Student Testimonials


Elizabeth Watson

Vanguard Class of 2021

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT VANGUARD?

I like the close-knit nature of the Vanguard community. As a junior, I recognize that when I graduate next year, I will leave not only with an invaluable academic experience but also with a relationship to an incredible community that rallies to support each other every step of the way.

DO YOU BELIEVE VANGUARD IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS IN WACO?

Absolutely. Vanguard offers individualized attention to students that is difficult to find elsewhere. Teachers are always willing to help, and resources are made available to students in every aspect of their journeys at Vanguard. It's clear that the faculty and staff truly want every student to succeed, and that in itself is incredibly inspiring.

VANGUARD'S MOTTO IS "RIGOR, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?

To me, the motto of "Rigor, Respect, Responsibility" challenges students to become the best versions of themselves during their time at Vanguard. Vanguard teaches us how to be capable leaders in the world beyond high school, and in my opinion, that hope for success is precisely what the Vanguard motto represents more than anything else.

Gahyun (Grace) Yoon

Vanguard Class of 2022

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT VANGUARD?

As an international student, it could have been harder for me to adapt to a completely new school system. However, the faculty and the student body made me feel very welcomed and helped me out throughout the year. Everyone in Vanguard cares and supports one another which makes me feel the joy to be in the school. Also, I like that Vanguard challenges me every day, making me stronger and more prepared for the future.

DO YOU BELIEVE VANGUARD IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS IN WACO?

Yes, Vanguard is different from other schools in Waco. We get to walk to different buildings for different classes just like colleges and get to enjoy our freedom during lunch. Also, the teachers are always truely excited to teach us new things and help us out when we are having a hard time both in and out of school.

VANGUARD'S MOTTO IS "RIGOR, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?

'Rigor' makes me think of schoolwork; the rigorous academics are always challenging which leads me to figure out ways to solve problems. Respect is seen everywhere in Vanguard. Vanguard teaches how to show respect not only in school but also outside of school. In school, respect towards faculty and other peers helps us build a strong relationship with each other. Throughout the time I have been attending to Vanguard, I believe I gained so much responsibility. Learning how to handle our responsibilities over our freedom and schoolwork prepare us for heavier responsibilities that will be given to us after Vanguard. I strongly believe Vanguard would not be the same without our "three R's".

Andrew Holze

Vanguard Class of 2023

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT VANGUARD?

I like how the teachers treat each student like an adult. I also enjoy how teachers sometimes tailor the class around how students work and learn. The freedom to go of the campus and to go outside during lunch helps us learn responsibility which also adds to my love for Vanguard.

DO YOU BELIEVE VANGUARD IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS IN WACO?

Vanguard is different from other schools in Waco because the teachers care more about the students and create more rigorous and challenging work to teach us. Vanguard also gives us the freedom to make our own decisions within reason to teach us responsibility.

VANGUARD'S MOTTO IS "RIGOR, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?

To me, Vanguard’s motto means that students will be challenged and will have to actually try in their schoolwork without being too overwhelmed with work. It also means that students respect teachers, the school, and each other which is not always found in other schools. Lastly I believe that the motto states how students are responsible enough to do their work and turn it in without being constantly pressured by teachers to do so but also they must be responsible enough to make the right choices and be good all-around people in the choices they make.

Danae Simmons

Vanguard Class of 2024

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT VANGUARD?

What I like about Vanguard is that the teachers encourage us to do our best. They push us to try new things and learn. We are treated as adults and we learn to be responsible and respectful. Vanguard teaches us not only education but life skills too.

DO YOU BELIEVE VANGUARD IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS IN WACO?

Vanguard is definitely different from other schools. The education pushes us to do better than we thought we could do. I believe we have more freedom and opportunities due to our small size.

VANGUARD'S MOTTO IS "RIGOR, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?

Rigor describes the education that we get at Vanguard. We are expected to always do our best and try hard. To me, respect describes both the students and teachers. The students are respectful to teachers and peers, and the teachers and peers are respectful to us too. At Vanguard, we have to be responsible for our time. We are expected to act like adults and be responsible for homework and studying. We also have to be responsible with the dress code.

Kaitlyn Peavy

Vanguard Class of 2024

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT VANGUARD?

