The History of Veritas Academy
Veritas Academy was established in 2012. Consistent with the classical Christian education model, the academy offers a high rigor learning experience for students. Faith is not separate from education, but an integral part of all academic inquiry. The distinctive goal is to develop engaged citizens who are thoroughly equipped for moral contribution.
Susie Brooks was inspired to embark on this journey after becoming convinced that the essence of education should encompass goals that lead to the ultimate good for the whole society and that such “good” should be grounded in truth. Basic schooling must do everything it can to make good citizens who are able to perform the duties of citizenship with all the trained intelligence that each is able to perform. However, good is not good enough. For the Christian educator, there is only one standard for goodness. And our society has moved away from this standard, and as a result, we are severely broken.
In 2012, Susie connected with families and individuals who held the same convictions, and by 2014, together with a team of individuals committed to establishing a school that would combine high rigor academics with intentional discipleship, she began a search for an ideal location that met the basic requirements of safety and space. The current location in North Branch, MN became the home of the school. However, unanticipated circumstances led to a 14-month delay in opening the school, a setback that resulted in significant losses, including the loss of families who had intended to enroll their children in 2014. We officially opened our doors to the first three students in Fall 2015 and by 2020, we had served 60 students from 37 families. These first five years taught us many lessons. Some of the key lessons learned were:
- Families who chose Veritas valued small class sizes (our average size is 12 students per class)
- Parents enjoy the fact that their children have teachers who care about them
- Parents want a curriculum that integrates Biblical values in all aspects of learning
- Those students who succeed are the ones who enjoy our academic rigor and are willing to be challenged to achieve their highest potential
Beginning with enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year, Veritas Academy has implemented a new admissions process that includes an interview with families to ensure parents understand what our education model is, and to help them determine if their needs align with our mission.
Veritas Academy has also added a new campus located in Chisago City, one of America’s top 10 Best Communities to live in. This new campus is easily accessible and allows us to offer a residential option to both domestic and international students. To learn more about this new facility, visit our dormitory page.
There is a need for us to intervene in the brokenness of our society. Like Nehemiah in the Old Testament, Susie hears the cry of God’s people that the walls of our nation are broken down and the gates have been burned with fire (Nehemiah 1:3). Veritas is continually seeking men and women who are equipped through education and discipleship to help fulfill this mission of rebuilding our broken walls through the pursuit of knowledge, understanding and wisdom.