Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis serves 5th – 8th grade scholars at our public charter school. We focus on rigorous academics, character development and enhancing our beloved community, at our free and vibrant middle school. Two of our biggest priorities are knowing every scholar as the individual they are — alongside our desire to keep every scholar safe as they learn with purpose. How do we do this? Many ways, but today we’re going to focus on one. Our buses.

Free Bus Transportation

We offer free bus transportation for every Vanguard scholar. We enable our scholars to arrive safely at school and safely back home. We invest in our buses so that any and every scholar is able to attend our school, even if they live on the Far East Side and need a ride across town. 12% of our scholars are, in fact, transported by our bus from the Far East Side. It’s that important! 

Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis offers free bus transportation for every charter school student and clean white bus

Empowering Our Community 

Over 65% of our scholars take the bus including those who reside closer to school on the West Side. Having a free bus option makes a difference to our scholars, their families and to us; and it certainly separates us from other public charter schools. We are thrilled to provide this service to our Vanguard families — as it empowers our community. Our scholars ride together and share time, while we keep other cars off the road. We are helping the environment, traffic congestion, oil and gas consumption and so much more. We also enable our families to focus on other critical things, knowing their middle schoolers are safely on their way to or from our school. We got you! 

In case you haven’t heard, we recently moved our public middle school into the Hawthorne Community Center. Building on our established rapport  — Hawthorne  skillfully and joyfully provides our robust before- and after- school programming — this move allows Vanguard and Hawthorne Community Center to seamlessly offer all of our academic and scholastic services under one roof. 

The Heart of the Community 

Together, Hawthorne Community Center and Vanguard are on a mission to support the hierarchy of middle school needs of every scholar we serve. In the past, generous board members and families helped Vanguards in need, but now being in the Hawthorne Center, the heart of the community, we have access to these resources in-house. Hawthorne helps those seeking employment and unemployment services, housing advice and much more. 

In order to truly make the academic goals of our middle school students a reality, we start with clear objectives that every scholar can see, embrace and put into daily use in their lives. We create scholars by setting a high bar for educational fluency and leadership, and we provide extensive support to get there. As we are a small public middle school — we ably focus on each unique individual we have the privilege to call scholars. 

Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis school bus outside the Hawthorne Community Center

Saving Your Seat! 

If your scholar needs an unapologetically academic-focused middle school that’s big on heart and collective growth for every unique Black and Latinx scholar, it’s time to enroll at Vanguard. It’s not too late.  Don’t worry about what the calendar says. We are here for you  — and your entire family — from morning bus ride to afternoon bus drop-off. Enroll tuition-free today! 


About Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis

Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis is unapologetically focused on the academic success of our scholars, our fifth to eighth grade students.  Situated in Central Indianapolis, we provide high-quality instruction, rigorous curriculum, and supportive character development. We create pathways to college success and to becoming leaders in thought, word, and action. Be a Vanguard, today!