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:

  1. Families who chose Veritas valued small class sizes (our average size is 12 students per class)
  2. Parents enjoy the fact that their children have teachers who care about them
  3. Parents want a curriculum that integrates Biblical values in all aspects of learning
  4. 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.

The Need

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.


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 does just because it is the norm? We knew a class of 20 plus students was not going to be a good fit for our child. Would the teacher love our child as we do? Is it possible to truly know a child when there are so many children and so much to do? These were just some of the questions we didn’t have answers to. Then we found Veritas Academy. Class sizes were small, instruction was differentiated to the individual students, and there were no barriers. If the class finished the Kindergarten curriculum they could move onto first grade curriculum.  Students would learn so much!  Rhetoric, Latin, the arts, GOD. We want the best life for our child. A best life starts with a strong foundation. Veritas Academy is that foundation. We couldn’t be happier with our choice to choose Veritas.

Parent of Kindergarten Student

When my children started school at Veritas Academy, they were 3 1/2  and 5 1/2 years old. The school recognized my children’s abilities right away, and taught them at their skill level instead of their ages. Today, my 8 year old is taking 5th grade math and my 10 year old is taking pre-algebra. And the school doesn’t stop at that. During the summer months, they assign reading and math summer work for students who choose to do extra work. My children love this, and their teachers meet with them to go over the problems. Because of the school’s commitment to students,  my children are motivated to learn because they are challenged at their skill level instead of being held back due to their ages.