Frequently asked questions

Have questions about Veritas Chapel and Veritas Academy? Here are some common questions with our answers.

Is Veritas Chapel affiliated with any denomination?

Veritas Chapel is an evangelical, non-denominational independent church, and is not affiliated with any specific denomination. Influenced by The Navigators, we are not as hung up about worship style as we are about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and being rooted in the word of God (The Bible). We recognize a need for the body of Christ to not give up meeting together (Hebrews 10:24-25) and to build meaningful relationships so we can bear fruit in our community (John 15:8). You may learn more about The Navigators by clicking here.

Do you have to be a member of Veritas Chapel to send your child to Veritas Academy?

No. While Veritas Chapel members have member privileges, non members are encouraged to send their children to the school. You do not even have to be a Christian, but you will be required to sign a lifestyle statement that indicates that you will agree to participate in any faith based activities such as reading the bible and praying.

What is classical Christian education?

Classical Christian education uses methods and content that develop thinking, articulate, well-rounded graduates. Classical, Christian schools provide the best possible education to help every child reach their God-given potential. This is accomplished through:

A) Age-specific K–12 learning

Classical Christian schools use the children's God-given strengths at each stage of growth to help them learn; young children enjoy memorizing, singing, and rhymes, so a solid foundation is laid in each subject of study at this age; middle school to junior high students are inquisitive, so we develop their ability to reason and discern truth; and high-school students want to talk, so we teach them how to present their ideas persuasively. The result is a graduate that knows what he or she believes and why and can positively impact the community around them.

B) Time-tested method and content

Classical Christian schools develop skills to equip students to be lifetime learners by teaching students that every subject is comprised of certain defining facts with an orderly organization of the information, and a concise and persuasive way in which to present the acquired material. This method of instruction has been in use for hundreds of years, and is the means that produced most of history's great thinkers; it is the new "old-way" of educating students with a long history of success. Graduates are familiar with reading, writing, Latin, logic, math, science, rhetoric, and the fine arts resulting in gracious, knowledgeable, and thoughtful men and women.

C) Christ-centered curriculum

Classical Christian schools teach all subjects based on the principle that God is the Creator of all that exists, and therefore all knowledge is interrelated and points back to Him. Biblical standards of conduct are applied in all arenas of school life, acknowledging that Jesus Christ is Lord of all. The schools acknowledge that God has given parents the responsibility for the education of their children and that the schools instruct those students under the parents' delegated authority. Most graduates remain faithful to Christ even through college and have a heart to serve others.

D) Academically rigorous

Students are capable of achieving much more than is commonly thought, and therefore classical Christian schools have high expectations for student learning. Students learn to love the subjects that their teachers love and cheerfully follow the godly example of their instructors. Students with a classical Christian education experience the personal satisfaction that is inherent in mastering a difficult task.

E) Nurturing community

A classical Christian school is a community of parents and teachers who share a commitment for teaching children to love learning and growing in godliness. Smaller class sizes ensure that teachers know their students and are better able to serve them individually. Students know they are loved and not just another face in the crowd while openly manifesting deep appreciation and respect for their parents and teachers.

Is Veritas a charter school?

No. Veritas is a private Christian school. In the United States, charter schools are primary or secondary schools that receive public money (and may, like other schools, also receive private donations). They are subject to some of the rules, regulations, and statutes that apply to other public schools, but generally have more flexibility than traditional public schools. On the other hand, private schools such as Veritas are independently owned and run. They are completely separate from the public education system and can do a lot of things neither public schools nor charter schools can do. Selective enrollment being one example. To ensure accountability, Veritas is a member of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools, and will pursue accreditation of the association as well as other reputable accrediting bodies.

Why should I pay for private education when I can send my kid to a charter school for free?

Private Christian schools generally do not receive funding from the federal government and they must cover the cost of facility rental, salaries, as well as operational costs. But the investment in your child’s education is worth every penny you spend. We encourage you to research schools and determine the value you seek for your child. We are confident that Veritas Academy offers you a different kind of education from that found in public schools; a different kind of quality input into the life of the child who attends. What sets us apart is not that it is a classical education model; there are plenty of schools that can give a child that, without any spiritual input. And the end result of such an education will be simply a young adult more articulate about their inability to find a meaning in life to live for, to make sacrifices for, to achieve great things for and to die for. Like Werner Jaeger, who showed that the word paideia represented to the ancient Greeks an enormous ideological task of shaping the ideal man, Veritas Academy goes far beyond the scope of what we call formal education. It is an all-encompassing enculturation of the future citizen. It is this which we want our students to have, not just the mechanics of a system of learning, but the heart of a system of learning that create transformed men and women bringing the Kingdom of God into time and history to create a new time, and a new history for this world. We recognize paying tuition fees is a huge sacrifice. But consider this: we easily invest in perishable things in life such as cars, homes, recreation, and many others. But we can never go back and redo a child’s foundational education. The return on investment is worth it not just for this world but also for eternity.

