A specialized, private, public interest school.

What does this mean?

  • Specialized: The services are aimed at a specific clientele (see our admission criteria).
  • Private: Vanguard School is a non-profit corporation and is managed by a Board of directors.
  • Public interest: At the request of the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEQ), we intervene with the School Boards and School Service Centres as external partners. In this sense, a School Board or School Service Center can call upon our services in two circumstances: to offer a service that cannot be provided within its establishments or to respond to a particular (or severe) problem noted in a child who corresponds to the profile of the clientele accepted at Vanguard School.

Please note that although the school must give priority to students referred by the School Boards and School Service Centers, it may also accept students whose parents are applying to register their children. If a student’s application is made by their School Board or School Service Center,  it is up to the parent to complete the online admission application and to the School Board or School Service Center to confirm the agreement by sending the required documents to Vanguard school.

Our environment is therefore motivating and stimulating and focuses on the acquisition of knowledge for both the students and our specialized personnel. As a teacher, you would like the opportunity to be part of our team of special education experts. You want to make a real difference with students.

We have a place for you.

Admission Criteria

  • Be between 7 and 16 years old.
  • Display any specific learning disability(ies):
    • Dyslexia
    • Dysorthography
    • DLD (Developmental Language Disorder)
    • Dyscalculia
    • Nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD)
    • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
    • Auditory processing disorder
    • Dyspraxia
    • Executive function disorder
  • Have average or above-average intellectual potential
  • Delayed educational achievement in any of the following subjects: the language of instruction or mathematics.

Please note that the above-mentioned admission criteria alone do not constitute the conditions of eligibility, but that the entire file must be studied to ensure that our environment can meet the needs of your child and that they can develop in harmony with our environment. Your child’s motivation is also taken into consideration when making a decision.

It is important to know that, according to the request of the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur du Québec (MEQ), we must prioritize students who have an inter-board agreement granted by a school board. However, families who wish to do so can apply directly to Vanguard School.


Students may be referred by:
  • School Boards or School Service Centres;
  • parents;
  • educational professionals (teachers, remedial educators);
  • personal service professionals (psychologists, social workers, guidance counsellors, etc.);
  • Hospitals, referral centers, and institutions that come into contact with students for whom our school might be suitable.
Languages of instruction

Instruction is offered in English and French.
The student may be enrolled in the English sector if they hold a certificate of eligibility for instruction in English.

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Online admission and required documents

Our suggestions to facilitate the preparation of the file

  • Make sure you have the digital copy (ideally in PDF) of the required documents.
  • Keep a copy of all documents you send to us in your personal files.
  • To complete the Parent Questionnaire, you will be asked for your child’s permanent code. This information can be found on the school report.

Step 1: Complete an admission application

You’ll receive an e-mail confirmation outlining all the documents you need to provide and the next steps. If necessary, you can also find them below.

Online Admission

School Questionnaire

Send the link to the following questionnaire to your child’s current school. The form can be completed by the teacher, the special education specialist, the administration, etc.

Provide a copy of the following documents:

  • Your child’s birth certificate or civil record (for validation purposes, send the original by post)
  • When required, a certificate of eligibility to teach in English (for validation purposes, send the original by post)
  • Your child’s most recent report card and those for the last 3 years (last 2 years if child is in grade 2);
  • Your child’s Individualized Education Plan and the previous version;
  • The Parent Questionnaire
  • A psychological assessment report less than 2 years old, including a WISC V with interpretation and any test that profiles the student’s cognitive functioning;
  • The most recent speech and language assessment or intervention report available, if the student has received this service;
  • Reports from various professionals, if applicable (special education, occupational therapy, audiology, neuropsychology, etc.).
  • File opening and analysis fee of $50 payable online on the portal by credit card. N.B. Cash payments are not accepted.


Please send only the required originals to the following address:

Vanguard School
5935 Côte-de-Liesse Road,
Ville Saint-Laurent, Québec H4T 1C3

For more information:
Telephone : 514 747-5500 ext 6317
Email :

Visit the School

The school does not hold an open house for the community at large.

