The Vanguard School provides comprehensive special education and integrated clinical services with a unique focus on the individual child and his or her readiness for life. The Vanguard School is an innovator in offering an integrated academic, social and daily living skills approach within a supportive environment where the ultimate goal is for each student to become an independent, functional and contributing member of the community.
Vanguard’s PreK-12 and post-secondary education is a hallmark of the school’s “Learning-for-Life” philosophy, and has resulted in measurable success for graduates. The Vanguard School is a nonprofit, state-licensed, academic day school that is one of 37 Pennsylvania Approved Private Schools for Special Education, selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
To establish The Vanguard School as a safe and effective learning environment, we have implemented a School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS) program that actively encourages students to achieve their academic potential while simultaneously reinforcing their social and emotional learning skills.
SWPBS includes strategies for defining, teaching and supporting appropriate behavior to establish a predictable, consistent and positive school culture for all students and staff.
Our goal at The Vanguard School is to teach and encourage appropriate behavior in all areas of school through concentrated instruction of The Vanguard Values: Respect, Responsibility, Readiness and Safety. We believe students who reflect respectfulness, responsibility, readiness and safety maximize not only their learning opportunities, but also those of their peers. In addition to learning The Vanguard Values, teachers and staff recognize and reward students when they engage in expected appropriate behavior.