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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
  • 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


Vanguard Academy CEP

Vanguard Academy announced it will continue its policy to operate the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2022‐2023 school year. Schools qualifying to operate CEP serve breakfast and lunch to all children at no charge and eliminate the collection of meal applications for free, reduced‐price, and paid student meals. This new approach reduces burdens for both families and school administrators and helps ensure that students receive nutritious meals.

Vanguard Academy Receives an A rating 3rd year in a Row!

Vanguard Academy is proud to announce for the third consecutive year, we have earned an “A“ rating from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). We believe in going above and beyond in serving our students in academics and we are proud of our record of proven performance.
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Vanguard Academy Child Nutrition Kickoff

Vanguard Academy's Child Nutrition Services Department kicked off the new 2022-2023 school year with professional development for all their staff. Excellent day for learning! 🍎
El Departamento de Servicios de Nutrición Infantil inició el nuevo año con un desarrollo profesional para todo su equipo!🍎
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Meet our New Safety and Security Director!

Vanguard Academy is excited to announce the hiring of Mr. Javier Rodriguez as our new Director of School Safety and Security. Read more about this exciting new role and how he'll help keep our students safe in our parent letter. Welcome to the family! #VanguardReady2022 #StudentsFirst

Rembrandt Secondary Students Selected for Prestigious NASA Summer Internships!

Liliana Sanchez, a student from Vanguard Rembrandt Secondary in Pharr, Texas has been selected for the prestigious Student Enhancement in Earth and Space Science (SEES) summer internship to be held at The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Space Research. Students will work with scientists and engineers to conduct authentic research from data received from NASA’s earth observing satellites as well as designing Mars habitats, Lunar Exploration, and analysis of images from the International Space Station.

Maky Pena, a junior at Vanguard Rembrandt Secondary High School in Pharr Texas has been selected to participate in NASA’s Texas High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) summer experience.
Nominated by their state legislator, Maky Pena was selected as one of over 800 high school juniors from across Texas to be part of the unique NASA engagement activity.

Vanguard Academy Community Back to School Expo

Vanguard Academy has purchased clear backpacks for all students and will be giving every student a clear backpack and school supplies at the Vanguard Academy Community Back to School Expo August 4th at the Bert Ogden Arena.
More details soon!
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Vanguard Academy Community Back to School Expo 2022-2023

Join us for the 1st Annual Vanguard Academy Community Back to School Expo at the Bert Ogden Arena located at 4900 S I-69 C Edinburg, Texas 78539 on August 4,2022 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Vanguard Academy will be giving a backpack with school supplies to all Vanguard Academy students. Uniforms will be available for purchase, please bring exact change. We will also have a credit card machine for your convenience. Campus leaders, PEIMS (registration) and various district departments will be available to answer questions.
We look forward to seeing you at the Expo! `
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Safety Measures and Protocols

Our safety measures and protocols to keep all students, teachers and staff safe are outlined in the flyers below. These flyers were shared this evening in our Community Conversation with over 200 parents.
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Affordable Connectivity Program!

Vanguard Academy Family, the Affordable Connectivity Program is a $30 benefit for internet services available every month for all of all students. Please see the attached flyer and instructions on how to apply. All Vanguard Academy students are eligible since Vanguard Academy is part of the USA community Eligibility Provision. Please contact your Child’s campus on how to obtain the CEP verification document which will be used to upload in your application. If you have any questions please send us an email to [email protected]
Familia de Vanguard Academy, el Programa de Conectividad Accecible es un beneficio de $ 30 para los servicios de Internet disponibles cada mes para todos los estudiantes. Por favor, consulte el folleto adjunto y las instrucciones sobre cómo aplicar. Todos los estudiantes de la Vanguard Academy son elegibles ya que la Vanguard Academy es parte de la provisión de elegibilidad de la CEP. Por favor, póngase en contacto con el campus de su hijo sobre cómo obtener el documento de verificación CEP que se utilizará para cargar en su aplicación. Si tiene alguna pregunta por favor envíenos un correo electrónico a [email protected]