Get To Know Us

Students enjoy Vanguard summer camp

Get to know us.


Vanguard Preparatory School was founded in 1993 by Rosalind Funderburgh to address the needs of students experiencing academic, social and emotional difficulties. What began as a small program has become one of the area’s leading private therapeutic schools.


At Vanguard, we recognize that all students have unique potential and can achieve when given relevant learning tasks in an atmosphere where appropriate behaviors are practiced daily. Our students receive a rigorous academic program that is delivered within a highly structured, predictable and nurturing environment.

Therapeutic Approach

Our goal is to provide each student with the support to be a happy, productive and successful person. We accomplish this through a holistic and therapeutic educational approach with the following focus:

  • Actively teaching social skills necessary for productive relationships
  • Providing regular group therapy
  • Developing coping skills
  • Teaching problem solving
  • Setting consistent limits
  • Clearly communicating expectations clearly
  • Rewarding conscientious hard work and effort
  • Building character, personal responsibility, and accountability
  • Teaching conflict resolution
  • Encouraging self-discipline and responsibility for personal growth
  • Valuing attitude over aptitude

Beyond School

Vanguard Intensive

For students who require intense intervention and a jump start on the road to a successful, stabile home, social and school life.

The program is appropriate for ages 5 – 23 who are experiencing significant anxiety, social or behavioral issues, and would benefit from daily therapy, family therapy and a highly structured school and home program. Learn more.

18+ Transitional

After high school graduation, some students need additional support to prepare for life as an independent adult.

Vanguard staff offers ongoing supportive services and mentoring to encourage independent living skills, mood management skills, achieve a balance between physical health and fitness, maintain an organized environment, establish healthy relationship patterns, and build self-esteem and values. Learn more.


How can Vanguard Prep serve your family?


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We look forward to learning more about how Vanguard can serve your child. We will respond to your request as quickly as possible.

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