Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy and Vanguard high school
Vanguard 9-12
Vanguard School Profile

School Profile for the Academic Year of 2012-2013

Colin Mullaney, Principal
Jeff Fenton, Assistant Principal

1605 South Corona Avenue  •  Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Phone: 719.471.1999  •  Fax: 719.634.4180  •

CEEB Code: 060-249

The mission of The Vanguard School is to help guide students in development of their character and academic potential
through academically rigorous, content-rich educational programs.

We have created a public high school with a classically-based, college-preparatory curriculum
designed to develop academic excellence, virtue, and leadership.
Students benefit by being fully equipped to gain admittance to and enjoy success in the college of their choice.

 The Vanguard School - Colorado Springs, CO
The Vanguard School - Colorado Springs, CO

The Vanguard School is situated on a 29-acre site near downtown Colorado Springs.  This central locations allows our studetns to enjoy the diversecultural advantages of our city.  Our community includes Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy, a K-8 program, and one high school, the Vanguard School.  For the 2012-13 school year, The Vanguard School enrolled 255 students in grades 9-12.  23% of our high school students qualified for free or reduced lunch and and approximately 33% described themselves as minority students.

Enrollment for 2012-2013
Students are selected by lottery and attend from
fifteen school districts in and around Colorado Springs.
Priority is given to students from
Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy, our K-8 school.

The teacher-to-student ratio at The Vanguard School is approximately 1 to 10.  Our high school staff averages over five years of teaching experience.  Nearly 50% of our high school staff holds advanced degrees.
   Graduation Requirements
Minimum Semester Credits for Graduation: 46

English: 8   World Language: 6
History: 8   Physical Education: 2
Mathematics: 8   Fine Arts: 2
Science: 6   Academic Electives: 6

The Vanguard School teaches a classic, liberal arts curriculum that is designed to ensure that all students have met or exceeded the Colorado Commission on Higher Education admission standards to Colorado Colleges and Universities.  The curriculum is academically rigorous and all core courses are taught at the honors level.  AP courses have been offered each year since 2009, and concurrent enrollment courses through the University of Colorado have been offered since 2011.

Grading System
Grade Unweighted Weighted (AP) Percentage 
A 4.0 5.0 90-100
B 3.0 4/0 80-89
C 2.0 3.0 70-79
D 1.0 1.0 65-69
F 0.0 0.0 0-64
The Vanguard School does not rank its students.


Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)
For the 2012-2013 academic year, 100% of our 9th grade class scored Proficient or Advanced in Reading, and 94% were Proficient or Advanced in Writing; 99% of 10th grade students were Proficient or Advanced in Reading and 94% were Proficient or Advanced in Writing.

National Merit Scholarships
- National Merit Commended Scholars: 3
- National Merit Scholars: 4

AP Scholar Awards
- AP Scholar Awards: 9
- AP Scholars with Honor: 1
- AP Scholars with Distinction: 16
- National AP Scholars: 2


- All-State Choir: 4 students selected

- Young People's Art Exhibition...1st Place Oil Painting; 1st Place Printmaking
- Black Forest League Art Show...Best of Show (2D), Runner-Up Best of Show (2D), Best of Show (3D)
- Congressional Art Competition...1st Place Drawing; 2nd Place Mixed Media
- State Scholastics...2 Silver Keys

- Cross Country...Boys & Girls 2A League and Regional Champions
- Girls' Cross Country...2A League and Individual Champions: 1
- Boys' Cross Country...All State Selection: 1
- Boys' Tennis...Individual 2A State Qualifiers: 2
- Girls' Basketball...Leand and Regional 2A Champions
- Girls' Track...2A League Champions; State Medals in 10 events
- Boys' Track...2A League Champions; State medals in 7 events

Knowledge Bowl
- 3rd Place in 2A State Championships

Cumulative GPA (Weighted): Class of 2013
- 4.0-5.0: 15 students
- 3.5-3.99: 12 students
- 3.0-3.49: 10 students
- 2.0-2.99: 7 students
- 1.0-1.99: 0 students
- 0.00-0.99: 0 students
  Standard Test Scores

Year % Tested CR M W Avg
2011 76 629 602 603 1834
2012 47 635 635 611 1881
 2013 25

State ACT
Year % Tested Eng Math Read Sci Comp
2011 100 27.8 28.1 26.7 26 27.3
2012 100 28 26.9 27.2 25 26.8
 2013 100 28
 27 27
 26  27.0

Advanced Placement Examinations

Advance placement courses were offered in 13 subjects.
All students taking an AP course are required to take the AP exam.

Year Students
taking at
least one
Total #
% of
a "5"
 % of
a "4"
% of
a "3"
% with
a "3"
2011 26 46 48% 26% 20% 94% 
2012 44 99 31% 34% 26% 92%
2013 69 169
18% 28% 34% 81%

Percentage of AP Students Enrolled in Grades 10-12
Who Have Taken an AP Exam and Scored a "3" or Higher
On At Least One Exam:
10th Grade: 37.5%
11th Grade: 85.7%
12th Grade: 97.1%

Post-High School Placement

There were 44 graduates from the Class of 2013
- 39 students matriculated to four-year colleges or universities
- 3 students attended two-year colleges
- 2 students chose military service or work

University and College Acceptances (2010-2013)

Abilene Christian College
Adams State University
Alfred University*
Asbury University*
Azusa Pacific University
Baylor University
Belmont University
Beloit College
Benedictine College*
Bethany College*
Brigham Young University*
Boston University
California State University
Carnegie-Mellon University
Carroll College
Case Western Reserve University*
Chapman University*
Concordia University at Irvine
Central Washington University*
Colorado Christian University*
Colorado College*
Colorado School of Mines*
Colorado State University*
Concordia University*
Creighton University
Duke University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Fort Hays State University*
Fort Lewis College
Florida Institute of Technology
George Mason University
Harvey Mudd College*
Hastings College*
Hillsdale College*
John Brown University*
Kansas State University
Letourneau University*
Louisiana State University*
Macalester College
  Metropolitan State College*
Montana State University*
Nebraska Wesleyan University*
New York University*
Northwestern University
Pacific Lutheran University*
Pepperdine University*
Point Loma Nazarene University*
Purdue University
Regis University*
Saint John's College
Saint Mary's College
Santa Clara University
Seattle Pacific University
South Dakota State University
Southern Methodist University*
Sterling College*
Syracuse University
Texas Tech University*
The Citadel
United States Air Force Academy*
United States Military Academy
University of Colorado-Boulder*
University of Colorado-Colorado Springs*
University of Dallas*
University of Denver*
University of Hartford
University of New Mexico*
University of Northern Colorado*
University of Notre Dame*
University of Pennsylvania*
Villanova University
Virginia Military Institute*
Wake Forest University
Western Washington University*
Wheaton College
Whitworth University
William Woods University*
Willamette University

*Asterisk indicates students attending this college

The Class of 2013 received
$3,845,850.00 in scholarships.

Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy
1832 S. Wahsatch Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Telephone: 719.471.1999 x100
Fax: 719.799.6149
The Vanguard School
1605 S. Corona Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Telephone: 719.471.1999 x200
Fax: 719.634.4180