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School Spotlight: Veritas Academy of Tucson

Veritas Academy of Tucson campus

Veritas Academy of Tucson is a private K-12 Christian Classical University Model™ School.

Designed to “encourage a high level of academic achievement as well as strong ties between parents and their children,” Veritas offers a unique blend of homeschooling and campus-based learning. K-6 students are on-campus two days a week between 8:30am-3:30pm and then in their home satellite classroom on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Students in grades 7-10 have three days of on-campus learning and two days at home.

The University Model™ means that students have a university-type schedule. They receive professional instruction at school two or three days a week, then study for their classes at home two or three days a week under a parent’s guidance. In K-3, students have one teacher for the core subjects and separate teachers for the enrichment classes of art, music, and PE. From Fourth Grade and up, students have multiple instructors – math, grammar & composition, literature, latin, music, art, science, history, and physical education.

Because Veritas follows a classical curriculum, they utilize the Trivium, an educational method consisting of three phases: grammar, logic, and rhetoric, corresponding to the three main stages of childhood development. For example, the grammar phase (K-6) emphasizes the mastery of basic facts and memorization in the core subjects. Ask any child at Veritas to recite a poem, a piece of scripture, or a history song – and you’ll find they are more than capable! Even the Kindergarteners!

In addition to math and language arts, all students also take music and art. In K-2, students focus on voice and rhythm. 3rd graders learn recorder. All students take Strings in 4th and 5th grades (either violin or guitar), Student-Produced Opera in 6th and 7th graders, and Choir in 8th-12th. There is also a phenomenal art program with different focuses for each grade level (exploring mediums, famous artists throughout history, etc.).

Latin is taught in grades 1-9. Song school Latin starts in First Grade. Formal instruction starts at Third Grade. High school students can opt to take AP Latin.

Most Veritas students are a minimum of one grade level ahead in math and in all other subject areas (example: all 1st graders take Saxon 2).

Veritas students tend to excel in academics, athletics, and in the arts. Even so, the Head of School and board members are quick to point out that what matters most is that the children love God and love others. The goal of a University Model™ School is to develop college-worthy lifelong disciples of Christ.

Veritas Academy of Tucson AT A GLANCE

Type of School: private, Grades K-12

Accreditation: Veritas is certified with the University-Model™ Schools International (UMSI), members of the Association of Christian Classical Schools (ACCS), Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and Christian Schools International (CSI). Veritas is working on joint accreditation with CSI, ACSI and AdvancEd.

Location: Currently meeting at Book of Life Community Church, 2151 N. Palo Verde Blvd., Tucson.

Number of students: 135

Student/Teacher ratio: Roughly 10:1 in K-2 and 11:1 for 3rd-12th

Distinctives:

  • CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN CURRICULUM
  • UNIVERSITY-MODEL
  • RIGOROUS, COLLEGE PREP EDUCATION
  • STRONG SENSE OF COMMUNITY
  • SMALL CLASS SIZES
  • INSTRUCTION IN LATIN
  • EMPHASIS ON MEMORY WORK AND RECITATIONS in School of Grammar (K-6)
  • QUALITY MUSIC AND ART CLASSES ACROSS ALL GRADE LEVELS
  • A LA CARTE CLASSES FOR JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS - For example, a homeschool family might register their teen for Biology and Geometry through Veritas.

Admissions: The Admissions process is designed to thoroughly inform our prospective families so that they understand the Mission and Vision of Veritas, as well as understanding the nuts and bolts of the unique partnership between home and campus classrooms. Families will discover whether Veritas is the right fit through school info meetings, optional enhanced school tours, a family interview, and student assessments.

Tuition: Annual tuition rates are as follows -

  • K-6: $4,980
  • Grades 7-12: $6,708
  • 70% of Veritas students are fully funded through AZ tax credits. Discounts are also available for families with 3 or more students.

Uniforms: Yes

Bus service: No

Cafeteria: Students bring their own lunch.

Foreign language: Latin in grades 1-10; French in high school.

Kindergarten: Full-day, T/TH only, 8:30am-3:30pm. MWF are homeschool days.

Sports: Physical Education is part of the school curriculum through grade 8. Veritas Academy also offers sports for 6th-12th grade students – soccer, volleyball, basketball, etc. – through the Tucson Independent Athletic League. 

Clubs: Clubs and extracurricular activities vary each year. Past offerings have included: First Lego League Robotics Team, ballet, tap, tennis, Latin Club, Chess Club, Girls On The Run, handbells, and violin.

Teachers: Veritas focuses on hiring teachers who love Jesus, love students and love their subjects; in that order. Veritas teachers are experienced teachers with a high level of training, especially in their area of expertise. Over one-third of the staff have Masters degrees.

School Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays for K-6; 8:30am-3:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for grade 7-12

Social Media: Follow Veritas Academy of Tucson on Facebook and Instagram.

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