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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Poor sports programs. Poor extra curricular programs. Overall horrible School.
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.
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.
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.
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