Welcome to Vanguard Prep School

At Vanguard, we nurture and celebrate accomplishments our students make daily! Not just academic but social, emotional and behavioral achievements as well.

2019 Vanguard Prep School Gala is Here


Save the date April 13th at the Dallas World Aquarium to help raise money for the kids at Vanguard Prep School.

Vanguard Opens New Preschool

Vanguard Preparatory School is pleased to announce a new preschool program, opening in August 2018.  Since 1993, Vanguard has served Kindergarten through High School as well as an 18+ transitional program and look forward to opening our doors to children on the preschool path!

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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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


Our Soccer Adventure Begins!

The Vanguard Vikings are embarking on another adventure this fall with a high school soccer team. After two games, the Vikings are 2 and 0! Led by senior captains Wade Sharrock and Dwight Clasby, our 11-man squad has powered through the competition with a combined...

Vanguard Coffee Shop is Officially Open for Business!

After a successful trial run this summer, the Vanguard Coffee Shop is official.  My dream is that one day it will be a free-standing store serving the public and run by Vanguard students and alumni! We are starting small and laying the ground work for our dream to...


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

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) [email protected]

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