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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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2012:
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Posted August 19, 2014

Veritas is a shadow of what it once was. The school once had the creme of the crop as far as administration and teachers. The schools sports programs are more or less what other schools refer to as intramural. The school hangs it hat on the volleyball program that is more or less a travel team with the travel coach. The school last year was in the news several times for less than good circumstances. The school has fallen in it standardized testing which is evident by its current scores. you need to ask yourself why over twenty teachers and administrators left this past year. Why the turn over rate is so high? why the school does not have cheer leaders, why the school has no student body. The school appears to be run with disregard to the students desires. The few dances the school has, the administration tells the children the theme. i was told the school was an all honors program yet the majority of instate colleges do not accept the weighted GPA s from the school. As well the high schools in the valley do not accept the weighted grades. In the end always follow the money and ask yourself why the money is taken from the children? Why no senior trip next year?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2014

Veritas Prep Academy - Phoenix is a fantastic school which offers both an excellent classical education along with sports, clubs and other activities that our kids want to be part of. Frankly, our students who've attended for 3 years now are easily well ahead academically of their friends and peers attending other local public schools and major name Arcadia area private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2014

Amazing school experience. We are continually amazed with the way this program is run. The focus on teaching students to be well rounded students and respectful citizens is something you dont' see at too many schools. We love Veritas!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2014

I toured the school recently and popped into some classes. One class was reading line by line through Dante and debating whether a certain punishment represented poetic justice. Another class was engaged in a Greek text and debating the relative merits of different forms of government. We wandered into a French class to watch a lightning conversation that this former student of the language could barely follow. The school is a lot of work and the discipline is strict. Some of my fellow parents don't seem to appreciate that some of the rules that seem arbitrary are being used by the staff to shape the culture of the school. The academics and focus on character development is outstanding. It's not everyone's cup of tea but if your child is up for the challenge they will be richly rewarded with an incredible education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2014

We cannot say enough good things about the Great Hearts program, in particular our experience with Veritas. We have an autistic son and were nervous he would get swallowed up due to the rigorous academics and have found the opposite. We have had the most open door communication with our IEP from teachers, school therapist (Mrs Gordon), speech, tutors...every single person has gone way above and beyond anything we had experienced in our past school. Our son still struggles, but he has a team of teachers that have supported him more than we could have ever imagined. There has been zero tollerance for bullying and our son has a place he feels safe and is developing the skills to be successful on his own. We could not ask for anything more in a school than one that focuses more on EDUCATING our kids and less on the politics of EDUCATION. We love Veritas!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2014

A school that focuses on creating well rounded independent thinkers. Students are taught to think and discuss (socratic method) not be taught at. If you are interested in having a "honor" student and grades are important, this may not be the school for you. The standards with earning an A are much higher than most schools, so your child may end up as a C student. I have learned that C students at Veritas are worlds beyond an A student in a mainstream school. The focus is on learning and developing scholars, not grades. We have been very impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2013

Veritas is a great school. My daughter has attended through her middle school years, after transferring fromScottsdale Prep, another Great Hearts Prep school due to location. She has taken excellent study habits, confidence, and respect from this school experience. It is very hard, however, to keep her from wanting the high school that several friends will be attending since it has more of the activities she is looking for. As for another comment, about teaching catholicism at the school.. our family does not approve of religious teaching, but this is only exposure to music and history pertaining to different time periods. There was a time in history when only the clergy were taught to read, write poetry and compose music. It is ignorant to assume this is catholic education when all religions eventually come into play. If you want a well rounded student, you do not shut them away from learning about culture. Reading about the Quran and from it has been included too, does that mean they are an islamic education?? Get a grip.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2013

If your child is interested in fads, clothes and what popularity-this is not the school for them. If they are interested in the best education and teachers...they will be right at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2013

