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About Us

Vanguard Academy Public Charter School sits in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, a diverse and dynamic region of the Rio Grande Valley.  Vanguard Academy compromises of 10 square miles and encompasses the cities of Alamo, Edinburg, and Pharr.  Vanguard is the second largest charter district in South Texas.
Founded on sound morals, values, and principles, Vanguard Academy has grown into a large community-based school system.  Innovation, tenacity, vision, and equity are key drivers that have shaped Vanguard Academy into one of the area’s most prominent and forward-looking school systems. Advances such as pay for performance, college and career education programs, and an outstanding dual language program are taking Vanguard Academy Public Charter School to the next level.
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Vanguard Academy will sustain a partnership with parents and the community. Vanguard Academy will provide children “A Purpose in Life and A Reason for Learning” in a safe and friendly environment. Vanguard Academy’s purpose is to prepare students to be successful in their continuing education, to create positive learning habits and working ethics, to prepare students to be successful in their careers and to teach students to be responsible and respectful. Vanguard Academy will build a positive self-esteem and challenge students to be independent thinkers with good character. Vanguard Academy prioritizes on teaching students the highest standards of academics and extends an opportunity to express their own unique gifts and talents.


Board of Trustees

Luzelma Canales, PhD - Chair

Alda Benavides, EdD - Vice Chair

Paula Garcia, EdD - Member

   Timothy Brown - Secretary/Treasurer 

María Esther Rodríguez Nguma, PhD – Member

   Arnaldo Gonzalez - Member

  • 100% of students have access to Fine Arts
  • 1:1 Technology: A device for every student
  • 3 Early College High Schools
  • Over 25 million in Scholarships offered to our seniors
  • Highest Kinder Readiness Performance in Hidalgo County Pre-K3, Pre-K4, and Kinder Programs
  • Every school offers Dual Enrollment
  • Every school offers Dual Language
  • Career and Technical Education

News & Announcements

First Vanguard Academy Parent Information Meeting Featured Photo

First Vanguard Academy Parent Information Meeting

Dear Vanguard Parents & Guardians,

We are excited to invite you to a special event where you can discover the diverse range of programs available for both parents and children. Join us for an informative session where you will have the opportunity to learn about the exciting opportunities available to support your family's growth and development. Whether you are interested in educational programs or family-focused initiatives, this event will provide you with vaulable insights and a chance to ask questions.

Please look at the flyer for more information.
2023-2024 Open Enrollment Featured Photo

2023-2024 Open Enrollment

Vanguard Academy is accepting applications for all students from Pre-K3 through 12th grade for the 2023-2024 school year. Thank you for your interest in enrolling your child at Vanguard Academy. We understand the importance in providing the best education to your child. We appreciate your consideration of Vanguard Academy as your school of choice. For more information or questions please call us at (956) 781-1701
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Texas ACE – After School Program

After school and summer programs provide supplemental assistance to help students build a foundation in reading and math and connect high school students to careers and college. Activities include mentor programs, tutoring, academic enrichment, the arts, physical activity, hands-on learning, and family engagement. These programs provide high-quality academic enrichment and other activities designed to increase students' overall academic success. The largest dedicated fund source for programs in Texas is the federally-funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, also called Texas Afterschool Centers on Education, or Texas ACE.
For more information, contact your campus Texas ACE Site Coordinator.

Click the article for more information and the Spanish translation.
Congratulations to the Vanguard Beethoven Orchestra Double Bass Ensemble! Featured Photo

Congratulations to the Vanguard Beethoven Orchestra Double Bass Ensemble!

"The Vanguard Beethoven Orchestra Double Bass Ensemble” was selected as one of only two ensembles from across Texas to perform at the 2023 Texas Orchestra Directors Association Summer Convention in San Antonio on July 21. The selection process consisted of an application and video submission of the ensemble that were evaluated by a judging panel.
This is the first year that TODA has invited student groups to perform. The double bassists, who range from 4th - 10th grade, will play their program for teachers from across the state.
The Vanguard Orchestra program began in 2019 and is under the direction of Cristina Amorim and Adriana Rodriguez.
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South Texas College Field Trip Highlights

Vanguard Academy students visited the South Texas College Technology Campus. Big thanks to Mr. Carlos A. Martinez and Ms. Irma Rosales from the South Texas College Institute for Advanced Manufacturing. Big thanks to Ms. Rosalba Perez at Cinch Connectors. Big thanks to Ms. Rubi Cantu at Regal Rexnord Corporation.

Vanguard Academy is always looking to create purposeful relationships to benefit our students!!

Thanks everybody for making this endeavor a huge success!
Lift Off into Space Camp! Featured Photo

Lift Off into Space Camp!

Vanguard Academy
Spark Your Curiosity - Space Camps
Our Vanguard Academy students had lots of fun building
their own Constellation and Rockets!

Vanguard Academy
Despierta tu Curiosidad - Campamentos Especiales
Nuestros estudiantes de Vanguard Academy se divirtieron mucho construyendo
¡su propia Constelación y Cohetes!

Athletics and Fine Arts Summer Camps!!- Registration Still Open!

Vanguard Academy provides a safe, fun, and skill-based sports and Fine Arts experience for students in grades K-9th.  Join us for a five-day summer camp, June 12-16, from 8am-12pm.  Team up with our amazing coaches and teachers for the ultimate Camp experience! The deadline for register your child for the Athletics and Fine Arts Summer Camp will be Sunday, June 11th, please click this link for more details.

Vanguard Academy ofrece una experiencia deportiva y de Bellas Artes segura, divertida y basada en las habilidades para los estudiantes de los grados K-9º. Únete a nosotros para un campamento de verano de cinco días, 12-16 de junio, de 8am-12pm. ¡Únete a nuestros increíbles entrenadores y profesores para la mejor experiencia de campamento! La fecha límite para inscribir a su hijo en el Campamento de Verano de Atletismo y Bellas Artes será el domingo 11 de junio, por favor haga clic en este enlace para más detalles.