At Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis, we give our all to our middle school scholars. A big part of that effort comes from the collective energy of our collegiality and rapport with one another, as a cohesive staff. We work really well together — with mutual respect and collaborative mindsets — to give our public middle schoolers the best access to robust academics and wraparound education they deserve.

We believe everyone on our staff is an agent of transformation. Through our chosen roles, our teachers and staff help our fifth to eighth graders transform themselves from curious kids to thoughtful teens ready for high school, college and career. Because we care so much about every unique scholar and about each other as a purposeful staff, we ably invest in our comprehensive Vanguard model. This truly sets us apart from a traditional public middle school because we include:

  • Blended learning
  • Service learning & capstone projects
  • Daily tutoring built into our school day
  • Character development
  • Expanded time in ELA and Math
  • College prep for every student

Vanguard staff during professional development


Emotional & Ethical Values

Our duty as a middle school team is not only to convey knowledge — but to educate and cultivate emotional and ethical values in the academic process; our THINK model and our efforts to be Vanguards embody this. As we empower our scholars to think and do for themselves and to pursue their dreams, our staff works together to innovate and create, to elevate each scholar’s unique experiences and to resolve challenges in real time. We actively seek support from one another when we need it and we exemplify the skills we aim to imbue in our middle schoolers. Together, we have built a school culture based on:

  • Integrity
  • Commitment
  • Strong communication skills
  • Expertise
  • Courage
  • Focus
  • Generosity
  • Passion
  • Positive attitudes
  • Problem-solving abilities
  • Limitless respect for every scholar and family we serve, as well as each other
  • Educational Fluency & Leadership

We enable our scholars to excel by setting a high bar for educational fluency and leadership. 2018-2019 was our first year in operation as a public charter middle school serving grades 5-8. Using the ILEARN test scores, our team at Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis led our students to scores that are:

  • Higher than the IPS School District
  • Higher than all standalone middle schools in the IPS District
  • Higher than all neighboring Innovation Network Schools
  • Higher than all but one school in the 46222 ZIP code

Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis and faculty and staff with parents during orientation

Small & Mighty Public Middle School

We are leaders in thought, word and action — as a staff and as students; growing and learning together each school day. From our data-driven instruction to our Saturday Academy, we never stop supplying top notch academics in meaningful ways. We start our days together with Power Hour and we spend our afternoons at tutoring – focusing on the personalized needs of each individual. We are a small and mighty middle school; and we are enrolling grades 5-8, tuition-free, right now. Join us…it’s not too late!

About Vanguard

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!