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.
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 curricul