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Vanguard School, The

Juliann Jaffe
Map1777 N. Valley Rd.
jujaffe@vfes.net

Malvern, PA 19355
610-296-6725
    Categories:
  • Education

Description:

The Vanguard School provides comprehensive special education and related clinical services with a unique focus on the individual student and his or her readiness for life. The school offers an integrated academic, social and daily living skills approach within a supportive environment where the goal is for each student to become a contributing member of the community. The school is a Pennsylvania Approved Private School serving students, 4–21 years of age, with exceptionalities including autism, emotional disturbance, speech-language impairment, specific learning disability and other health impairment.

School's Approach

VFES prepares children and adults with special needs to realize their potential as contributing members of the community. VFES, in partnership with the community, will develop and implement comprehensive clinical, educational and social programs for people with special needs, so each is offered an equal opportunity for an independent and meaningful life.

Additional Information:

Disabilities Served: Autism
Communication / social disorder
Emotional/behavioral disorder
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
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
Assistive tech used: Augmentative devices, Computers/computer lab, iPads, SmartBoards
Learning strategies/therapies utilized: A team of therapists supports students in the classroom, individually and in small groups as well as through consultative efforts. 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 actively involved in the student’s entire day; our clinicians co-treat across disciplines and consult with teachers and other professionals on a regular 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
Occupational therapy
Physical therapy
School nurse
Social worker
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
Library
Music
Sports
Specific learning strategies, support services or vocational programs not listed above: PreK, Elementary School, Speech-Language Intensive Classrooms, Intensive Therapeutic Classrooms, Middle School, High School and Post-Secondary programs.
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