Veritas at a Glance
Training Hearts and Minds for the Glory of God
Here at Veritas, we aim to produce men and women of wisdom and virtue; winsome valiants full of wit, grace, and grit—that cultivated character of quiet resolve, intense spirit, and resilient courage—that leads to a fulfilled life of meaningful substance, betterment of self and others, and a lifelong quest for Truth. Veritas is blessed to partner with families and faculty who are passionate about engaging in the lives of their children and students, and who relish the opportunity to disciple and educate the hearts and minds of those God has entrusted to their care in this special model of education. I invite you to consider where you might fit into this vibrant, encouraging, and purposeful Defender Community.
Jef Fowler, Head of School
The mission of Veritas Academy is to minister to families by partnering with Christian parents to provide for their children a classical education founded upon a Biblical worldview so that these children may commence a lifelong pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding in their purposeful and passionate service of Jesus Christ, for the glory of God. Veritas Academy has adopted a university-model approach, which integrates professional classroom instruction with parent mentored study and character development to achieve a college-preparatory level of academic excellence.
God brought together four families to start Veritas Academy. Within days of initially discussing this unique school model with mutual friends in early 2004, three of our founding family moms decided to meet and explore this concept further. Their first meetings were exciting and overwhelming at the same time. What did God have in mind for them, for their children, and their community? Each agreed that this model represented a noteworthy alternative to the educational choices available in Austin, but much prayer and diligent investigation was required to discover God’s will for their individual families.
In contrast to modern education which seeks to train for a job or a career, classical Christian education prepares students to be excellent learners, rigorous thinkers, and effective doers. Essentially, the goal of classical Christian education is formation, not merely information. By analyzing the great ideas of Western civilization and holding them to the light of Scripture, wisdom and virtue are an integral part of classroom discussions and student learning. This also forces the focus of education to shift from what we know to who we are becoming.
Education is never neutral. It is more than the mere transmission of facts; it involves the communication of life principles and values and, therefore, requires a spiritual context. Because God created, sustains, and will consummate all things through His Son, Jesus Christ, we believe that facts, whether mathematical, historical, scientific, or otherwise, can only represent truth if they are taught in the context of a Christian worldview. This belief lays the foundation for our partnership with families and permeates our goals, our teaching methods, and curriculum as we purposefully and passionately serve Jesus Christ, for the glory of God.
A University-Model School® integrates challenging academics, student engagement, and Christ-like character development while affirming the parents’ role as the primary influence in their children’s lives by redirecting time from the school to the family. The UMS approach employs a university-style schedule adapted to the elementary, junior, and senior high levels, gradually preparing and releasing students towards age-appropriate independence and organization. Professional teachers, instructing in their areas of expertise, conduct central classroom instruction and provide direction for school@home days and assignments.
The aim of classical education at Veritas Academy goes beyond preparing students for college or the workforce, but is focused on producing men and women of wisdom and virtue. As image bearers of God, students are trained to know and love the true, the good, and the beautiful, culminating in a virtuous life. Students educated in this tradition reason, think logically, examine arguments, and communicate effectively both in written and spoken word.
Veritas Academy has implemented and follows a thorough admissions process in an attempt to assist families who strongly desire a classical, Christian education with an emphasis on character development and parental involvement. As you walk through this journey and discern the best educational environment for your children and family, please remember that we are here to walk with you. We are eager to meet and connect with your family as you are looking towards the 2022-2023 school year! Please let us know if you would like to Request More Information or RSVP for an Open House.
The Family Ministries department exists as a way to minister to families as they navigate the many different roles parents fill in a University-Model® School.
Beyond the Classroom
We seek to provide ample opportunities for the cultivation of wonder & delight as our students grow in leadership, excellence, and virtue. A classical education should not be rigid or dull, but full of life!