Taking young minds seriously

Ab initio

Girl on bench outside

Like most classical schools, the story of the Veritas Classical Academy in Marietta, Ohio began with a group of forlorn parents lamenting the limited educational choices in our community.  What brought us together was our shared belief that there must surely be a better academic model. That belief led us on a months-long intensive study of educational philosophy, history, and pedagogy.

As a result of that study, we discovered the classical model for education.  Previously unfamiliar with this approach, we learned that what was new to us was actually quite old and had a long track record of success. We learned that classical education has been around for over two millennia and that it has been responsible for educating nearly all the great minds of the Western Tradition.

We came to understand that it was only from our 21st century perspective that classical education looked like something “new.” We learned that the American public schools deviated from the classical model around the turn of the 20th century and that, as a result,  the past 100 years of American education has seen a series of failed educational fads, each worse than the one it was replacing.

At that moment we decided to join a growing wave of communities nationwide committed to “taking young minds seriously” by offering a classical education. In the fall of 2014 we opened our doors to students in grades pre-K-6 and added two grades each year thereafter.  Now we are a full Montessori-12 classical school.

If you are interested in learning more about a model for education that will allow your child to participate in what Mortimer Adler called “The Great Conversation,” or to compete in what George Washington called the “Arena of Ideas,” then give us a call, and we will be happy to tell you more about our school.

Kevin and Khadine Ritter, Austin and Wendy Rehl, and Naresh and Melisssa Nayak


Academy Oath and Affirmation of Purpose

I (STUDENT’S NAME) affirm:

That education has two purposes: the acquisition of wisdom and the cultivation of virtue.

That the acquisition of wisdom requires knowledge of moral and scientific truth for its own sake and in guidance of the will toward goodness.

That a virtuous character is constructed through willing:

Wisdom over ignorance

Justice over selfishness

Fortitude over adversity

Temperance over excess and

Prudence in the eyes of God.

I pursue these ends to order my soul and the commonwealth and accept the guidance of my teacher toward these ends.

I rightfully place God at the center of my education and ask His blessing on my efforts and on the efforts of my classmates.