Taking young minds seriously

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Veritas Academy’s admission requirements?   Students are admitted to the Academy based on the combined strengths of their family’s application and interview.  Examinations may be given for the purpose of grade placement, but generally no examination is required for admittance. Kindergarten applicants are given an assessment as part of the application process to ensure they are prepared for our curriculum.  High school students are required to write an essay during the interview to assess their writing skills, content clarity, and penmanship.

Why do you cluster grades?  At Veritas, we believe that the practice of assigning a child to a grade based on his age is largely arbitrary.  Instead, we cluster the 1st and 2nd grades, 3rd and 4th grades, and 5th and 6th grades to accomplish several goals.  First, the children receive the benefit of continuity from having the same primary instructor for two years.  Second, the older children are expected to model good behavior and virtue to their younger classmates.  Third, the younger children are inspired to achieve beyond their grade level by the example of the older students.

How do you know classical education works?   Classical education has a track record of success unrivaled by the modern educational fads.  Classical instruction has a history of more than 2,000 years.  The great minds of the Western Tradition have been classically educated since the time of ancient Greece and Rome.  Many of our country’s own Founding Fathers were classically educated.

Veritas Classical Academy is part of a growing movement to rekindle the classical method.  There are hundreds of classical schools in the U.S. and their graduates are moving on to the colleges and universities of their choice well-prepared for higher studies.  Classically trained young adults are equipped with intellectual tools that allow them to read, think, write, and speak well.  Most importantly, classical schools focus not just on a student’s intellectual abilities but also their character.  Classical education strives to produce citizen leaders, endowed with virtue, who will lead moral lives in the service of God and country.

Is the program Christian in nature?   Veritas Academy employs a curriculum based on traditional Judeo-Christian principals and Greco-Roman traditions.  The policy of Veritas Academy is to reaffirm and respect religious practices learned at home provided they are complimentary to our curriculum and school mission.  We do not teach theology; this is left to the parents.  Instead, ours is a virtue-based education.  To better understand the role of religion in our curriculum, please click here.

Why do you teach Latin? Please click here to learn why our students learn Latin.

Are you accredited?   This is a common question innocently posed by inquiring parents who seek to ensure a quality education for their children. To those parents, our answer is “no,” and our decision to eschew the accreditation process was conscious from the start.  In fact, many private schools skip accreditation.  If you thought the accredited public educational system was meeting the needs of our nation’s students you would not be reading this. Another way to make this point is to ask, “Why would we seek accreditation or approval from the same state educational system with whom we disagree?”  The desire to provide something better for our students was one of the prime motivations for our school’s founders.

Now, there are those who ask the same question, “Are you accredited?” who do not have the best interests of their children at heart. This question is often asked by opponents of private education who wish to cast dispersion and doubt upon private schools.  “Your kids won’t get a diploma.”  “They won’t receive transcripts.”  “They won’t be eligible for scholarship monies.”  And, “They won’t be able to get into college or the military academies if they go to a non-accredited school.”  In each case, these common but spurious charges are incorrect.  Students who graduate from Veritas Classical Academy will receive a diploma.  They will have access to transcripts when applying to college.  They will be eligible for hundreds of different scholarship and grant programs.  And they can attend college or a military academy just like public school graduates or home-schooled students.

We have consulted with similar private unaccredited schools with many more years of existence than ours, and their graduates have had no difficulty in gaining admission to college.  We have also specifically inquired with large and small, public and private colleges and universities, as well as the military service academies, about their admission requirements and our students’ eligibility, and all have confirmed that our graduates are eligible for admission.  Moreover, all have stated that our lack of accreditation is irrelevant – they seek students with high test scores, good interviews, and strong applications.

Does the Veritas Classical Academy program include any aspect of outcome-based education?   Our curriculum, by design, rejects outcome-based education, with its emphasis on personal feelings and counterfeit self-esteem.  Likewise, our curriculum is not aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  Instruction at Veritas Academy relies on well-established pedagogical techniques and a curriculum that stresses facts, logical concepts, and intelligent language.

Does your curriculum incorporate diversity?  Ideas are color-blind.  Our students study worthy ideas regardless of their origin or age in order to participate in the great conversation that takes place across cultures and time with the greatest minds in history.  In this, we adhere to noted African-American writer and theorist W.E.B. DuBois’ sentiments:

    “I sit with Shakespeare, and he winces not.  Across the color line I move arm and arm with Balzac and Dumas, where smiling men and welcoming women glide in gilded halls.  From out of the caves of evening that swing between the strong-limbed Earth and the tracery of stars, I summon Aristotle and Aurelius and what soul I will, and they come all graciously with no scorn nor condescension.”                                                                        

How do you assess the effectiveness of your program?   All students in grades 3-10 take the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. Our students have consistently performed an average of 2 grade levels higher than the national test scores.

Do you offer special education programs for children with dyslexia or learning disabilities?   We do not offer special programs for students exhibiting learning difficulties. Rather, small class sizes and extensive personal attention from teachers permit our students to grasp each subject offered using traditional teaching methods.

What qualifications do your teachers have?   All of our teachers have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree.  Several of our teachers have Masters and PhD degrees.  Our teachers must have an understanding of classical education, be fully committed to our school mission, be exceptional role models, and be knowledgeable in their subject areas.

Do you offer after-school supervision?   From time to time, our school offers various optional after-school programs, some are free of charge and some are offered at an additional cost.  The after-school activities are not designed to be a child care service but rather an additional academic, athletic, or extracurricular opportunity.  Program offerings are subject to change but may include Drama Club, Chess Club, Cicero Club (speech and debate), art instruction, volleyball, tennis, and basketball.  For more information, please contact us at info@veritasmarietta.com.

Is there a parent service commitment?   Volunteers are essential to the success of our academy.  They not only help keep our costs down, they help foster our sense of community and they set an example for our students.  Parents are required to contribute a minimum of 25 service hours per year to the school.  We encourage parents and other family members to volunteer beyond this commitment.  There are many short- and long-term volunteer opportunities available.  For more information click here.

How many students are enrolled at the Academy?   We opened our doors with 37 students in 2014 and grew by leaps and bounds in the following years.  This year (2017-18), we have 127 students enrolled.  We have wait lists for most grades.  Families may apply for enrollment as early as two years before their children’s start date.