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About This School

Vanguard Preparatory School is a public middle school in Apple Valley. The principal of Vanguard Preparatory School is Brian Goodrow, whose e-mail is brian_goodrow@avusd.org. 1,234 students attend Vanguard Preparatory School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Unspecified; and Black, non-Hispanic. 5% of the Vanguard Preparatory School students are "limited in English proficiency." 51% of the 1,234 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Vanguard Preparatory School is 22:1. Phoenix Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 61% 46%
Unspecified 6% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 11%
Hispanic 32% 33%
Asian 2% 2%
Multiracial 1.0% %
Filipino 0.4% 1.0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 14637%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 57%
Limited English proficiency 5% 9%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    i love this school so much. i improved in my grades alot i went from c'[s d's and b's from a's and b's my teacher mrs.boyd is a great teacher she helped me a lot when i needed the help. there are some mean people though who spread rumors and lie about me. other than that i love this school )

  • (3 years ago)

    Vangaurd is an excellent school and my family feels very blessed that we have been allowed to enroll my son there. The teachers are very good and the school policies are very good as well. The organization shown on a daily basis far exceeds other schools in the district. We look forward to going through my son's eighth grade year.

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent school attentive the to children and promotes parent involvement no "daycare" setting like some schools tend to promote.

  • (4 years ago)

    This schools is the best in the high desert. It is well organized the staff is sooo kind and respectful not only to the parents but most importantly to the students. I recommend this school 100%.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a former student from vanguard preparatory and me in high school looking back at the 4 yrs i spent there...It was allll worth it... My 5th grade teacher mrs.Bankson was the best teacher i have had or would probabaly ever have i havent had a teacher that believed in my as much as she did..=] My middle school yrs i played basketball volleyball and track... I loved it alot the p.E teachers are great..And the sports progaram is awesome as well.. Mr.Mobley is one of the most caring compassionate forgiving and most hard working principal that i think i would ever have.!!! =] I love this school with all my heart and i wish the best for the addminstration students parents and teachers...=] Go falcons!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    This is an awesome school i have been going there ever since it started and i graduated as the class of 2009 and now moving on to Apple valley high school and hoping to graduate with a 4.0 GPA

  • (5 years ago)

    My kids just finished their first year at Vanguard after having been at another Apple Valley elementary prior to this year. I can't say enough good things about Vanguard it's staff and it's administration. The office staff is very friendly and helpful the principal and assistant principal are very involved in the daily ongoing events at the school and are easily accessible if you have a problem or need to discuss something with them. The teachers are so enthusiastic about teaching that it really flows into the students and gets them excited as well. The stricter rules and regulations at this school are the reason for it's high success. The staff and administration also do a great job of balancing fun and academics.

  • (5 years ago)

    i hate this school sooo much you get into troble for every little thing!

  • (5 years ago)

    vanguard prepatory is a wonderfull school.It has wonderful teachers that devote their time and patience to their students i would just like say that i have been here since vanguard started and i will be here until 8thgrade and i will pass this school on to my kids and the rest of my family so keep it up vanguard

  • (5 years ago)

    i do like this shcool because all of my friends go there but some left to sitting bull [i hate that shcool] the teachers r cool and so r the staff the people who dont like this school r just haters. so yes this is a great school and almost the best.

  • (6 years ago)

    wonders accomplisjed this year great job vangaurd

  • (6 years ago)

    I could not be happier with Vanguard. My daughter is in her 2nd year of middle school and neither of us could be happier! The teachers have been wonderful the principal is great and the extra curricular activities are as good or better than the much bigger schools. My child feels safer here. She has NEVER seen a fight on campus and it sure beats the problems we would see at the Junior High my older child attended. I pay tuition to make sure that my older child is as safe happy and well educated as my daughter is at Vanguard Prep. Way to go Mr. Mobley and staff!

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school. The faculity is friendly and willing to help whenever it is requested. I have had meetings with the principal and vice-principal and have always left with the feeling that they cared about and believed in my child's future. I have 2 in Jr. High and I can't think of anything bad to say about Vanguard.

  • (6 years ago)

    I hate this school! I want my mom to move me. There is too much homework because other kids disturb the classes and the teachers dont have time to teach. Kids are constanly fighting and the principal and procters dont do anything about it. I do like my algebra class an teacher but I hate everything else.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school leaves a lot to be desired. Much of the staff are unfriendly to students and parents. This school lacks orginization in both the elemntry and Jr. high campuses. A change in administration would be a saving grace and the only chance of improvement.

  • (6 years ago)

    Vanguard Prep is a parent choice/magnet school in Apple Valley that opened in 8/05 in what was Mesquite Elementary. As a magnet school parents supply to and from transportation and transportation to most sporting events etc. My 15 year old daughter attended Vanguard for her 8 th grade year. She begged to get out of her regular public school and even accepted wearing uniforms to do so. She loved Vanguard Prep and has since moved on to the local high school GHHS. My 10 year old has attended since 11/05 when she was in 3rd grade. We transferred her from a local AV elementary school I have been and am very happy with the school Teachers are caring the staff is attentive and the administration shows their love of the students daily in their actions. Wonderful school!

  • (6 years ago)

    this is the first year that my son has gone to this school. he absoultly loves it there is no more fighting to get him up in the morning

  • (6 years ago)

    my son has been going to this school for 5 years now. the staff is wonderful and the teachers are great. the ptso president needs to go but other than that it is a great place to send your child for a great education. they really do care.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think this school is somewhat an okay school but certainly not a great one. They have lack of discipline and I think that the school is overcrowded!

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is going down hill fast! The higher academics safety policies and parent evolvement are spoken of nicely but are truly not there. Sadly this is the first time our daughter has ever hated school and as a fourth grader has asked that we please change schools or even home school her so she doesn't have to go back. Our family is very disappointed. The worst part of this school is absolutely the unapproachable unfriendly and often rude administration.

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