Guiding Principles & Methodology
Guiding Principles & Methodology
At Veritas Academy, we aim to support Christian families and the local church by providing a classical, Christian education that preserves and strengthens the family relationship through increased time together. Both the educational approach and the model endorse the pursuit of virtue and wisdom in order to develop life-long learners, Christ followers, and responsible citizens. We currently offer grades PreSchool through 12 with class sizes generally ranging from 14 to 18 students per class to foster individualized instruction and to enhance learning opportunities.
3 Core Components
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 will permeate our goals and objectives, our teaching methods, and our curriculum.
The University-Model® integrates challenging academics, student activities, and Christ-like character development and affirms 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. Paid professional teachers teaching in their areas of expertise conduct central classroom instruction.
Grammar School students attend classes two days per week, while older students attend school three-five days per week. Students spend alternate days at home where parents continue the instruction or monitor student progress. Teachers provide parents with detailed lesson plans and instructions for days spent at home. Parents need not have teaching experience but must commit the time to actively engage, direct, instruct, and mentor their students.
The UMS approach caters to a wide variety of student needs by allowing a range of enrollment and course request opportunities. Much like courses listed in a college catalog, each course description contains information about the course, prerequisites, and parental involvement required for that class. Tuition is paid on a per course basis; however, to receive a diploma from Veritas Academy, certain residency and course credit requirements must be met.
The classical method of education is a three-stage approach to instruction with the goal of producing graduates who have mastered the art of learning so that they may skillfully acquire and apply knowledge, reason critically, and articulate persuasively. Sometimes referred to as the Trivium (Latin for “three ways”), this approach consists of the grammar, logic, and rhetoric stages, each building upon its predecessor.
Basic factual content and rules -- the grammar -- of any given subject must first be mastered; then an understanding of how to apply the facts -- the logic -- must be discerned; and finally, the ability to synthesize the foregoing into an articulate argument -- the rhetoric -- must be developed. The Biblical equivalent to this progression is found in the admonition to pursue knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.
Classical education organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child’s mind. The curricular emphasis during the grammar school years is on learning basic facts and figures during the time when children love to memorize (and when they are best at doing so). The subsequent emphasis during the middle school years on logic and analysis trains students to think critically and deeply about subjects, both academic and otherwise. This emphasis corresponds with the middle-school student’s bent toward exploration, questioning, and a desire for deeper understanding. Finally, the emphasis during the high school years shifts toward honing rhetorical skills, including writing. This shift prepares students to write college-level theses, utilizing their grasp of proper grammar as well their ability to think logically and critically. The structure of the Trivium recognizes that though there is much overlap, an ideal time and place exists for each part of learning: memorization, argumentation, and self-expression.
In the Grammar School, students in grades PreSchool-4 attend classes on campus two days per week (M/W). Beginning in the School of Logic, students in grades 5-7 attend classes on campus three days per week (M/W/F), with 8th graders adding a half day of T/Th classes to their schedule. By the time students are in the School of Rhetoric and in grades 9-12, they attend school five days per week. This university-style schedule gradually prepares and releases students towards age-appropriate independence and organization, with professional teachers providing instruction in their area of expertise in the classroom.
On days that students are not attending classes on campus, they are continuing their learning at home with a parent. Veritas teachers provide parents with detailed lesson plans and instructions for days spent at home. Parents need not have teaching experience, but must commit the time to actively engage, direct, instruct, and mentor their students.
- Veritas Academy is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Texas.
- Veritas Academy is independently operated and governed (not church-affiliated).
- Veritas Academy is a non-denominatinal Christian school and ministry to Christian families.
- Veritas Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (AdvancedEd).