Veritas Academy of Tucson is a private K-12 school that offers a university-type schedule and a classical, Christian education.
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 8:10am-3:30pm and then homeschool on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Students in grades 7-10 have three days of on-campus learning and two days of homeschooling.
The University-model means that students have a university-type schedule. They receive professional instruction at school two days a week, then study for their classes at home three days a week under a parent’s guidance. Even at the elementary level, 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. Each phase corresponds to the three main stages of childhood development. For example, the grammar phase (K-6) emphasizes the accumulation of basic facts and memorization in the core subjects. Ask any child at Veritas to recite a poem or piece of scripture – 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-3, students take voice, use rhythm sticks, and learn recorder. All students take violin in 4th and 5th grades and choir in 6th-8th. 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 1-10.
Most Veritas students are a minimum of one grade level ahead in math (example: all 1st graders take Saxon 2).
It is evident that students at Veritas are excelling in the core subjects and in the arts. Even so, the headmaster and board members are quick to point out that what matters most is that the children love God and love others.
Veritas Academy of Tucson AT A GLANCE
Type of School: private, Grades K-12
Accreditation: Veritas is currently in the certification process with National Association of University-Model Schools (NAUMS) which will lead to accreditation with AnvancED.
Location: Currently meeting at Book of Life Community Church, 2151 N. Palo Verde Blvd., Tucson.
Number of students: 90
Student/Teacher ratio: Roughly 8:1 (goal is to be 12:1)
- CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN CURRICULUM – Classical education is a conscious return to the academic disciplines and methodologies which sparked Western Christendom for the past 1000 years.
- UNIVERSITY-MODEL – Students receive professional instruction at school two days a week, then study for their classes at home three days a week under a parent’s guidance.
- RIGOROUS, COLLEGE PREP EDUCATION
- STRONG SENSE OF COMMUNITY
- SMALL CLASS SIZES – Average class size is 8.
- LATIN – Latin is offered in grades 1-10.
- EMPHASIS ON MEMORY WORK AND RECITATIONS
- MUSIC AND ART
- A LA CARTE CLASSES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS – For example, a homeschool family might register their teen for Biology and Geometry through Veritas.
Tuition: Annual tuition rates are as follows –
- K-6: $4,450
- Grades 7-12: $6,000
Tuition assistance, scholarships, and tax credits are available to help with funding. Discounts are also available for siblings.
Uniforms: “standardized dress code”
Bus service: No
Cafeteria: Students bring their own lunch.
Foreign language: Latin is taught at every grade level.
Sports: Partnership with Pusch Ridge Christian Academy. Physical Education is part of the school curriculum. VA Academy also offers sports for 5th-8th grade students – soccer, volleyball, basketball, etc. Extra-curricular activities have included ballet, tennis, Latin Club, Chess Club, Girls On The Run, handbells, violin, and more.
Teachers: There are 4 teachers with Master’s degrees and 1 with a Doctorate degree.
School Hours: 8:10am-3:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays for K-6; 8:10am-3:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for grade 7-12