Student Leadership – Building Character, Discipline & Lasting Integrity

The Vanguard School student leaders standing on stage accepting leadership awards.

Success in school, as in life, requires several strong character virtues such as respect, integrity, self-discipline, and leadership.

Enrolling your child in a quality school with a well-rounded, challenging curriculum and encouraging your child to take part in extracurricular activities that will challenge are essential aspects to building these character virtues.

In this article, we will go over some of the character-building extracurricular activities that The Vanguard School offers, so that you and your child can decide which ones are the best fit for them.

Engineering Opportunities

If your child is a tinkering type with an inclination to build things, they would likely be a good fit for our TARC Rocketry and/or Coding clubs.

Tarc Rocketry Club

We encourage students interested in flight, mechanics, and physics to look into our TARC Rocketry Club.

Constructing rockets is a fun and involved process requiring students to overcome many character-building challenges. Problem-solving, leadership, and team collaboration are just a few of the skills students will develop along the way.

It is also an impressive addition to a student’s college application and will serve them well should they go into the physical sciences.

Coding Club

Students who are inclined to computers and electronics are encouraged to look into our Coding Club.

Learning to code teaches problem-solving, logical and strategic thinking, and technical skills that will serve your child for life.

Coding is also a highly in-demand skill that looks excellent on any college application and could create countless exciting career opportunities for your child in the future.

Forensics Speech & Debate Club

Students with an inclination for oratory and persuasion (speech and debate) will feel right at home in the Forensics Speech & Debate Club.

In Forensics, your child will learn how to articulate their thoughts and ideas eloquently and how to be a confident and captivating speaker — invaluable skills for any leader to have.

These skills will serve your child well in any career field they go into, but will be particularly useful should they ever go into public speaking, law, sales, or any other area where the ability to persuasively and effectively communicate is a core part of the job.

Global Studies Program

If your child desires to be international, cultured, and worldly, then our Global Studies Program will help them accomplish that goal.

Studying abroad gives children an unforgettable and highly educational experience. It expands their world view, allows them to learn about other cultures, and immerses them in new experiences. Class trips to museums provide a fun alternative to reading history books, while delicious local foods and historic sight-seeing give students an enriching cultural experience without parallel.

Studying abroad is an excellent way for your child to develop their character. It will make them a more worldly and cultured leader, which will help them relate to others, get along with people from different cultures, and have a more sophisticated understanding of the world.


If your child is the competitive type who thrives under pressure, then they would be a great fit for Matchwits.

In Matchwits, students are matched against other students from competing schools to determine who can come up with the first answer to a variety of challenging questions.

Students compete in teams and work together to answer questions related to history, literature, science, language, geography, math, and the arts.

Suppose your child enjoys trivia quizzes, competitions, and game shows. In that case, there is a good chance they will excel at Matchwits, and it will provide them an excellent opportunity to practice thinking under pressure.

Student Council

For civic-minded students looking at a possible career in politics, Student Council is a fantastic opportunity to experience what it is like to be involved in government.

Candidates for Homeroom Representative run in-class elections, complete with speeches and classroom elections. Candidates for the four officer seats — President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary – run school-wide elections that culminate in an assembly where each candidate gives a speech to their student body before the big election begins.

The job of members of the Student Council is to cooperate with and serve their fellow students. Student Council is a great choice for students who want to experience what it is like to be part of a community focused on excellence and service.

Mentor Club

The Vanguard School’s Mentor Club, students in grades 4-8 are matched up with older mentors in grades 8-12. Mentor Club is an excellent way for the older, mentoring students to experience one-on-one tutoring and mentorship, and for the younger, mentee students to get the additional guidance they need to excel in their studies and succeed in school.

The Vanguard School has rigorous qualification standards for its mentors, and only students proven to have excellent character, stellar academics, and glowing teacher references are allowed to be mentors This ensures that our younger students get matched up with a mentor who is a shining example and an excellent role model for them.

After-School Clubs

Junior high and high school Students are given the opportunity to create and lead after-school clubs for their peers. Examples of past student-organized clubs include recycling club, chess club, table tennis, and many more!

If your child is interested in organizing and leading a club, encourage them to talk to a teacher or administrator about getting started!

National Honor Society

For students with a strong dedication to excellence, the National Honor Society is the place where good students become great.

Since 1921, the National Honor Society has held firm to its values of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Students who exemplify these virtues and want to strengthen them even further by joining a group of elite peers are encouraged to join the National Honor Society.

Many benefits come from being in the National Honor Society. It is a stellar highlight on a student’s resume when they go to college. Additionally, being surrounded by other academically accelerated students can have a tremendously positive influence on your child.

For students who are willing to do what it takes to meet the National Honor Society’s strict criteria, the rewards are well worth it. To learn more, visit the National Honor Society homepage.

Student Sports

The Vanguard School believes that athletic activities are essential to a child’s health and fitness, and they provide a great way to develop character, work ethic, sportsmanship, leadership, and teamwork. As such, we offer a wide variety of sports, and athletic activities for students in grades 7-12, including basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cheerleading, lacrosse, track and field, and cross country.

In each of these activities, students are instructed by one of our expert coaches, who will serve as a challenging but encouraging role model for your child.

By taking part in the athletic activity of their choice at The Vanguard School, your child will have many fun and experience tremendous character growth in the process.

Building Character

At The Vanguard School, our goal is to offer children a well-rounded education and healthy character development so they can excel in all areas of life. To do this, we focus on providing a rigorous Classical Education that develops character, virtue, and self-esteem in children in an inter-disciplinary environment.

We supplement this academic rigor with the many extracurricular activities listed above to allow students to practice and build these qualities outside of the classroom.

When students graduate from The Vanguard School, they will take a strong foundation of excellence with them that will serve them throughout their future and benefit them in every area of their lives.

School Enrollment At The Vanguard School

For more information about enrolling at The Vanguard school, please visit our Enrollment page and fill out the online application to get started!

If you have any additional questions about enrollment, visit our Enrollment FAQ, our contact our Admissions Officer, Jennifer Blanchard, by email at [email protected], or by phone at (719) 471-1999 x101.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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