. Academic objectives are aligned with Texas Education Agency’s standards and are taught using experiential, multi-sensory, cross-curricular and differentiated instructional techniques.


Our middle school program includes grades 6-8 and provides a classroom of no more than ten students and one teacher. At this age, students begin to rotate classes and experience different teachers for each class. We provide a smaller developmental class designed for students with more significant learning and affective needs.


Vanguard’s high school students follow one of two tracks: College Preparatory Program or Work/Study Program. In addition to a rigorous academic program, high school students participate in twice weekly therapy. Also, they learn or refine social and leadership skills.


After high school graduation, some students need additional support to prepare for life as an independent adult. The Vanguard 18+ program serves these students by providing vocational training, life skills coaching and activities that develop social skills.

Ignite After School Program

Ignite offers a wide range of recreational, educational, and cultural activities including study hall, fun fitness, arts and entertainment, cooking, instructional sports, nature, recycling and creative themed activities.

Our program is designed to complement the school’s mission. offering a safe, therapeutic environment allowing students to learn and grow.

The program provides many after school activities and also may and summer options:

  • Ignite activities begin at the end of the school day and concludes at 6 p.m.
  • Students may enroll in Ignite monthly, three days, or two days each week
  • High School and Middle School Social Club
  • Parent Night Out
  • Movie and Game Nights


Recognized in D Magazine as one of the top schools in the DFW area for children with special needs and specializing in alternative learning.




We’ve set sail on our 25th year and the adventure is just beginning! You will see this theme reflected throughout the year as we celebrate all of the accomplishments we’ve achieved along with the exciting adventures yet to come. We invite you all to come to our 25th Anniversary Gala which will be on April 21, 2018 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. You will hear more from the Vanguard Parent Association as the year goes on.

Donate To The Vanguard Parent Association

Let’s discover if Vanguard is the school for your child.

Vanguard Preparatory School

4240 Sigma Road Dallas, TX 75244

(phone) (972) 404-1616

(fax) (972) 404-1641

(email) patti@vanguardprepschool.com

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