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 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, Spanish, 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, dialectic, 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 with 32 facts/events for a set period of history – 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 have Strings in 4th and 5th grades (currently focusing on guitar), student-produced opera for 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 (example: all 1st graders take Saxon 2).
Students at Veritas are excelling in the core subjects and 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
- CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN CURRICULUM – Classical education is a conscious return to the academic disciplines and methodologies which sparked the rise of Western Christendom for the past 1000 years.
- UNIVERSITY-MODEL – Students 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.
- RIGOROUS, COLLEGE PREP EDUCATION
- STRONG SENSE OF COMMUNITY
- SMALL CLASS SIZES – Average class size is 11.
- EMPHASIS ON MEMORY WORK AND RECITATIONS in School of Grammar (K-6)
- MUSIC AND ART
- 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. Physics and Pre-Calculus will be offered in 2019-20.
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: $4,812
- Grades 7-12: $6,482
- 70% of Veritas students are fully funded through AZ tax credits. Discounts are also available for families with 3 or more students.
Uniforms: “standardized dress code”
Bus service: No
Cafeteria: Students bring their own lunch.
Foreign language: Latin; Spanish 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. VA Academy also offers sports for 5th-8th 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