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Vanguard School, The

Juliann Jaffe

  • Education

Essential Information

1777 N. Valley Rd.
Malvern, PA 19355


The Vanguard School is an Approved Private School for students ages 4-21 with exceptionalities including autism spectrum disorder, neurological impairment and related social-emotional difficulties. The School provides comprehensive special education and clinical services with a unique focus on the individual child and his or her readiness for life. The Vanguard School has been an innovator in offering an integrated academic, social and life skills approach within a supportive environment where the ultimate goal is to have each student become an independent, functional and happy member of society.

Additional Information

Website: http://www.vanguardschool-pa.org

Disabilities Served:
Asperger syndrome
Communication / social disorder
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

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.

Paid Blurb 2015-2016: no

Paid Blurb 2016-2017: no

Update 2015-16: yes

Update 2016-17: no

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.

Tuition structure: FAPE

Adaptive tech used: We support assistive technology devices.

Learning strategies/therapies utilized: We maintain a focus on academics, clinical services and life 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. Special programs such as art, Program of Adventure-Based Counseling Experiences, music, life skills and physical education provide an opportunity for students to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom. ABA, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Safe & Positive Approaches, T2C, Transition to college,

Learning strategies:
Applied Behavior Analysis
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports
Safe & Positive Approaches

Support services/therapies offered: We provide occupational, physical and speech-language therapy. Additionally, we offer on-site nursing, school counseling, psychological and behavior support services. Furthermore, reading specialists provide corrective and remedial services on an individual basis or in a small-group or large classroom-group setting. Animal/dog therapy, counseling, music therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, school nurse, speech therapy, tutoring

Support services:
Occupational therapy
Physical therapy
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:

Specific learning strategies, support services or vocational programs not listed above: Summer program, Transportation

Paid Blurb 2016: no