I like Vanguard because it is a small environment. You can easily get to know every kid in your class personally. Everyone around the school knows who you are including staff and students of all other grades. I enjoy walking on campus and in the classes feeling welcomed. Vanguard has an amazing faculty and staff that will sit down with you to ensure you understand your lesson. They also go to extremes to make sure each student is mentally ready for class and life skills.

DO YOU BELIEVE VANGUARD IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS IN WACO?

Vanguard is totally different from other schools. Especially on campus, the school is spread out just like a regular college campus. At the end of the day, Vanguard students will have gained valuable experience by going to a school that is modeled after a college. Vanguard is very diverse from other schools in lots of ways. All the teachers truly care about your education and want to do everything possible for your success. They will make one on one time with you to go over material learned in class that you may not understand or pick up as easily as other students.

VANGUARD'S MOTTO IS "RIGOR, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?

Students at Vanguard are held to high standards with the motto, “Rigor, Respect, Responsibility”. Rigor challenges students thinking in new and different ways and leads to success. Respect is expected of us to give to anyone that it should be given to at any certain time. We are taught proper etiquette to give speakers, teachers, and fellow classmates. Responsibility comes hand in hand with all the freedom we’re given. With an outdoor, open campus and relaxed dress code we are really trusted with the responsibility.

Annabelle Reece
Class of 2024

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT VANGUARD?

1. What I absolutely love about Vanguard is that the teachers are already preparing you for college. We are being taught by teachers that really care about our success and want us to do the best that we can do. What I genuinely love about Vanguard is it is like a big family. When you first start a new school, it can be scary, but you feel very welcome here. You also get a bunch of freedom at Vanguard. During passing periods, you get to walk outside to different buildings to get to other classes. It is nice to get fresh air during the day instead of being inside all of the time.

DO YOU BELIEVE VANGUARD IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS IN WACO?

2.  Vanguard is entirely different from other schools. The main thing that I feel is different about Vanguard is being able to walk outside to classes. I also enjoy playing outside during lunch with my friends. We have an hour lunch so it is really nice to have some time to run around and relax. The teachers at Vanguard are enthusiastic about teaching us, we do a lot of fun projects in all of the classes that help us learn in a more relaxed environment. 

VANGUARD'S MOTTO IS "RIGOR, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?

3. Rigor, Respect, and Responsibility are huge words when you are at Vanguard. The curriculum at Vanguard are rigorous, and I love that because it challenges me in a way I don't believe any other school could. Respect is something that I think you have to earn. When you respect your teachers during class, you earn their respect back. Responsibility is definitely the most essential value at Vanguard. You have to have the responsibility to plan out your week, figure out when your test is, and how you need to approach studying. I have a planner that I write down all my homework, quizzes, and tests. I love the Vanguard motto because it is all of the things that Vanguard truly is put into three words. I love it here!

Landon Hanshew
Class of 2023

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT VANGUARD?

I love the freedom here at Vanguard. Also, I love the teachers here. They are so willing to help me whenever I need help even after school. 

DO YOU BELIEVE VANGUARD IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS IN WACO?

I do believe Vanguard is different from all schools, because of how the teachers are willing to help you. Also, because of all of the freedom you have.  

VANGUARD'S MOTTO IS "RIGOR, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?

I love the rigor here at Vanguard. I know all of my hard work will be worth it later in life. Respect is everywhere here on campus. All of the teachers respect my friends and I. Responsibility is extremely important here at Vanguard. You need to take responsibility for many things. The responsibility you do at the school rubs off and I have started to become more responsible. This motto is the core at Vanguard. I love this school, the teachers, my friends, and freedom. I know all of my hard work and dedication will be worth it in the end.

Elijah Wade
Class of 2019

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT VANGUARD?

My favorite thing about Vanguard is that it feels like a big family. Everyone is on your side, rooting for and helping you on your way to success. The faculty and staff are always willing to answer questions whether they pertain to school or just life in general. 

DO YOU BELIEVE VANGUARD IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS IN WACO?

Yes, definitely but that is part of what makes it great. Vanguard’s college-like campus, rigorous workload, and freedom all separate it from other schools around Waco. 

VANGUARD'S MOTTO IS "RIGOR, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?

 It means that as a Vanguard student, I should strive to live up to each of those characteristics. I know that a student who possesses those qualities is well-rounded, and ready for the world outside of Vanguard. 

