The following is an excerpt from an essay which Erica wrote after her son transferred mid-year to Veritas from a local church sponsored Pre-K program.
Just a few months ago, I didn’t think there could be much of a variance in church Pre-K programs. Perhaps therein lies the difference. While our son was part of a program, now he is recognized as an individual child of God. To me, that is a distinct difference in the education at Veritas – that children are not a charity to be served, an objective to be tested, or a statistic to be graduated. But that each child at Veritas is an individual taught to love and serve the Lord, acquire sound knowledge, and go forth into the world to become disciples of Christ in whatever capacity God has for them. And in that difference, our child’s enthusiasm changed from “ok” to a great big, ear-to-ear, we all shout, “Pre-K!!!”
Later, Erica and her family moved to Atlanta. Read the following letter she wrote to our headmaster after a few months away from Veritas Academy.
Hello Col Robyn!
I hope you are getting a little bit of rest at the start of the new school year. I just wanted to send you a little update about what has transpired since we moved to Atlanta last fall.
My husband and I decided to homeschool our son because there were no affordable classical schools in our area. We connected with a homeschool organization, Classical Conversations, and drove 1.5 hours away each week to attend classes hosted at a local church. We liked it so much that I have started our own Classical Conversations community in Douglasville, GA, just west of Atlanta.
Our family learned so much about classical Christian education during our short time at Veritas. Yet, because of the seed that was planted, 19 homeschool families in Douglasville, GA (32 students) will begin their classical Christian education this week. These students are between Pre-K and 6th grade and they will come together once a week to learn Latin, History, Geography, Math, Science, English, and Scripture. They will also participate in fine arts, science experiments, and oral presentations. In the afternoon, the 4th-6th graders will be taught English grammar and composition using IEW.
I just wanted to say "thank you" on behalf of all the families here for the good work that Veritas is doing. May you be encouraged in your daily efforts.
Name three things you like about Veritas Academy.
• The qualified, faithful and educated teachers.
• The curriculum that is challenging yet focused on God’s involvement in and through every human throughout history.
• The leadership and support of the parents, teachers and administration.
James and Heidi Borgwardt
• Challenging academics
• Positive peer influences
• Christian adult role models
• Small student-teacher ratio
• Excellent weekly communication
• Respectful manners required
Why did you choose Veritas Academy?
Fred and Debra Blackburn
Eleventh Grade Parents
First, my son was struggling to fit in at a much larger school where teachers simply did not have the time to work with students individually. He was “falling through the cracks”. Second, my wife and I were not only impressed by the student body at Veritas but felt like “kindred spirits” with both the staff and parents. We have the same values and the Biblical based curriculum was exactly what we wanted for our son.
The Homework Story
As I was helping my children with their homework, the doorbell rang. It was a small neighborhood child, Jeremiah, who frequently comes to the front door asking to play with our children. He goes to the local public school down the street. Our daughter went to the door and told him that everyone was doing homework and couldn't play right now. "Homework!" he exclaimed. Hearing our neighbor asking to play, my six year old son, who was building a lego model of the Great Wall of China for his first grade geography report, ran to the door and grabbed Jeremiah's hand pulling him eagerly into the living room. With intense excitement, he said, "Jeremiah, look, I'm making the Big Wall in China with my legos!" After Jeremiah left and we all got back to our homework, I considered what my children were doing while Jeremiah continued to wander from door to door looking for someone to play with. My thirteen year old was asking me to print a copy of his paper on Uniformitarianism vs. Catastrophism (a debate over creation vs. evolution), my eleven year old was writing a report on Ancient Rome, my ten year old was practicing "O When the Saints Go Marching In" on her recorder for music class, and my eight year old was working on writing his own fairly tale in the room next to my six year old son who was building the Great Wall of China. Homework time is not always an encouraging time in my house. There can be moaning, groaning, tears, sweat and blood sometimes. However, at this moment I was encouraged. I paused for a moment of thankfulness that Veritas is building, for my children, an educational foundation that is being built on solid rock rather than on sinking sand like so many of the children in our own neighborhood. I know that though sometimes I may not see all of the benefits of an education built on a Christ-centered world view, one day my children will reap the rewards as they engage in a culture that has built their ideas on sinking sand. Thank you Veritas for all you are doing for my family.
My husband and I could not be more pleased with Veritas Academy! Our four year old daughter is memorizing Bible verses! She knows sixteen verses which she proudly recites for family members, friends, and our church pastors. I always tell them that she didn’t learn them from me but at Veritas Academy! And of course she is learning a whole lot more. Our daughter has grown so much this year – learning about God, reading, math, and maturing socially. And she is having a great time! She is so happy to be a student at Veritas. She loves to wear her uniform in public places (after I pick her up from school) and to tell everyone, “I go to Veritas Academy!”