Vanguard School, The
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.
Location (state-county): PA-Chester
Services Offered: Vocational Training
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,
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
Extracurriculars offered: Music, Art, Dances, Drama, clubs, Music, Sports, PTO sponsored activities
Specific learning strategies, support services or vocational programs not listed above: Summer program, Transportation
Paid Blurb 2016: no
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