The following are a few of the most frequently asked questions our teachers and staff are presented with when they meet new families who are interested in the school. We hope that these will help answer a few of your inquiries. Please feel free to contact us with any other questions you may have.
1- What does Veritas mean? Veritas is Latin word which means “Truth.”
2- Where do you hold your classes? Independent Presbyterian Church graciously hosts our Grammar School classes in the Axson Education Building and our Logic School classes in the Oglethorpe Room. Our Rhetoric School is graciously hosted by St. John’s Episcopal Church and meets at Cranmer Hall located in the heart of historic Savannah.
3- What is the size of your student body? Currently, Veritas Academy has more than 130 students enrolled in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.
4- What is the student-teacher ratio? Veritas offers small class sizes with 10-12 students per classroom teacher.
5- Are you an accredited school? Veritas Academy is certified by the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC) with its highest level of accreditation (Accredited With Quality). This status provides eligibility for the HOPE Scholarship, acceptance of transcripts at universities and colleges, and transfer of credits to other accredited schools. Our status as a “Non-Traditional Education Center” under-scores our role in assisting parents in the education of their children, provides great flexibility in our curriculum and operations, and precludes expenses that do not contribute to our mission. Because we are not considered an official “school” in the State of Georgia, Veritas parents must register their children in Georgia or South Carolina as “home-schooled.”
6- Is Veritas affiliated with any religious denomination? Veritas Academy is an explicitly Christian school and our doctrinal foundation is Presbyterian and Reformed. Although Independent Presbyterian Church (IPC) graciously supports our work and allows us to use its facilities, Veritas Academy has a separate Board of Directors and is not directly governed by IPC. Our Board, Staff & Faculty hold to the basic doctrines espoused in the Westminster Confession of Faith. Our students come from families belonging to a variety of Christian churches and denominations; including Presbyterian, Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, and non-denominational. All academic subjects are presented with the Biblical worldview fully integrated so that students learn to discover the Creator's hand at work and to "think God's thoughts after Him."
7- What is a classical school? By “classical,” we mean that Veritas Academy is classical in content and methodology. The core of the curriculum is an integrated study of the humanities. History is studied in depth and its time-line provides the structure to which we peg great and time-proven literature, music, and art. Latin is required of all full-curriculum students beginning with the third grade level. Methodologically we follow the classical Trivium of grammar (with substantial memorization at the elementary school level), logic (learning to argue correctly in middle school), and rhetoric (emphasizing polished oral and written presentations in high school).
8- What is meant by a Christian school? As a Christian school, we seek to exalt Jesus Christ as the One by Whom, through Whom, and for Whom all of creation exists. As He is the Truth (‘Veritas’ in Latin), all education rightly leads to knowledge of Him. This means that every subject is taught as part of an integrated whole from the perspective of Christian truth. Our students are trained to develop a Biblical worldview so that they will think God’s thoughts after Him, discover His hand at work in every realm of existence, and pursue truth, beauty, and righteousness all their days. Our carefully selected faculty, staff and board model Christian living and encourage each student to grow in faith.
9- What is a “condensed” school day? By “condensed,” we mean shortened, but focused and full. Because Veritas Academy is “covenantal” (family-based), parental responsibility for the education of their children is recognized and will not be usurped. Parental involvement is encouraged, indeed, required. Consequently, the Veritas Academy Grammar Stage requires considerable at-home involvement by parents. Additionally, we are a home-school friendly institution, thus a majority of our classes are open to home-school students to plug-in on an as needed basis. The hours of our classes are:
8:00AM-12:00PM for Grades Pre-K –6
8:00AM-1:30PM for Grades 7-12
10- What does a Veritas student’s day look like? School mornings are taken up with academic classroom work. This includes mathematics, language arts, Latin, history, and science. Afternoons are devoted to home-based academic work, requiring considerable involvement of parents. Veritas Academy’s reading lists are robust and rooted in the classics. Our expectation is that since the afternoon is not being spent sitting in a classroom, a significant block of time will be committed to reading, homework, and other educational activities at home. Consequently, late afternoons and evenings are more free for family-based activities and enrichment pursuits. Music lessons, athletics, ballet, scouting, and other such activities may be enjoyed at a more leisurely pace than would otherwise be possible as a result of our condensed day philosophy.
11- What are the tuition rates? Please contact the office or pick up a tuition rate sheet.
12- Are there admission requirements? At least one parent must be a Christian, having a credible profession of faith and being a member of a Christian church. After an application is submitted, parents are interviewed and students are tested for placement in the correct grade level. We are not staffed currently to accomodate students with severe learning disabilities. Veritas Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin.
13- Does Veritas offer extracurricular activities? We offer many extra-curricular opportunities, including drama, art, field trips, basketball for boys and girls, flag football for boys, volleyball for girls, and various other activities and sports.
Rhetoric School Frequently Asked Questions
As we are expanding our Rhetoric School, we are receiving questions about the vision and logistics of the 9th-12th grade classes. Please read the brochure and FAQs documents below for answers to questions you may have.