FAQs for Admissions
Q: Is Veritas Christian Academy accredited?
A: Yes. VCA is accredited by the Association of Classical Schools International (ACSI).
Q: Is Veritas Christian Academy affiliated with a particular denomination?
A: No, VCA is an independent Christian school, not affiliated with any church or denomination.
Q: Do you have to be a Christian to attend Veritas Christian Academy?
A: Veritas is a Discipleship Model Christian school (as opposed to an Evangelism Model Christian school), which means we see our role as coming alongside Christian parents, supporting their desire to educate their children in a Christian environment, and reinforcing beliefs and values that are already being taught in the home. Therefore, we require that at least one parent be a professing Christian.
Q: Why a Classical Christian Education?
A: Please read "Why a Classical Christian Education" in our Welcome section
Q: What are the school day hours?
A: All classes begin at 8:00, with drop-off starting at 7:30am. Pre-K students are dismissed at 2:30pm, and Kindergarten students are dismissed at 2:45pm with pick-ups for those students only at the front of the school. Students in 1st through 5th grades are dismissed at 3:00pm, and may be picked up in the pickup line between 3:00-3:30pm. Pre-K or Kindergarten students with older siblings may also be picked up during this time instead of at the earlier pickup times. Students in 6th through 12th grades are dismissed at 3:25, and may be picked up in the pickup line between 3:30-3:45pm.
Q: Does Veritas offer an after-care program?
A: Yes. Students in Pre-K through 5th grade may stay after school for supervised playtime and homework time (if applicable) until 5:30pm each day that school is in session. The cost for this is $15 per day, per child. You may register for AfterCare if you know you need it on a regular basis, or it may be utilized on an as-needed basis when the need arises. Parents are billed the following month for any days they have used the AfterCare program.
Q: Do students attend Chapel?
A: Yes. All our Lower School students attend weekly chapel services, and Middle and High School students alternate weekly between Chapel and Small Group meetings with faculty mentors. Chapel consists of praise and worship music, and a Scripture-based lesson. Middle and High School students also have the opportunity to participate in the Praise Band, using their talents to enhance the music portion of the Chapel service.
Q: What textbooks or curriculum does Veritas Christian Academy use?
A: Veritas' curricular objectives are determined not by publishing companies, but by what comports best with the western liberal-arts tradition - the humanities, mathematics, and the sciences - and with the fine and performing arts. We employ the best texts, materials, and resources that we can find in order to accomplish these objectives.
Q: What elective courses do you offer, and when do electives begin?
A: Electives are offered to students in 6th-12th grades, and include Studio Art, Performing Arts, First-Person History, Music, Creative Writing, Computer Programming, and various types of physical fitness.
Q: Do you offer Honors and AP courses?
A: Yes. Honors classes are available for 9th and 10th grade students, and include Algebra I and II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, World Literature I and II, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Western Civilization I and II, Latin I, II, III, and IV, Spanish I, II, and III, Logic II, Rhetoric I and II, and Philosophy. AP classes are available for 11th and 12th grade students and include English Language, English Literature, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, US History, US Government, Latin, and Studio Art. More specific information on these subjects may be found in our High School Academics section.
Q: We are interested in having having our High School student transfer to Veritas. Will he/she be able to meet Veritas' graduation requirements?
A: In many instances, if a student comes to Veritas from an academically challenging college preparatory and/or a liberal arts preparatory curriculum, the answer is generally "yes." We do our best to accommodate students who come in from good educations elsewhere, but which do not conform to our "classical distinctive requirements" - especially with regard to the teaching of logic, Latin, philosophy, theology, and rhetoric - thus still allowing them to graduate from Veritas. The closer a student is to graduation when they transfer to Veritas, the more difficult it is to make accommodation, and it is extremely rare for a student to be allowed to transfer in for their senior year. All of our graduates, however, need to meet or exceed our requirements, which include having at least a 2.5 GPA in every course taken. Credit requirements are as follows:
|English - 4 credits||Electives - 3.5 credits|
|History - 4 credits||Advanced Studies - .5 credit|
|Mathematics - 3 credits||Theology - .5 credit|
|Science - 3 credits||Fine Arts - 1 credit|
|Foreign Language - 3 credits||Physical Education - .5 credit|
A: Latin, taught once a week, begins in 3rd grade at Veritas, and continues once a week through 5th grade. This serves to expose our students to Latin and to introduce them to a language they will be studying in-depth in Middle School, with Latin I and II in the 7th and 8th grades, respectively. Students who transfer into Veritas in 7th or 8th grade are exempted from Middle School Latin, but will be required to take a classical language beginning in 9th grade.
A: Veritas students study Latin in grades 3-8. In addition, Spanish and Latin are offered in grades 9-12.
A: Keyboarding is taught in 7th grade, and Introduction to Computers is taught in 9th grade, which includes instruction in Word, Excel, and Power Point. We also offer a Computer Programming elective.
A: Since graduating our first class in 2005, our students have been accepted to, and have graduated from, some of America's best colleges and universities. Please see our complete list of College Acceptances.