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Great Hearts Academies - Veritas Prep

Charter | 6-12 | 700 students

Liberal Arts

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $115,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $740.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
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Posted May 1, 2007

I honestly think that children that attend this school miss out on a lot socially. The school's actuall ciriculum is descent however, it is not as challenging as it is made out to be. I would rather have a child attend brophy college preparatory.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2007

There is very little not to like about this school. Our children receive the absolute best education available in the state and we don't even have to pay tuition! The kids are involved in all kinds of sport and extracurricular activites - I couldn't expect any more from a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2007

My oldest child is attending Veritas this year. Although adjusting to the rigorous course work took a while, he now loves the school. He has made friends and is involved in the sports teams. He especially likes the challenge he encounters in his math club. Our family is looking forward to having our younger students join Veritas and receive the fine liberal arts education offered by the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2007

The seventh grade education at Veritas is exceptional. My son speaks Latin at the dinner table and discusses music theory with a depth of knowledge that's amazing. He loves his math class and has enjoyed playing football and running track on the school team. We're very glad we chose Veritas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

This school offers the best middle school education I've seen in the Valley, and I've had children in parochial, private and charter schools. Veritas combines high academic standards with teachers who love their subject matter. Discipline is strict and respect of self and others is expected. Tutoring in every subject is offered to help those students who need it. Overall, I could not ask for a better school for my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2006

Veritas is living proof of the fact that you get what you expect. If you seek and demand academic excellence, you are much more likely to get it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2006

Our daughter has finished her first year at Veritas. She was overwhelmed by the increased expectations of the teachers at first, but settled in during the second quarter. She told me yesterday that she learned more in her seventh grade year than she learned in all of elementary school combined. She feels that her opinions are respected, and in fact, sought after, by the teachers. She has found the extracurricular activities to be plenty, and has made many new friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2006

Excellent program that includes an honors academic program with several clubs (robotics, debate team) and sports. The sports programs are held at a church close to the Biltmore area. School is small and personal with lots of one on one contact with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2005

As a student, I love Veritas. I'm learning to think critically and defend my opinions. How many 11th graders have read Crime and Punishment, The Illiad, John Locke, Plato's Dialogs, or Utopia? How many are in their 2nd year of Physics and their 3rd year of Latin? And this is the standard course of study for all students, not AP classes for just a few. The teachers are highly involved and dedicated. I highly recommend Veritas!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2005

My child is in her second year at Veritas and has never been happier in a school setting. She is challenged on a daily basis. The quality of instruction is higher than either of her two previous public schools or her earlier charter school. The curriculum is classical liberal arts and the students read original source materials. Classroom instruction is in the Socratic tradition and is similar to graduate seminars. Extracurriculars, while not as extensive as at some large schools, are inclusive and encourage all who are interested to participate. This builds community in a way that more competitive programs do not. Parents are encouraged to participate in the school in whatever way best suits them, from volunteering as coaches and on campus assistants to fund-raising or serving on the board. All help is welcomed by the faculty, staff and board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

Our child is in his third year at Veritas. We are very please and our child loves the school. Unlike other schools are child has never expressed that he is bored in class. The teachers are truly excellent, they are extremely personable, caring and intelligent. The standards are high, no easy A's or even B's. But these grades are also not unattainable by doing the homework and studying. If your child wants do be involved in sports but is not a great athlete this school is great because everyone can play and there is wonderful comraderie among the players. Many students are actually very fine athletes. Compared to public middle schools and high schools (even the best ones) this school provides is as close to an expensive private education as is available in Maricopa County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

It seems the person who made the first comment about sports and extracurricular activities completely missed the point of the school. This is a very academically oriented school, and is a huge improvement over the supposed 'best' the public schools had to offer. It has a strong learning atmosphere, doesn't have all the distractions of gangs and violence and trashy clothes, the curriculum is demanding and not watered down like the public schools, and doesn't cater to mediocrity like the public schools do. It has some bugs to work out, but it's doing great for being in existence for such a short time. I very highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2005

Poor sports programs. Poor extra curricular programs. Overall horrible School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2005

This school is very academic.the students here have a lot of homework. If your child wants the basics and not a lot of extracurricular activities this school is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2004

Our son is attending his second year at Veritas and we could not be happier about the experience. This school has an incredible philosophy towards learning not found elsewhere and a strong classical curriculum. Very academic, providing a strong foundation for college. The honor and dress codes are wonderful. There are small class sizes and very supportive teachers and administration available before and after school to students and parents. Our headmaster has great vision and has been capable of motivating students, teachers and parents to form an academic yet warm and supportive community. Very involved parent base.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2004

We are very happy with this school. They have a demanding curriculum and work ethic, but are genuinely interested in the success of all students. For a start-up year, we were surprised by how smoothly it ran. Parental Involvement is high. There are always areas for improvement and it seems that the Board is very interested in soliciting parent ideas to help the school improve.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
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Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 42%
Hispanic 17% 43%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Black 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/A47%
Female 52%N/A49%
Male 48%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 90% (2013)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • French
  • Latin, Greek
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin, Greek
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:40 am
School end time
  • 2:40 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Douglas Minson
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (602) 263-7997

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • French
  • Latin, Greek
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin, Greek
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Swimming
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Summer college prep programs
SAT/ACT prep classes
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 10%
4 year college - 90%
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3102 N. 56th St.
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85016
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Phone: (602) 263-1128

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