Lower School Program


Our therapeutic lower school programs provide a classroom of no more than 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. All reading, math and language instruction is tailored to the needs of the individual. Science/social studies provide additional experiential, hands-on, functional and “real life” instruction. Students learn to work independently, in large and small group settings.

Social skills are formally taught twice weekly in relational play or therapy groups, led by staff therapists. Groups focus on building interpersonal relationships, appropriate peer interaction, play skills, expressing emotions appropriately, problem solving and coping skills. These groups are powerful because the “group” is the class; therefore, students often guide their peers to demonstrate appropriate emotional thinking, social and interpersonal behaviors.

Skills are enriched and supported throughout the day when teachers model, coach and intervene as the opportunity arises.

Developmental intervention that focuses on acquisition of:

  • Pre-Academic and academic skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Interpersonal relationships and engagement with others
  • The ability to understand another point of view
  • Appropriate focus and regulation required for learning
  • Problem solving and executive function skills


Groups are reinforced by a daily level system that provides regular visual and verbal feedback to each student regarding their social behaviors. Increased responsibility is rewarded with increased privileges.


Vanguard Preparatory School

4240 Sigma Road Dallas, TX 75244 | phone: 972.404.1616 | fax: 972.404.1641

Accredited By Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - AdvancED | TEA Approved

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