Veritas and Athletics

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize (1 Corinthians 9:24).

Athletics at Veritas Academy provides opportunities for students to learn sportsmanship within a Biblical context. Since God has seen fit to integrate the material and the immaterial, the visible and the invisible, we strive to teach our students that God is glorified in how they use their bodies, as well as their minds and spirits. Beginning with physical education in the lower grades, we instill in our students the Biblical principles found in the following  Scripture verses:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength (Mark 12:30).

For whether you eat or sleep, or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God (I Corinthians 10:31).

Just as children need to learn the sounds of letters before they can read, so children need to learn the skills of movement before they can play a game. Some of these skills are acquired naturally; no one has to teach children how to walk. They learn by observing and experimenting. Other skills such as stability, manipulative, and some locomotion skills, require sound instruction and practice. It is useless for a three-year-old with little dexterity and coordination to ride a bicycle if he hasn’t mastered using his training wheels. A child who cannot stack building blocks at age seven will naturally have difficulty creating more complex projects. Stability skills are movements that help children become oriented to their bodies, “How far can my body stretch? How do I stop my body? Which side is my right, and which side is your right?” Locomotor movements are the fundamental ways the body moves from one point to another. In grades K-2, for example, children are encouraged to perfect their skipping skills. In grades 3-6, proficiency in skipping may translate to a basketball lay-up or dance step. Once children know how to move with a sense of fluidity, they are ready to control an object outside of their body. To control an object requires mastering of manipulative skills.

Locomotor, stability, and manipulative skills are heavily utilized in learning recreational games and achieving overall fitness. Since the emphasis in the grammar school is learning and practicing skills (starting to build muscle memory), nurturing a child’s character in physical education should occur under that principle. Although we encourage students to play intensely, the goal at this stage is not victory, but to honor God through good sportsmanship and skill development. Since it takes consistent, repetitive practice to master these skills, physical education takes place in the grammar stage as often as possible, but as a minimum of twice a week for 30 -45 minutes so that the students can warm-up, stretch, receive a lesson, practice, cool down, and properly return equipment to storage.

In the logic and rhetoric stages, students begin to take athletics seriously as their interests and skills become more developed. Athletics options include track, swimming, skiing, soccer, baseball, golf and tennis. Students not participating in competitive sports are still required to participate in physical education.

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.

Caring Teachers

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.

Christian Values

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.

Academic Acceleration

We place students according to their ability, not age. Children who are bright often display signs that they need more from their educational situation. Learn more.

What Everyone Is Saying About Veritas

Veritas is a beautiful classical school. Leadership goes above and beyond for ALL students. Every child’s needs are met as they are taught and built up within a classical model. Students are not just taught but immersed in a Biblical worldview. Foundational Biblical principles are integrated into all the subjects across all grades. Transition from other educational models is seamlessly supported. Staff and teachers are proactive and caring to the smallest detail. Education at Veritas, where students are nurtured into emotional and spiritual maturity while maintaining the academic rigor of classical education, is a gift that will follow your child all the days of their life.

Parent of 4 Veritas Students

When it comes to education from the heart, our family trusts Veritas. We don’t have to worry that our child is lost in the curve because she’s getting what feels like an individualized education, which puts her ahead of it!

Parent of Kindergarten Student

Veritas Academy prepared my child for college. At 16, he is already making an impression at the university where he is in the dual enrollment program. His biology professor said his papers are some of the best first time college papers she has ever seen. That is because Veritas prepares students well.

Parent of a High School Junior

When it came time to enroll our child in school, our family was torn. Do we do what everyone else doe