Developmental disability / MR
Pervasive development disorder
Grades or ages of school:
Gender of students:
Offers summer camp, program or school:
Extended day mornings, afternoons or both:
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.
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.
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.
Music, Art, Dances, Drama, clubs, Music, Sports, PTO sponsored activities
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.