Sciences at Veritas
Science seeks explanations of the natural world. Teaching science consists of the following main components:
- Body of knowledge
- Inquiry process skills
- Values and attitudes associated with scientific inquiry
Veritas Academy approaches all of its teaching from a Biblical worldview. Therefore, our values and attitudes associated with scientific inquiry are shaped by a Biblical worldview. As such, we recognize that the nature and source of knowledge is God’s revelation, both general and specific. He [God] is before all things, and in him all things hold together ( Col. 1:17 New International Version). The following statements are critical to our approach in teaching science:
- There is no conflict between scientific investigation and discoveries with a biblical world view (Gen. 1:1, Heb. 11:3)
- Biblical morality and ethics must guide our scientific investigation (Rom. 1:21-25, Prov. 12:10, Matt. 10:31, Prov. 25:2)
- A basic education includes a fundamental understanding of scientific investigation as well as foundational history of scientific development through the ages (1 Kings 4:29-34)
Habits of mind are crucial in our teaching because they force us to recognize that teaching science involves helping students to understand and adopt values and attitudes associated with what we are teaching (Reddy, et al., 1998). Reddy (1998) argues that good thinking involves knowledge, skills, and dispositions of thoughtfulness. Thoughtfulness at Veritas Academy must align with a Biblical worldview. There is not enough time to acquire all knowledge in the 13-14 years of a student’s life at Veritas Academy, or the rest of their life. Therefore, our goal is not to limit them to the content we provide, but to teach them to develop good thinking skills through inquiry. Inquiry is the careful and systematic method of asking questions and seeking explanations (Abruscato & DeRosa, 2010, p. 43). Our strategies are influenced by this assumption, and they include the following inquiry methods based on the National Science Education Standards:
- Reviewing experimental evidence
- Using tools to gather, analyze, and interpret data
- Proposing answers, explanations and predictions
- Identifying assumptions, using critical and logical thinking, and considering alternative explanations
Small Class Sizes
The Veritas Academy small class sizes translate to fewer interruptions, more time for instruction and the opportunity for teachers to get to know each student as an individual. Learn more.
Showing students we care about them helps us create a supportive environment where learning can flourish. Students learn very quickly that their teachers care about them. Learn more.
Our biblical values are foundational and are instrumental in training students to be good, loving and disciplined students with emphasis on growing in the knowledge of the Lord. Learn more.
Veritas Academy serves students who are not being served by a typical public or private school curriculum due to the fact that the curriculum is too low-level or too slow-paced. Learn more.