Application/Referral Process

  • To be referred to Vanguard the student needs to meet the following criteria; 

    • Completed at least one semester of HS prior to transferring.
    • Has a desire to work in a self-paced, personalized environment.
    • Is not exhibiting excessive acting out/delinquent behaviors.
    • Is not failing due to a current untreated substance abuse problem.
    • Is not known to be actively gang involved in the school.
    • Might not be better suited for other services/programs (YAP, ELL, or HSE).
    • Has an academic ability level suitable for courses offered at Vanguard.
    • Desires to work towards earning a District 214 diploma.

     Application/Referral Process

    • Vanguard idea introduced to student/parent to gauge interest (voluntary decision).
    • Vanguard Application started by the student in D214 Apply
    • The counselor will complete their portion of the application.
    • Vanguard team will review the referral.
    • Vanguard team will contact students/parents/guardians to set up a tour and intake interview.
    • Vanguard team will contact the counselor regarding student status.
    • Referrals can be made at any time during the year, and if there is space available, we will start the student at the beginning of the next quarter.


    2021-2022 Student Starting Dates

    Q1 Start:  Wednesday, August 11, 2021 (application deadline: 05/14/21)

    Q2 Start: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 (application deadline: 09/24/21)

    Q3 Start: Tuesday, January 4, 2022 (application deadline: 12/03/21)

    Q4 We do not anticipate taking new students 4th quarter of 2021-2022 school year

    Q1 2022-2023: August 2022 (application deadline 05/13/22)

    Please direct all questions/concerns to:

    Patrick Kain (847)718-7861 or Natalia Negron at (847) 718-7872 (also available to speak Spanish, if needed)