 

Does Veritas offer Individual Educational Plan services for eligible students?

While private Christian schools are not required by the federal law's Individuals with Disabilities Act to provide special education services, Veritas Academy recognizes that every child is fearfully and wonderfully made (psalm 139:14) and can learn. For this reason, Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) are built into our overall services. Our IEPs include the following:

A) Present Level of Performance

A statement of your child's present level of performance (PLOP) - this is how your child is doing in school now

B) Goals

Your child's annual educational goals

C) Special Education

Special education supports and services that the school will provide to help your child reach goals

D) Strategies

Strategies the school will utilize (including modifications and accommodations) to help your child make progress

E) Accommodations

Accommodations your child will be allowed when taking standardized tests

F) Progress Measures

How and when the school will measure your child's progress toward annual goals

 

If Veritas Academy is not subject to government rules and regulations, how can we be sure of the quality of the school?

As of Spring 2017, Veritas Academy is eligible for accreditation candidacy through the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (MNSAA) , and has begun the process.

Veritas Academy is also a member of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS). In the Sping of 2020, Veritas Academy will become eligible for accreditation candidacy with ACCS. ACCS accreditation will ensure we are held accountable for meeting the foundational standards for a classical Christian school. Accreditation standards can be found at the following site: https://classicalchristian.org/accreditation/.

In addition, Veritas will hire only those teachers who value knowledge for its own sake and are committed to lifelong learning. They will be committed to growth and accountability and will be role models for what it means to have a well-trained mind.

The governing board of Veritas Academy will include a parent, as well as a community member with no ties to the school. Parents of Veritas students will be encouraged to actively participate in volunteer programs and other responsibilities so they are informed and are able to raise legitimate questions when necessary.

What is Veritas Academy's view on the Commom Core Standards currently adopted by the majority of U.S. states?

The whole point of education in our view is that it should give man abstract and eternal standards by which he can judge material and ethereal conditions. Common Core education is concerned with what is learned, guided by measurable standards. On the contrary, classical education is concerned with the art of learning, guided by standards that cannot be measured.

Veritas Academy objects to Common Core Standards for the following reasons:

  • The Common Core shrinks learning into a one-size- fits-all centralized set of information designed to achieve success by narrowing the focus of human learning to basic facts for measurable recall. This requires a reduction of the human person to an empirical calculus and ends in a lowest-common denominator paradigm. Contrarily, classical education lifts the minds of all students to the highest aspirations of man, encompassing a student’s capacity for imaginative and emotional appreciation of reality, as well as for analytic and scientific habits of mind, toward the formation of character.
  • Classical education, as its name intimates, is focused on the classics: i.e., those works that have endured throughout the ages and evoke the eternal, transcendental truths of the world and the human condition. It is, therefore, concerned with looking back rather than looking forward, so that students may draw from the wisdom of the ages and apply immutable realities to their own lives and perspectives. Our approach to technology integration follows the same thinking - that is, technology is a tool, not an end goal.
  • Classical education focuses on what all people should know as knowers—the truth. It assumes a Christian anthropology that includes treatment of the human person as an image of God in possession of appetites, intellect, imagination, and will; and thus cultivates wonder as the root of inquiry. The Common Core defines people as “change agents,” cut off from divine and moral agency and reduced to a set of numbers. The modern curriculum subordinates the higher inclinations of man to the acquisition of knowledge that is purely functional and utilitarian to meet servile ends, preparing students for a very limited scope of activity.
  • The educational reform required in the country would best be accomplished by returning to the original sources of wisdom and culture. The Common Core system focuses on innovation and new methodologies. A surer strategy would be a restoration of those traditional approaches that are the foundation of Western Civilization. Classical education centers on these works and ideas, and holds that the process of learning is an experience to be had, not a problem to be solved.
  • Classical education ascends to excellence in cultivating the virtues, leading towards self-knowledge and a knowledge of reality that comprehends the proper order of all things. To know the whole truth of things and to think well for the sake of living well is the excellence classical education strives for: to gain self-rule and the habit of virtue. Common Core education, on the contrary, considers man’s excellence to consist of means: to work rigorously for the sake of living well—to gain self-sufficiency and the marks of worldly success. The current concept of worldly success is for the sake of economic excellence, while classical education’s end is for the sake of human excellence.

Adapted from Sean Fitzpatrick's exploration of Common Core Education vs Classical Education.

What is Veritas doing to ensure safe and responsible use of technology?

Veritas is committed to developing students who will value morality, integrity, and responsibility in all areas of their lives. Recognizing that today’s children are born into a world where technology is the norm (digital natives), we are deliberate about helping them become responsible and discerning digital citizens (Matthew 10:16). Instead of taking the passive approach of avoiding technology, or assuming kids don’t need our help in figuring out technology, we believe it is our responsibility to help shape our students into responsible contributing members of a digital society. Just as we teach our children the rules of society, it is imperative that we teach them the rules of the digital world, and how to be safe and responsible with technology.