On the other hand, some initiatives allow parents to visit our school at some point during the school year.

It is important to note that visits are organized by age group. They are by invitation only.

Elementary School (French and English) 

A welcome day is organized in May at the elementary school. It allows students and parents to discover the school.

The principal meets with the parents. We can describe the school’s functioning and our practices.

This allows parents to get a better idea of the students at Vanguard School.

The welcome day also allows us to validate the information we have on file regarding the student’s functioning.

This is an important step in our admissions process before we make our final decision. The information from this day is valuable and allows us to determine if the student meets our criteria and if we can make a difference for them. It also ensures that we make appropriate classifications and determine priorities for action for the child. During this observation, we can clarify the student’s profile in reading, writing, and math skills.


French High School 

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English High School

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Please see this document for transportation options offered by Vanguard School.

Contact Transport

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequent questions

  • My child is on the waiting list. When will I hear back?

Most decisions are not made until the end of June, since École Vanguard must first decide on the number of places available by academic level.

  • Where is my child on the waiting list?

Unfortunately, it’s impossible for us to say where your child is on the waiting list, as it changes from day to day, depending on the agreements and requests made by the CSS.

  • How do I submit my application to the school?

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  • How long can a child stay on the waiting list before being admitted?

A young person’s file may be admissible, but we may not be able to accept him or her for lack of space. In this case, the file is put on the waiting list. Unfortunately, we cannot predict how long the waiting period will be, as the situation may change from year to year.

  • What is the application deadline?

For a CSS, the deadline for submitting applications is May 1.

Parents who apply without an agreement may do so at any time, but it is preferable to submit all documents as soon as possible, since this establishes the priority date for applications (May 1 at the latest for the following year).  Applications submitted after this date may be considered if there are still places available according to the student’s ranking (always in order of priority).

  • What are the admission and tuition fees?

The fees (registration and related) are $670 for primary students without an agreement and $450 for secondary students without an agreement.  Students with an agreement have a reduction of $150 assumed by their CSS.  These fees have been in effect since 2022-23 and are subject to change. In addition to these fees, as in all environments, there are fees for daycare services at the primary level, as well as fees for teaching and school materials.



  • Will my child be entitled to school transportation?

École Vanguard provides transportation for an increasing number of students from one year to the next. Supported by the Ministry of Education, students may be transported by their own school board, or (for many of them) by transportation provided by our school.

Please note that car-pooling arrangements are also in place, and that direct shuttles between our school and metro stations are also in place to facilitate transportation for everyone.  If you have any questions about your own situation, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the following address: Transport



  • At what age and in what school year can a child be admitted?

A child can be admitted as early as grade 2 (generally from age 8) and as late as secondary 5, in both English and French.


  • How can I get an agreement with our CSS so that our child can be prioritized?

Based on our experience, we suggest that you take the following steps:

-Meet with the people at your child’s school (teacher, principal, specialists, etc.) to understand your child’s progress at school;

-During this meeting, ask about your child’s progress and the resources in place;

-Depending on the child’s needs, ask if the interventions carried out with the child can be readjusted;

-Discuss the medium- and long-term prospects for re-education in your child’s school or CSS;

-Contact your child’s school principal to find out whether a referral from them is possible, or whether services can be provided to your child in his or her current environment.

*Please note that it is the responsibility of the CSS to judge the need for a schooling agreement with École Vanguard for each of its students. However, the decision whether or not to accept a student rests with École Vanguard.


  • Can I enroll my child at École Vanguard even if my CSS does not refer him/her?

Vanguard’s mandate is to give priority to CSS referrals (extraterritorial agreement). However, the parent is always entitled to apply directly for admission without such a referral.  Note that these files are processed after those of the CSS.


  • When will we receive an answer regarding our child’s admission?

Responses (decisions) are generally sent towards the end of June, beginning of July.

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