Welcome to Vanguard Classical School!
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We foster a safe, positive atmosphere that encourages our students’ intellectual and emotional growth through…

  • Utilizing the Classical Education Philosophy (K-12)
  • Following the Core Knowledge Sequence (K-8)
  • Ensuring ALL of our teachers are certified and highly qualified
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Requiring school uniforms
  • Preparing our graduates for post-secondary education and careers
  • Character education and mental health supports

Some programs offered at VCS are:

  • PBIS and Restorative Practices
  • Riggs Method
  • Spelling Bee
  • Clubs/Activities
  • Spanish, Latin, and French Courses
  • Choir, Band, and Orchestra
  • Service Learning through Vanguard Gives
  • Middle School and High School Sports
  • 6th Grade Outdoor Lab
  • 7th/8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip
  • 7th/8th Grade Boston Trip
  • High School Trips Abroad
  • Advanced Placement Courses
  • Concurrent Enrollment
  • Research-based social-emotional curriculum

FREE Before and After Care!

At VCS, we are aware of the challenges many families face when trying to get their children to school and make it to work on time. We have a solution for you!

As early as 6:30 am, we will provide a safe place for students to come to school early to read, study, or work on other tasks. Additionally, from 3:15 pm-6:00 pm, students are welcome to stay after school to work on homework, have some outside time, or play games.

These services are FREE for our K-8 students. Yes…you read that right…FREE!

Regular instructional time will begin at 7:40 am, and will end at 3:30 pm.
(Doors open at 7:25 am)

About Vanguard Classical School

Vanguard Classical School is a tuition-free public charter school authorized by the Aurora Public School District.


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Graduation Rate*

*At Vanguard East compared to 67.6% at Aurora Public Schools

Our Promise

Vanguard Classical School exists to build young citizens who demonstrate Honor, Achievement, World Citizenship, and Kindness.

Jay Cerny, Executive Director

Every day I learn more about the extraordinary achievements of our student body, from the youngest Kindergartners to the Senior Class in our Upper School. I am profoundly impressed. I am privileged to be part of such a fine faculty that daily puts forth remarkable efforts as advocates and educators. Inclusivity is at the heart of day-to-day life at Vanguard. We invite you to join our community to experience the difference our institution is making. Thank you for supporting Vanguard.