Sarah Emerson
Class of 2021

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT VANGUARD?

I love the family feel of the students and teachers here. I have always felt welcomed and supported. The teachers take time to get to know us and are always willing to help us with our needs. Each student is given the tools to do whatever they want to do during their time here whether that be learn a new instrument or play a brand new sport. This allows each student to build confidence in learning new skills and stepping out of their comfort zone. 

DO YOU BELIEVE VANGUARD IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS IN WACO?

 Vanguard is worlds away from other schools. Every aspect down to the layout of the campus sets Vanguard apart from all the others. The campus is built like a mini college campus which allows students to become accustomed to the feel of college. The inviting faculty and staff foster the confidence in students to feel comfortable asking questions during tutorials which is much like college office hours. The freedom the students are given also sets Vanguard apart from other schools. 

VANGUARD'S MOTTO IS "RIGOR, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?

The "Three R's" have changed the way I look at school. I love the rigorous classes that never fail challenge me and push me to do the very best I can. The respect is evident throughout campus. The teachers and students have a mutual respect for one another which is the foundation for every relationship that gets built. Vanguard has taught me so much about responsibility by making sure that I know that I know I will only get out of my education what I put in and it is 100% on me what I do. It has made me take more initiative and develop the discipline that I have today. 

Katylu Offill
Class of 2023

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT VANGUARD?

I like the campus setup. There are many buildings, and the staff trusts you to get to your assigned classes on time. The setup is like a college campus, so there are many freedoms. As well as the open campus, there are activities to do during our hour-long lunch. My favorite is the pergola, in which are iron swings and picnic tables. Others include a gaga pit, and an open field that is normally used for pickup soccer games.

DO YOU BELIEVE VANGUARD IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS IN WACO?

Yes, Vanguard is very different from other schools. We have small classes, a relaxed dress code, and a relaxed campus. At Vanguard, there are very small classes. The student to teacher ratio is normally close to 1:13. This is good for both teacher and student because you have more one-on-one opportunities. Our dress code reflects our school motto, responsible and respectful. For boys, they can have long hair here unlike other schools. On campus, our buildings are spread out over our lot, and we get fresh air between classes, which is nice. In all, Vanguard has many differences from other private and public schools across Waco.

VANGUARD'S MOTTO IS "RIGOR, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?

The three R's in our motto make up the recipe for success. Hard work is a necessity to succeed, especially at Vanguard. There is homework almost every night, but it is bearable as long as you manage your time. Respect is very important for success here at Vanguard. We have something called the Honor Code, and it is composed of our basic rules. Some of which is no cheating, no defaming others, no stealing - the basics. Respect is important in and out of the classroom. Finally, responsibility is vital to success at Vanguard, because of the assignments we get. Some nights, we have homework in all subjects. As long as you work steadily and manage your time, (procrastination is not a good idea here) then you will still get a good night's sleep and complete all of your assignments.

Elizabeth Rollins
Class of 2021

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT VANGUARD?

1. My favorite thing about Vanguard is the opportunities it has offered to me. Since coming to Vanguard in 8th grade I have grown as both a person and a student in how I push myself to do new things. Due to the numerous opportunities, Vanguard has offered me and others (such as Cheerleading, Mock Trial, One Act Play, and Student Council), I have come to enjoy many new things that I did not know I was interested in. 

DO YOU BELIEVE VANGUARD IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS IN WACO?

2. What makes Vanguard different from other schools is the individualized attention the students receive. Teachers stay after school every day for 30 minutes so students can have their individual questions answered. Class sizes are small enough that it feels personal to me, and I’m comfortable asking my teachers questions when I need help. I am confident that the skills I have gained at Vanguard have prepared me for college. 

VANGUARD'S MOTTO IS "RIGOR, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?

3. Each word in Vanguard’s motto means something different to me. Rigor represents the great work ethic I have gained to help me deal with even the most difficult of classes. I really enjoy being challenged in harder classes as well as learning how to cope with more rigorous workloads. Respect reminds me to listen to and respect others and their opinions as well as myself. Finally, responsibility represents how we are given more independence but, with that comes more responsibility. I am responsible for keeping up with my grades as well as my extracurricular activities, which has taught me great time management skills. The “three R’s” are great guidelines for Vanguard and for my life after I have graduated.