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Mission 2017-07-20T15:33:21+00:00

Empowering gifted students with knowledge, character, and the confidence to lead

Our Mission

​To serve gifted children through a personalized education of advanced academics and complex problem solving that develops traits essential for future success.

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Unique to Vanguard

VGA professionals team to provide for seamless bridging of skills, concepts, and trait development across the years the student attends the school. Specialist areas such as music, art, drama, technology, etc., are integrated daily.

“As I see it, the aims of education are to enable students to understand the world around them and the talents within them so that they can become fulfilled individuals and active, compassionate citizens.”

– Sir Ken Robinson, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education

At VGA, learning is…

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​Collaborative

  • Learning is integrated across domains for a full spectrum understanding of academic concepts.​
  • Students learn together in work spaces best suited to the task rather than at small, inefficient desks.​​
  • Learning develops from shared ideas and teamwork, preparing students for future workplace requirements rather than the departmental and assembly line models of the past.
  • Students develop appreciation for different ideas and the interpersonal skills to manage integration of peers’ ideas to reach success.
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Personalized

  • Students are grouped to best serve their abilities, needs, interests and potential, rather than by age.
  • Technology offers students immediate feedback on learning and allows teachers to effectively plan personalized learning experiences.
  • Assigned homework, and the myriad rationales for it, becomes obsolete.
Kids learning outdoors

Metacognitive

  • Students analyze and develop traits for success.
  • Students realize how concepts are transformed from ideas to applications.
  • Students evaluate and balance personal needs with the needs of the community.​​​
  • Students develop an understanding of their own learning profiles.
Students learning with computers

Creative

  • Students work to find innovative solutions to problems, which contribute to the school and local communities.
  • Students interpret concepts through the lens of their personal strengths, revealing new perspectives and creative applications.
  • Technology enables the exploration of innovative ideas.
  • Students generate their own ideas for how to best exhibit their learning.
Kids reading outdoors

Analytical

  • Students delve deeply into content areas, asking probing questions and building complex understandings.
  • Students make connections between the past, present, and future.
  • Students debate multifaceted issues.
  • Students investigate solutions for “messy” problems.
  • Students are overtly taught decision making skills.