The original school was started in 1960 in the Philadelphia suburbs, and the Florida campus became independent around 1971.
The school accepts domestic and international students from grades 5 through 12, with an additional year of prep offered for student s preparing to attend college.
The school campus holds four dorms, two for girls and two for boys, and the academic buildings.
In addition to a full range of activities, The Vanguard School offers small class sizes and a project-oriented curriculum. The school’s stated goal is to catch the children up and prepare them for college or for life.