Admission FAQ


Vanguard is the top Private School in Central Texas

#1 - Voted Best High School for STEM in the Waco Area.
#23 - Best Private High School in Texas.
#24 - Best College Prep Private High School in Texas.
#1 - Most Diverse Private High School in the Waco Area.

* Rated by Niche 2019

How do I get more information about Vanguard?

• You can call Vanguard admissions office at (254) 772-8111, and we are happy to tell you about our school and answer your questions.

• We encourage a tour of our school and a shadow day on campus.  Contact the Admissions Office to set up an appointment -772-8111.

• You can also fill out an inquiry form or application to talk with our Admissions Team.

What are the steps to be admitted?

• Complete the Vanguard application for admission. (Click button below.)

• Submit a Transcript, Writing Sample and Teacher recommendation via the online admissions.

• Take the Otis Lennon School Abilities standardized test. This will be coordinated with the Director of Advancement and can be scheduled during school or after school on weekdays.

Make an appointment for an official admissions interview. This may take place with either the Director of Advancement, the Head of School or both. The applicant and at least one parent should attend the interview.

• Shadow Day.  Experience a day in the life of a Vanguard student by scheduling a shadow day for your student.

How many students are enrolled?

• We have 203 students in grades 7-12 of our 2018-19 school year.

What is your student to teacher ratio?

• We have an impressive 13:1 student to teacher ratio.

What is your average class size?

• Our average class is 12 students per class.  Some are larger and smaller in order to enhance the classroom atmosphere.

Where are most of your students from? 

• We have students from 20 different zip codes across Central Texas attending Vanguard, along with International students from Brazil, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and China.

• Students come to Vanguard from local Public Schools and many local private schools.

Do you offer sports?

• Yes.  We have non-selective athletics that boast 46 state team titles:

• Boys: Football and Baseball

• Girls: Volleyball, Cheerleading, and Softball

• Boys and Girls: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Swiming, Track, Tennis, and Golf

Do you offer clubs?

• Yes! Spanish, Latin, Student Council, Class Government, Mountainview Mentors, FCA, Chess, Entrepreneurs, Outdoor Club, Mock Trial, Debate, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Chemistry, Glee, Environmental Club, Viking Line and Drum Line.

What is your average SAT Score and ACT Score?

• 2017 graduates Average Score on the SAT score was 1390 (1600 scale).

• Vanguard is very proud of our College Preparation Class. Students are being prepared each day for college and beyond. Over the past 5 years, our students have maintained an average of a 26.94 on the ACT. This is way above the Texas average of 20.82 and the National average of 20.76.

• Over the last 5 years, we have had 96.8% of our students meet the English benchmark for college readiness which is determined by ACT.

Click here to read about the Class of 2017.

Where have recent Vanguard Graduates attended college?

Vanguard College Preparatory School

2517 Mt. Carmel, Waco, TX 76710
Telephone: 254-772-8111
Fax: 254-772-8263

Email the Director of Advancement,
Chelsa Brindley Ressetar: