2017-18 Student Government Officers:
Student Body President – Avery Fleeman
Student Body Vice President – Hannah Kohatsu
Student Body Secretary/Treasurer – MacKenzie Moore
Student Body Activities Director – Carlee Benfield
At Veritas Christian Academy, every effort is made to nurture the whole child – mind, body, and spirit. “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit, and soul, and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He will also bring it to pass.” (I Thessolonians 5:23-24) Each student is an integral part of the community and his or her unique gifts and abilities contribute to the vitality of the student body.
Prayer undergirds our ministry to these precious students and is a part of daily life at Veritas Christian Academy. Convocation is held at the beginning of the year to facilitate prayer with the Veritas family, and faculty and staff pray with one another and with students and classes when appropriate. We are grateful that God has heard our prayers and has abundantly blessed Veritas. As expressed in our Philosophy: “Prayer is essential to this Christian institution, and we solicit the prayers of all who are involved with its Mission so that the unity of the Spirit and the peace of the Lord will be manifest in all our activities.” The teachers’ dedication to the Christian faith shines through in their everyday activities. Coaches take the time to have team devotions, to share prayer requests, and to lead team prayer. A solid and mature commitment to faith in Christ is required of all teachers, administrators, and support personnel at Veritas Christian Academy. Our teachers and staff evidence a love for the Lord and attitude of grace towards our students. Students are treated with respect and loving, firm discipline.
Students participate in a wide variety of activities, including drama, art, music, chess, sports, community service, clubs, and student government initiated social events. Please look at the examples under this Student Life section of our website for more details.
VCA students play a large and active role in the initiation and leadership of student activities. Currently, our student government is a student-run program. Meetings are conducted by the elected officers, initiation of student programs is determined by the students, and implementation of chosen programs involving the student body are presented and monitored by student groups. All sports teams and student groups have students that function in a leadership role. Leadership training takes place in a number of ways. Through attending student leadership conferences, such as the Ethics Conference in the fall and the Junior Achievement Luncheon in the spring, students engage adults and peers in the meaning and responsibilities of leadership. Student Government members also attend a leadership workshop, focusing on the planning of student events throughout the year. Additionally, this meeting is designed to engage students in a greater conversation regarding the process of leading peers. Our students evidence a strong ability to reason and think which has been demonstrated in student debates, Odyssey of the Mind competitions, writings in Logic and Rhetoric, Declamation, and discussions in Apologetics, Philosophy, and Media Worldview as well as traditional subjects. Our students engage in service projects, student government, ethics conferences, and retreats where they are encouraged and trained to lead from a servant’s heart.
The Board of Trustees and administration often refer to the methods used to encourage spiritual formation as the “hidden curriculum”. Through faculty meetings at each division level, parent conferences, and conversations with students, we look for increasing spiritual growth in our students who know Christ and for salvation for those who do not yet know Him. We also observe our students in group situations, noting their responses to one another, their interaction with those who struggle with social and/or academic issues, their heart for those in need, and their obedience to authority.
All students attend chapel services on a regularly scheduled basis with an annual theme that focuses on a particular aspect of Christian life. In addition, there are periodic small group meetings for upper school students to discuss application of the principles taught in chapel services. Missions and community service opportunities serve as a training ground for students’ hearts as well. While our students are at varying levels of spiritual maturity, the overall culture at Veritas Christian Academy is one that endorses and promotes godly character and moral behavior.
We are pleased to report that our students have performed exceptionally well on the SAT and Advanced Placement Exams and have been well received by colleges and universities. Every senior has applied to and been accepted into a college or university.
Student feedback plays a large role in formulating and implementing programs that effect students at Veritas Christian Academy. All student feedback is valued, sought after, and used in the formulation of student life policies and programs, on and off campus.