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Message From the Principal

Message from the Principal

Welcome to Vanguard College Preparatory Academy, a vibrant community of learners! 


My name is Salvador Padilla and I am honored to serve as principal at Vanguard and the Empire community. 


We believe in engaging families as partners in meaningful ways in our work. Families are children’s first teachers, and our goal is to develop a partnership with their first teachers (parents) to better serve your child. Through this partnership, your child will benefit immensely. We look forward to develop new partnerships with new families and continue to strength our existing ones.


The staff focus is on four key elements: Relationship, Relevance, Rigor, and Reflection. First and foremost, students need to feel safe and welcomed at school and in the classroom.  They need to know that all staff are interested in them as individuals, both personally and academically.  Second, it is important that all staff work to see that their students have a successful year while maintaining a level of academic rigor and relevance that is appropriate at each grade level.   Finally, staff are reflective practioners who continuously evaluate their best practices and student achievement to make daily informed, instructional decisions in the learning environment.  Not only do we want staff to reflective, but also students; we want students to reflect on their learning as well. These are my expectations for all staff at Aspire Vanguard College Preparatory Academy.



We are pleased to have you as part of the Vanguard Team, where students are pushed to meet our high expectations to achieve their full potential.




Salvador Padilla


Vanguard College Preparatory Academy