With student teacher ratios of 4.5 to 1, Vanguard’s rigorous curriculum is based on a developmental model and operates on a mastery criteria philosophy. As soon as students master one instructional objective, they are moved to the next.
At enrollment, students are placed in the basic curriculum areas (reading, mathematics, and written language) at their current level of functioning , regardless of grade placement. Science and social studies objectives are chosen based on age/grade placement.
Formal progress reporting occurs every nine weeks in conjunction with parent conferences. Progress reports indicate instructional objectives and the student's progress. In middle and high school, numeric grades are also given.
In addition to progress reports, individually administered and standardized achievement testing is completed at the end of each academic year for all school students.