← Return to search

SpecialKids Guide

Vanguard School, The

Juliann Jaffe
Map1777 N. Valley Rd.

Malvern, PA 19355
  • Education


The Vanguard School is an Approved Private School providing programs for and licensed to accept students, 4-21 years of age, with a Pennsylvania Department of Special Education exceptionality of autism, speech-language disorders, emotional disturbance and/or other health impairment (OHI). The School provides comprehensive special education and clinical services with a unique focus on the individual student and his or her readiness for life. The School offers an integrated approach to academic, social, daily living, pre-employment and career-transition skills within a supportive environment where each student is taught to become a contributing member of society. Special education is provided on an individualized basis in accordance with each student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The classroom teacher is supported within the classroom setting by a team of therapists who work with students individually, in small groups or on a consult basis.

School's Approach

We maintain a focus on academics, clinical services and daily living skills which is enhanced by a highly trained staff that recognizes the different ways that children learn. We offer a diverse curriculum and a wide range of activities to support students' abilities and needs.

Additional Information:

Disabilities Served: Asperger syndrome
Developmental disability / MR
Emotional/behavioral disorder
Neurological impairment
Pervasive development disorder
County: Chester
Location (state-county): PA-Chester
Services Offered: Vocational Training
Enrollment: 265
Grades or ages of school: Ages 4-21
Staff:student ratio: 1:3
Gender of students: coed
Offers summer camp, program or school: yes
Extended day mornings, afternoons or both: afternoons
Transportation provided: yes
Tuition structure (% FAPE reimbursement/financial aid offered, etc.): In most cases, a student is placed here by the school district and parent, with the school district of residence funding the full tuition costs for new placements. The district continues to pay the full tuition costs until such time when state funding becomes available. There is limited funding through the PA Department of Education (PDE), Bureau of Special Education. When state funding does become available for a district placement, The Vanguard School contacts the school district which then submits the appropriate paperwork to PDE. If PDE approves the funding, costs for school-age students placed at The Vanguard School are shared between the school district of residence and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A small percentage of parents have chosen to pay privately to place their child at The Vanguard School, in cases where state and district funding are unavailable. A family may apply privately if they are willing to assume the full cost of tuition for their child. If a student is accepted for admission to The Vanguard School and the school district has not referred the student, the district is not obligated to pay the tuition.
Tuition structure: FAPE
Learning strategies/therapies utilized: We maintain a focus on academics and clinical services as well as daily living and employment readiness skills which are enhanced by a Curriculum created through research-based programs and aligned with Pennsylvania Academic Standards Aligned System (SAS). Education consists of rigorous academic programs, enriching classroom activities and community-based experiences that set high expectations for students, allowing them to transfer skills acquired at school and apply them in real-world settings. The classroom teacher is supported within the classroom setting by a team of therapists who work with students individually, in small groups or on a consult basis.
Learning strategies: Applied Behavior Analysis
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports
Safe & Positive Approaches
Support services/therapies offered: Related clinical services include speech-language, occupational and physical therapies, school psychology, school counseling, behavior support and nursing. All therapists and specialists have the advantage of being involved actively in the child's entire day; our clinicians are able to co-treat across disciplines and consult with teachers and other professionals on a regular basis.
Support services: Counseling
Physical therapy
School nurse
Speech therapy
Vocational/life skills: Career placement
College prep
Life skills
Vocational training
Extracurriculars offered: Music, Art, Dances, Drama, clubs, Music, Sports, PTO sponsored activities
Extracurriculars offered: Art
Specific learning strategies, support services or vocational programs not listed above: PreK/K, K/K1, Elementary School, Speech-Language Intensive Classrooms, Middle School, High School and Post-Secondary programs.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags



Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags