Building a community
Vanguard College Prep was founded by two University of California graduates. It had humble beginnings in Texas. The founders would initially teach students out of public libraries throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area, giving Vanguard a garage start-up feel. They were motivated by their aspiration of revolutionizing and reforming the college prep culture in the U.S. Students came to Vanguard expecting to be in a classroom outside of school; instead, they were greeted by instructors who took an interest in their education, mentored them in regards to high school, and inspired them with tales of their own college experiences.