Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis is a free public middle school serving grades 5-8. We are deliberately small in school size and big on academic focus. We keep our middle school small in size so we can focus on each unique scholar as the individual they are. Because we serve middle schoolers, we spend deliberate and compassionate time on character development, social emotional learning, and personal ethics alongside robust college prep academics. And since there are fewer of us together each day, we spread fewer germs. Win win.


We create scholars by setting a high bar for educational fluency and leadership, and we provide extensive supports to get there. As we are a small middle school — we ably focus on each scholar. It is our firm belief that empowering middle schoolers to create and find their leadership voices will change the world. We do this one scholar at a time.

Our Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis model is different from a traditional public middle school models because it includes:

  • blended learning
  • service learning & capstone projects
  • daily tutoring to support academic growth
  • character development
  • expanded time in ELA and Math
  • college prep for every student

Because we are a close-knit school we can offer true individual supports for every learning style. Our curated learning environment fosters mutual respect, while engaging in important 1:1 relationships and growth. Our deepest hope is for every scholar to grow both academically and socially — and we carve out space to make it happen.

To that end, our entire leadership team is available to every scholar and their family. We encourage communication of every type: phone calls, scheduled meetings and drop-ins to address whatever may be top of mind. We are a small middle school; no scholar or family slips through the cracks. We connect.

Our virtual tour showcases who we are as a school community and why we pledge to support every scholar in their personal growth to being leaders in thought, word and action. Because we choose to be a small public middle school, we can see and hear each unique learner for who they are as we elevate their dreams.


We recognize that our scholars enter middle school with a wide range of academic proficiency and we are dedicated to changing chronically low academic outcomes in our community.​ We ensure every scholar receives the necessary support to reach our rigorous academic and character goals through individualized assessments and clear action plans.

We make the academic and life goals of our middle school students a reality by starting with clear objectives that every scholar can see, utilize and put into regular use in their daily lives. We are a thoughtfully designed school, but we adapt to the unique, varied learning styles and holistic needs of our scholars. We can do this — because we are not spread too thin.

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 small and mighty. We are home to fewer germs. We are leaders in thought, word and action. Your middle schoolers can be, too. We are enrolling grades 5-8, tuition-free, right now!

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!