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At a Glance




Amazing Students


Character-building Monthly Virtues


Year Opened
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Free and Reduced Lunch

Free and Reduced Lunch

We offer healthy, balanced meals to all students, including hot lunch each full school day. Our free and reduced program is available to families that qualify.

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After School Care

After School Care

We currently partner with the YMCA to offer on-site after school care to our students.

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Busing is not provided, so parents are expected to provide the means for children to get to and from our school. Contact us if you would like to ask about parent carpooling.

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Dress Code

Dress Code

We have a dress code designed to reduce distractions so children can focus on academic success. Our dress code is flexible and cost effective.

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Spotlight: Vanguard Earns “A” Grade in Michigan’s Best Public Elementary Schools

Vanguard Charter Academy earned an “A” grade from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy on their 2019 Michigan Context and Performance (CAP) Report Card. Schools that are “beating the odds” stand out by this measure.
“Beyond raw test scores, the CAP report card helps parents see more clearly what kind of impact their school has on student learning,” said Ben DeGrow, director of education policy.

Activities & More

In addition to our academics and moral focus, we support our students with a variety of extra programs.
We've highlighted a few below.

You can also download a complete list of what we offer.
Basketball hoop


Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Cross Country



Weekly music class (specials), Band, Choir

Artist palette


Weekly art class (specials), Drama

Chess pieces


National Junior Honor Society, Girls on the Run, Student Council


VanguardState Average
Black or African American13%18%
White (non-hispanic)52%66%

Other schools nearbyView NHA Schools Near Me

Grand River Preparatory High School

650 52nd Street SE
Kentwood, MI 49548

2.8 Miles away from Vanguard Charter Academy

(616) 261-1800

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Vista Charter Academy

711 32nd Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548

3.8 Miles away from Vanguard Charter Academy


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Cross Creek Charter Academy

7701 Kalamazoo Ave. SE
Byron Center, MI 49315

5.1 Miles away from Vanguard Charter Academy


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