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 the School Board or School Service Center’s responsibility to deal directly with Vanguard School throughout the admission process.

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
    • Please note that a borderline profile may not be accepted at our institution.
  • 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

Language 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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Admission documents

Please note that we are revising our admission process for the 2023–2024 school year, and all of our forms will be electronic to facilitate the process. As of February 2023, we will be able to post our new documents on the site. Until then, it will still be possible to apply for admission by following the current guidelines and completing our current forms.

Our suggestions to facilitate the preparation of the file

  • Use the list of required documents as a checklist before applying.
  • Keep a copy of all the documents you send us in your “home” file.
  • To complete the documents, you will be asked for your child’s permanent code. This information is found on the school report card.

Contact our admissions team if you have any questions at

Provide original copies of the following documents:

  • A recent photo of your child;
  • Your child’s original birth certificate or civil record (which we will return to you by mail);
  • When required, a certificate of eligibility to teach in English (the original document, which we will mail back to you).


For admission to the Elementary School

Mandatory questionnaires are to be submitted upon admission

To be submitted and completed by parents:

Download the Questionnaire

To be submitted and completed by the classroom teacher:

Download the Questionnaire


For admission to High School

Mandatory questionnaires are to be submitted upon admission

To be submitted and completed by parents:
Download the Questionnaire

To be submitted and completed by the classroom teacher:
Download the Questionnaire


Provide a copy of the following documents:

  • Your child’s last report card;
  • Your child’s Individualized Education Plan;
  • A psychological assessment report less than 2 years old, including a WISC IV or 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.).
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 payable to Vanguard School by cheque, money order or bank draft. N.B. Cash payments are not accepted.


Please send your documents 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 

From November to April, we arrange visits every second week of the month, on Thursdays or Fridays.

We usually welcome 4 to 7 people at these meetings, which allows for personalized exchanges.

Please note that these visits are in connection with the submission of an application for admission to the school or with a reflection to pursue an application. 

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English High School

The visits are individualized. As a result, the student and their parents are met in person.

These visits take place in June following the analysis of the students’ files for the admissions process.

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