Academic Programs and More…
The term Academy is generally defined as a society or institution of distinguished scholars and artists or scientists that aims to promote and maintain standards in its particular field. Merriam Webster further defines the term as a society of learned persons organized to advance art, science, or literature. As articulated in our vision statement, we at Veritas Academy, are cultivating young minds to build strong nations. We are establishing and equipping the next generation to lead with clarity and virtue. Our methods and content teach them to think clearly, cultivate wisdom and understanding, and eventually become mature adults who value truth, acknowledge God’s beauty, and do good. C.S. Lewis believed that an education must be rooted in holiness. He warned that “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man into a clever devil.” Following his example, we know that our rigorous curriculum would be meaningless if it was not grounded in a biblical foundation
Our Process and Strategies
- Careful student selection process based on aptitude for learning and parent commitment to collaboration with the school (Daniel 1:4).
- Careful teacher selection process.
- Instruction through biblical principles that yield moral character and civic virtue.
- Small class sizes for increased learning (max 12 students per class).
- Apply pedagogy-driven technology while cultivating wisdom and virtue.
- Teach Latin and expose students to the great books of Western civilization.
- Maintain accountability through accreditation.
- Uniform and dress code.
PRESCHOOL: Ages 3-5
Our Preschool is a faith based kindergarten readiness program that is the beginning stage of the educational journey at Veritas Academy. Following the scholé (restful learning) philosophy, kids play and learn in a warm and caring environment located on acres of quiet space.We partner with parents to positively focus our influence to shape the lives of children in a restful environment, starting from Preschool all the way to 12th grade. Through our emergent literacy program, we are preparing future kindergartners through a fun, faith-based kindergarten readiness curriculum.
Class hours are 9:00am – 12:00pm Monday. Parents can also choose a 2 day or 3 day option. Children ages 3 – 5 years enjoy a small class led by adults who are trained in early childhood development.
SCHOOL OF GRAMMAR: K-5th Grade
Grammar consists of language skills such as reading and the mechanics of writing. An important goal of grammar is to acquire as many words and manage as many concepts as possible so as to be able to express and understand clearly concepts of varying degrees of complexity. We utilize this very short window of time where children’s natural lean is to hear things over and over again with JOY. God created their brains like sponges, and they can learn an abundance of information they will retain throughout their lives when set to fun songs and chants.
Grammar Stage Subjects
Bible, English Language Arts, History and Geography, Math, Science, and Fine Arts form the core of the elementary curriculum and is based on topics specified by the classical Christian curriculum. A strong foundation in Math, Science and Fine Arts ensures each student’s future continued success in their coursework. The Art and Music programs include the production of art and music with Biblical and historical perspectives. With this approach, there is an academic component and expectation as well as a performance expectation. Students reenact historical events dressed in period specific costumes as well as perform in formal events. Grammar school students are also introduced to the language of Latin to help prepare them for their middle and high school Latin courses.
SCHOOL OF LOGIC: Grades 6-8
Logic (dialectic) is the science of correct reasoning. You know your child has entered this stage when they want to dig deeper. Here, the “what” and the “why” come together. This is the shortest stage, but a very important step into adolescence. We support them and allow them the space to become who God is shaping them to be, in a loving environment where the quest for truth and knowledge is applauded.
Logic Stage Subjects
Critical thinking and sound reasoning skills are developed through formal logic at this stage. It is here that students begin the exploring a variety of reasoning skills in addition to the core subjects of English Language Arts, History, Math, Science, Fine Arts and Latin.
SCHOOL OF RHETORIC: Grades 9-12
Ah, when all your teen wants to do is argue! We teach them to argue well. God gives us the ability to enter into wisdom beginning in this stage, and it will carry us through our lives. Students take formal and informal rhetoric in high school. Rhetoric is the art of persuasive speaking and writing. Having practiced public speaking since the grammar stage, they can debate well by getting their point across without tearing down their opponent. Through our speech class, students participate in mock trials, policy debate and other forms of speech. They also complete a junior thesis in 11th grade and their senior thesis in 12th grade. Students are encouraged to submit their junior thesis for entry into the Association of Classical & Christian Schools National Chrysostom Oratory Competition.
Juniors and Seniors have the option of participating in Post Secondary Education Options (PSEO) at local colleges and universities as part of their college preparation. We support them in their journey of exploring their college and career path as they discover their unique design. But they must also complete any outstanding classes at Veritas Academy before they can graduate.
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.
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.