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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

Arnaldo Gonzalez - Vice Chair

Paula Garcia, EdD - Member

   Timothy Brown - Secretary/Treasurer 

María Esther Rodríguez Nguma, PhD – 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


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Vanguard Academy Charter School Board of Directors Names Dr. Marisol Rocha as Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schools

The Vanguard Academy Charter School (Vanguard Academy) Board of Directors is proud to announce Dr. Marisol Rocha as the lone finalist for the position of Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Rocha has devoted over 20 years of service to public education. She has dedicated her career to school improvement and the development of whole child education.

On the approval of Dr. Rocha as lone finalist, Board President Dr. Luzelma Canales stated, “We are excited to have Dr. Marisol Rocha as our lone finalist for the Superintendent of Schools position. The responsibility for identifying our next Superintendent of Schools was one that was taken very seriously by our Board of Directors. We believe that under her leadership she will continue the legacy of excellence for our Vanguard community. Dr. Rocha’s extensive experience working with campus and district teams to build capacity for continuous growth and improvement was a contributing factor to the decision. Furthermore, her dedication, commitment, and leadership to the success of all children and their families was also a key factor in the board’s decision.”

“I am honored and thrilled beyond measure for the opportunity to lead Vanguard Academy. I look forward to embracing the traditions and culture with the staff, families, and community as we work together to build upon the established excellence that is Vanguard,” expressed Dr. Rocha when asked about being named lone finalist.

Dr. Rocha currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent for Edcouch-Elsa ISD. She has previously served as Director of State and Federal Programs and School Improvement in Bastrop ISD. She also served as a campus administrator in Del Valle ISD, Austin ISD, and Waco ISD. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Texas A&M University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Tarleton State University. Dr. Rocha earned her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Education through the Cooperative Superintendency Program at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Board of Directors will finalize Dr. Rocha’s appointment after the state-mandated 21-day waiting period, with an expected start date of July 1, 2024. The Vanguard Academy family looks forward to welcoming Dr. Rocha and working together to continue reaching for continued educational excellence.
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Vanguard Academy leads Region One in school safety!

Vanguard Academy is the only School District in Region One with ZERO Findings in TEA’s Safety Intruder Audits for the 2023-2024 school year. As of May 7th, 2024, 100% of Vanguard Academy schools have been audited.
Vanguard Academy leads Region One in school safety! The only school district in Region One with ZERO Findings! We celebrate our campuses as we continue to work hard to keep our students, teachers, administrators, and families safe! Congratulations Vanguard Academy for ZERO findings in our latest School Safety Intruder Audit at Monet Elementary! To God all the honor and the glory!
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Autism & All Abilities Walk

Parents and staff, we are cordially inviting you to the Annual Autism and All Abilities Walk on Saturday, May 4th, from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at Vanguard Academy Nature & Birding Center, 1025 S. Richmond Dr., Pharr, Texas 78577.
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The Vanguard Academy District Choir will be performing "From the Inside Out"!

🎶✨ Attention Vanguard Academy Community! 🎭🌟
Join us for a captivating evening as the Vanguard Academy Fine Arts Department proudly presents "From the Inside Out," which will be performed by our District Choir! 🎵🎨
Featuring talented performers from Picasso, Beethoven, Van Gogh, Mozart, and Monet schools, this promises to be a memorable showcase of our collective talent.🎭🌟
Vanguard truly shines when we come together! ✨🎶
📅 Date: Monday, May 6th
🕡 Time: 6:30 pm
📍 Location: Beethoven Secondary
🎟 General Admission: $5
For more event details please refer to the flyer.
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Vanguard Academy Golf Tournament

Tee off with Vanguard Academy! ⛳

Join us for a day of golf, fun, and community at the Tierra Del Sol Golf Club!

Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2024
Location: 700 E Hall Acres Rd, Pharr, TX 78577
Registration: 7:00 - 7:45 AM | Tee Off: 8:00 AM
Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, Longest Drive, and Closest to Pin

For more information or to register, please contact Rey Perez at (956) 457-1524 or [email protected].

Let's make this event a hole-in-one for our community!
#VanguardAcademy #GolfTournament #CommunitySupport #GolfDay
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National School Library Week!

📖 📚 ❤️April 4th is National School Librarian and April 8th-12th is National School Library Week.

Let's celebrate our dynamic Librarians/ Library Aides! 📖 📚 ❤️

Our Librarians are Reading Advocates, Information Literacy Teachers, Event Planners, and Innovative Leaders! Our campuses are blessed to have each and every single one of them, as they play an integral role in our school communities. Their dedication and commitment are greatly appreciated and invaluable to us!

Top Row (L to R) - Cristobal Chapa (Mozart Elem.), Amy Gonzalez (Van Gogh Elem./Sec.) , Patricia Sheckler (Rembrandt Elem), Denise Garza (Mozart Secondary), San Juana Ornelas (Picasso Elem.), Amy Elizondo (Beethoven Sec.)

Bottom Row (L to R) - Samantha Wheat (Beethoven Elem.) , Nathaly Garza (Rembrandt Secondary), Rachel Campos (Beethoven Secondary), Amanda Puentes (Rembrandt Secondary.