Vanguard College Preparatory School focuses on a complete education that emphasizes excellence in academics, the arts, athletics and other activities like clubs and community service. Students can pursue their interests and learn to balance a rich variety of activities. Our rigorous programs prepare students for future success, and 100 percent of our graduating seniors go on to college.

Our students also learn the importance of self-discipline, respect, personal responsibility and compassion.


Founded in 1973 in Waco, Texas on a collegiate style, 8.5 acre campus, Vanguard College Preparatory School is a private, independent, coeducational day school for students in grades 7-12.  Learn more.

Ratio & Class Size

— The teacher to student ratio at Vanguard is 1:12
— Class sizes range from 3 to 20 and the average size is 13
— Our enrollment varies year-to-year, but is currently 202.
— Teacher to student ratio at is 1:13
— The grade size is 35

Source: Public School Review

College Entrance Exam Scores

— Vanguard class of 2017 average SAT score 1975 (critical reading, writing, and math combined).
— SAT scores above average as confirmed by National Merit Scholarship -- from 1994 to 2017,  51 National Merit Finalists.


— Since 2002, Waco's best private school qualified for the national debate tournament.
— Voted Best Private School by the Waco Trib, Wacoan and #23 Best Private School by Niche.
— 2016 Varsity golf team brought back twelve consecutive TAPPS State Championship.
—  Literary magazine, Liquid Paper, ranked superior by the National Council of Teachers of English.
— Distinguished Merit Awarded, Vanguard Review Newspaper Staff  -3A division of the 2016 UIL Interscholastic League Press Conference journalism competition. Individual awards include four gold medals, three silver medals, two bronze medals and five honorable mentions
—  Students enrolled in AP Calculus over the past 6 years have had a 97.6% success rate on the AP Test.
— 2016 Challenge Team Champions
— 2015 Art District Winners in all categories
— Over 44 team TAPPS State Championships


National Association of Independent Schools, Southern Association of Independent Schools, Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, Texas Association of Non-Public Schools, The College Board, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of College Admission Counseling, Texas Association of College Admission Counseling & Texas Association of Supervision & Curriculum Development, Classical Association of the Middle West and South.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as approved by the Texas Education Agency.

We are focused on preparing students for college and beyond.

For More Information:
Chelsa Brindley Ressetar
Vanguard's Director of Advancement
Email: Email Chelsa Ressetar
Phone:(254) 772-8111