Beyond the Classroom
Beyond the Classroom
Lives marked not just by intellect and accomplishment, but also by effective leadership, a spirit of excellence, and personal virtue.
Veritas Academy’s approach has been influenced by the ideas of a mid-nineteenth century British educator of children, Charlotte Mason. Mason emphasized the use of “living books” and “living ideas,” the first-hand study of nature, and the importance of imagination and free play to the learning process. Opportunities outside of the core academic offerings, like Fine Arts and electives, Athletics in the Schools of Logic and Rhetoric, the optional Scholé Day in the Grammar School, our Student Life program in the Schools of Logic and Rhetoric, provide additional opportunity for the cultivation of wonder and delight as our students grow in leadership, excellence, and virtue. A classical education should not be rigid or dull, but full of life, and a collaborative education honors parents as the primary cultivators of that wonder!
"Parents are primary but not solitary.”
As a school, we earnestly walk out the UMSI charge to “strengthen Christian families and values” by intentionally working to both empower and equip our parents to walk in their God-given authority with their children. As parents disciple their children in their efforts here on campus, in their school@home satellite classrooms, in their extracurricular activities, and during all the time spent together as a family, we hope to guide parents in forming connected, influential relationships with their kids that will span a lifetime.
This is the core of Family Ministry – to impart the vision of being primary in parent’s minds and to help them walk it out effectively.
The English term school is derived from the Greek term scholé which, to the surprise of many, is best translated as "leisure." The Grammar School Scholé Day provides the opportunity for students to partake in leisurely and meaningful learning experiences on Fridays, which extends the standard Grammar School schedule from two days a week on campus to three days, with half- and full-day options. There are no additional school@home assignments for Scholé, as all learning is hands-on and discovery-based!
With the recent addition of a third Friday afternoon option, the History/Science Friday, GS students may work through the history and science curriculum with a teacher at Veritas, so that your family can recover more leisure time at home.
Student Life in the Schools of Logic and Rhetoric exists to provide moments of leisure, leadership, and service throughout and beyond the school day. School of Logic students get a taste of the fun ahead during recess and at occasional after-school game nights, dances, and events.
After matriculating into the School of Rhetoric, each student is inducted into one of four houses: Augustine, Bonhoeffer, Francis, or Müller. The School of Rhetoric house system provides an ongoing competition that invites every student an instant place of belonging and serves to increase the interaction between students of different grade levels. With 20-30 minutes dedicated each day to Assembly, interest- and ministry-related club meetings, and house intramural competitions, SR students have plenty of opportunity for pursuing curiosities, building community, and engaging in friendly competition.
"Our aim in education is to give a full life. We owe it to [our children] to initiate an immense number of interests. Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time; not all doing or all feeling or all thinking—the strain would be too great—but, all living; that is to say, we should be in touch wherever we go, whatever we hear, whatever we see, with some manner of vital interest."
The fine arts are part of God’s creation. As such, fine arts are intended to bring glory to our Heavenly Father. Christians are commanded to be different from the world around them, and this should be reflected in our performers. The Fine Art Department of Veritas Academy seeks to educate students in a discipline-based approach wherein production, history, aesthetics & theory are paramount in order that through the mastery of the skills and knowledge of these disciplines, students may worship God and appreciate His creation more deeply, develop a lifelong passion for the fine arts, grow discernment and create artwork that would glorify our creative Lord.
In alignment with the Veritas Academy mission, the Athletics Department seeks to support Christian families and their student-athletes as they compete in team and individual competitions. The coaching staff is committed to giving each athlete guidance throughout the season, encouraging Christ-like character and conduct on and off the field. Veritas Academy athletes should model Jesus Christ both on and off the field/court of athletic competition, obeying the commands to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind" and "Love your neighbor as yourself."
“Children have two basic needs, writes Erich Fromm in The Art of Loving: they need both milk and honey from their parents. Milk symbolizes the care given to physical needs... Honey symbolizes the sweetness of life, that special quality that makes life sing with enjoyment for all it holds.”
The Academic and College Advising program seeks to support Veritas families and their students as they prepare for higher education. Head to the College Advising page to view our School Profile, acceptances & matriculation information, and more!
You've become familiar with Veritas beyond the classroom, so we now invite you to consider what life beyond Veritas itself can be! Take a look at photos from our Homecoming football games and hear directly from some of our wonderful alumni.
The Friends of Veritas Newsletter is our quarterly update that is sent to grandparents, alumni, and other friends of Veritas. With highlights and spotlights from around campus, it's a great read to learn more about our Defender community!