Historical Posts, News, & Achievements
from the Vanguard IB Family
Vanguard IB Diploma Graduate Testimonial:
I was a Vanguard IB student from 2008 to 2012. Today, I'm writing this from the library at National Taiwan University, located in Taipei, where I have received a scholarship to study intensive advanced Mandarin Chinese. Without IB, none of this would have been possible. I remember struggling to keep up with classes and tests while also preparing for IB exams and thinking, "What have I done?" While the workload was heavy, I felt like I had total support through the community of teachers, parents, and friends that make the IB family. I remember thinking how horribly cheesy it was when people talked about the "IB Family" ... it turns out the people I FaceTime from overseas, the people who have visited me and who I send postcards to everywhere I go are those people in that family.
When I got to college, not only was I prepared for the workload, but I saved a lot of money because my IB credits were worth a year of credits at the University of Florida. I graduated early with highest honors, studied abroad in Beijing, China, then Taipei, Taiwan. I went on to get my master's degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, then interned at NPR in Washington, DC. Looking back, IB taught me how to work hard, balance my time, and most importantly, build a community to lean on when I needed help.
~ Emily Cardinali
Vanguard IB Parent Testimonial:
I can't say enough about how much impact the IB program has had on Anna. She has blossomed into an amazing young woman, and her horizons have been expanded beyond our wildest dreams mainly because of the encouragement and inspiration of the teachers and general philosophy of the IB program.
She has challenged herself, and has been challenged by some of the finest teachers I have ever had the pleasure to deal with - and I am in the education system. Her teachers truly care about her educational experience, they are looking at the WHOLE student, not just the math grade, or literature grade, or science grade ...
Our family loves and appreciates that the IB students are also called to embrace a service component. It helps them see that there is so much more in the world outside of their own four walls.
I highly recommend the IB program at Vanguard for any family that wants their student to be well-rounded, challenged, inspired, loved, and successful!
~ Susan Mitchell
IB Diploma Programme Parent Testimonial Video:
"Thank you so much for the field trip we had today!
It was honestly one of the best field trips I have ever been on
and one of the best events I have experienced, so far, in life!
It was very beautiful and fun as well as informative!"
~ Kylie K. ~ Pre-IB World History student ~ St. Augustine ~
Congratulations to these five fine young men!
We Help Two + Socktober 2019
The young lady pictured above is Angel. She is six years old, loves to sing, has a pet rabbit, and lives in Uganda. During the month of October, we are selling funky socks so her school tuition, uniform, and daily breakfast and lunch can be paid for.
Join us for our fourth annual CAS project through We Help Two and Vanguard IB Socktober 2019! You can get your socks from a Socktober Team Member on campus for only $10 a pack, or you can order below online for only $12 a pack. And as an added bonus, for every pack of funky socks sold, we receive a pair of thick, warm socks to donate here in Marion County.
See ALL of the styles and sizes at the link below, and contact Mrs. DeVilling for more information.
Vanguard IB Chemistry was highlighted 01/24/19 in The Ocala Star Banner!
Real life application for IB Chem curriculum:
We Help Two + Socktober 2018
Join us for our third annual CAS project in efforts to provide artifical limbs to students in developing countries through We Help Two and Vanguard IB Socktober 2018! For only $12 a pack, you can help us bring dignity & mobility back to a young person's life, as well as to provide warmth in the cooler months for someone here in our community. See ALL of the styles and sizes available in the IB Office.
Fun socks to wear + warm socks to share! We Help Two Video
Click Here to Order Online: Socktober 2018
"First Place: Vanguard High School" 45 times at District FBLA!
Congrats to all of our Vanguard IB students who competed!
THANK YOU to Saleem, our VHS FBLA President and District 7 FBLA President!
District Sunshine State Scholar for Math and Science
(That's THREE YEARS in a ROW for Vanguard IB!)
Congratulations IB Siblings Angela and Andy!
First and Second Place at Regional Science Fair
and BOTH going to State Science Fair!
Vanguard IB: Local Education, Global Experience
Vanguard IB Alumni Testimonials Link ---> - What Vanguard IB Did For Me
Congratulations Vanguard IB Class of 2017
91% Diploma Pass Rate
VHS 2011-2016 AP Pass Rates vs. Other District High Schools
We Help Two+Socktober 2017 Success:
Philip from Kenya Richmond from Ghana
During the 2017-2018 school year, Vanguard IB had the opportunity to help these two young men receive artificial limbs thanks to our partnership with We Help Two and our annual Socktober event. These two young men's lives have been changed forever! We were also able to donate close to 100 pairs of warm socks to the ICU at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. THANK YOU to everyone who purchased socks back in October 2017 and helped us reach our goal. We look forward to hosting this CAS project again this coming fall and to having another successful Socktober event!
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