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We're Ranked a Top Ten Charter Elementary School

Vanguard Charter Academy has outperformed the local district on the state test for 14 years, and it doesn't stop there. We are proud to display our impressive collection of awards and accolades, which include both local and national honors. Our school’s dedication to academic excellence and moral focus is evident in the recognition we’ve earned, emphasizing our commitment to preparing students to succeed in life.


Vanguard is a top ten charter elementary school.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Vanguard as a Top 10 Charter Elementary School

Vanguard Charter Academy is ranked one of 2024's Top 10 Best Charter Elementary Schools in Michigan by U.S. News & World Report. We were praised for performing well above expectations in the elementary school reading and math categories.
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Awards and Accolades

Vanguard ranked a top ten charter school by Niche

Niche Ranking

Vanguard Charter Academy was named a Top Ten Charter Elementary and Middle School in Michigan by Niche, an organization that specializes in data and rankings. Vanderbilt's Elementary and Middle Schools were ranked fifth among charter schools in the Grand Rapids area and were given an overall grade of A.

Parents love Vanguard Charter Academy

Praise from Parents

"I love the Moral Focus program at Vanguard. I believe my daughter is receiving a better education at Vanguard than she would at a traditional public school." - Vanguard Charter Academy Parent

Vnaguard is a Michigan Reward School

Reward School

Vanguard Charter Academy was recognized as a Michigan Reward School by the Michigan Department of Education for the 2022-23 school year.

Achieve earns grade A for proficiency and growth.

2022-23 School Letter Grade

Vanguard Charter Academy earned an A letter grade in proficiency and peer-to-peer comparison according to the 2022-23 Michigan School Grades System.

Vanguard received an Eagle Award from National Heritage Academies.

Student Enrollment Eagle Award Recipient

National Heritage Academies awarded Vanguard Charter Academy the Student Enrollment Eagle Award for the 2022-23 school year. This award recognizes our strong enrollment, which speaks to the popularity of our school. 

Vanguard is a Safe School

Ensuring a safe school environment is crucial for the well-being and development of students, staff, and the broader school community. Vanguard Charter Academy received the NHA Safety Award for the 2022-23 school year for achieving the highest ratings for safety on both the parent and staff surveys. We completed all required safety drills, and participated in the 2022-23 NHA Safety Week, a week set aside to educate staff and students on safety at school.

NHA Schools gain nearly 3.5 months of additional learning per year.

NHA Shines: Stanford's CREDO Study Shows Our Students Surpass Their Peers by 3.5 Months Each Year

A recent Stanford study shows NHA partner-school students continue to outperform their traditional public school peers. They do so by gaining nearly three-and-a-half months of additional learning. NHA also earned the new “gap busters” designation for outstanding progress in eliminating learning disparities for minority and poverty students.
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Where Kids Succeed

Vanguard Charter Academy outperforms the local district in all subjects on the state test.

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