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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


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UTRGV Railway Summer Camp

Students are exposed to engineering activities using hands-on activities. The camp is available free of charge to all 2nd to High School students and is designed to raise awareness of transportation infrastructure and STEM careers. Sign up before May 5, 2023. Limited slots are available.
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Vanguard Academy is inviting you to attend our annual Autism Walk!

Join us on Saturday, April 29th from 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM at the Pharr Vanguard Academy Nature & Birding Center. The walk is free to participate however, if you plan on purchasing a t-shirt the registration deadline is Friday, March 24th. Please click on the link to register.

Class Talk Podcast!

DISCOVER VANGUARD ACADEMY! Join us for our second Class Talk Podcast, where we guarantee you will DISCOVER Vanguard Academy! Come and learn about all of the great things that are happening on our elementary campuses. Joining us today are Van Gogh Elementary Principal Mrs. I. Villafranco and Rembrandt Elementary Principal Mrs. M. Guerrero.
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Spring Break / vacaciones de primavera

Vanguard Academy schools and offices will be closed March 13-17 for Spring Break.
Classes resume Monday, March 20. Have a wonderful and safe Spring Break! /
Las escuelas y oficinas de Vanguard Academy estarán cerradas del 13 al 17 de marzo
durante las vacaciones de primavera.
Las clases se reanudan el lunes 20 de marzo. ¡Que tengan unas maravillosas y seguras vacaciones de primavera!