My son attended Veritas school briefly. He would have been very happy there, but I discovered they were teaching Catholic liturgy in the music class. I spoke to the principal, explaining that for religious reasons he could not participate. I said it would be fine if he missed the class, even if it meant getting a grade of zero in music. The principal said that he could either participate in the music class or leave the school. I checked with a regulatory agency, and although the school observes the letter of the law, they said the principal was "acting like a jerk". I had no choice but to transfer him out of the school mid semester due to the obduracy of the princpal. If you are looking for a Catholic education, this school is a good choice. Personally, I feel a publicly funded institution should be more inclusive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

Veritas Prep is a wonderful school. I have watched my child learn so much, just in a few weeks of school. They have very high expectations, not only of school work but of the student as a whole. They have exemplary teachers and staff and I feel very fortunate to have my child attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2013

Veritas Prep Academy is a remarkable and highly successful school. The academics are excellent, the teachers and administrators are dedicated and highly qualified, and the facilities are excellent. We have been very impressed by the results of the Classical curriculum in terms of both the intellectual attainment of our three children (one now about to graduate from a highly selective liberal arts college where she has had a great experience), but also in terms of their moral development -- something the school takes seriously. Veritas is clearly not for every child (or parent), but if you are interested in providing an excellent academic education for your child, as well as providing for their moral development in a healthy school atmosphere, it may be for you (as it has been for our children) an unimaginable gift and blessing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2013

Sending my daughter to this school was the worst mistake I have ever made. The girls were cruel to each other and the teachers enjoyed the competitve cut throat atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2012

I have had a child at Veritas for 3 years, and another began 6th grade this year. There will be growing pains while the staff and students adjust to the new school, but to date it has been relatively painless. I received an immediate response via email from two teachers regarding a potential conflict in scheduling with my 6th grader, and they were most accomodating and assuring me that there would be no problems. I have found the office staff and the faculty to be caring and thoughtful. Both of my children are excited about the new campus, and we are hopeful that the excitement continues throughout the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2012

I am saddened that a parent at our school is so unhappy (see review below). Like any other school, our school is not perfect, but it is by far the best one out there...ranked among the best in the world! If the parent below is so unhappy it would be best for him/her to find another school for their child and allow one of the 100+ kids on the waiting list to have their student's spot. Life is too short to be unhappy and unhappy parents are not good for our school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2012

The review dated August 22, 2012, is listed under Veritas Prep which is a school for 6th - 12th grade and her daughter is a 3rd grader! It is a shame that she has posted a one star review for a school that isn't involved in her dispute. Veritas Prep and Archway Veritas (K-5) are two different schools under separate charters and separate Headmasters. I would hope she corrects her mistake and is more careful in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2012

Our daughter started at Veritas this year, having moved from a private school. The teachers she had this year were all top notch. What struck me the most, though, was their sincere desire for the students to understand the material and enjoy what s/he was learning, and it is evident the teachers actually LIKE what they teach - what a novel concept! Tutoring is available if needed or desired and teachers are readily available and willing to discuss any issues, although there aren't many. The homework load was not ridiculous and I appreciated how self-directed and organized our daughter became, having had her hand held at her previous school. The expectations were clear, discipline enforced with grace and dignity. I believe the move to their new campus next year will only continue to foster a sense of community amongst the teachers and families. We are very happy with our decision to join the Great Hearts family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

When I pick up my children after school the students at Veritas seems happy and talkative. I know children complain about school; however they don't seem to want to leave at the end of the day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2010

My daughter is a student at Veritas and in her second year. I am very pleased with the education she is receiving. The quality of the teachers is outstanding. There are comments made about lack of electives, but it doesn't bother me. I'm pleased that there is a High School expectation of 4 years: Humane Letters (History and Lit), Language, Science, Math. So far, Veritas has exceeded my expections. Pluse, the friends my daughter has made are wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

My daughter started Veritas this year and has had an absolutely wonderful year. She has learned so much and the depth of the knowledge is incredible. The teachers are professional and helpful in every way. They will come before school or help after school if needed. My daughter is involved in many extracurricular activities and still does very well at Veritas. It was the best choice to attend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2010

I attended Veritas Prep for 2 years. I regret leaving and heading off to public school. Learning as much as I did at Veritas has put me so far ahead of the game so now, even in the honors classes, I am not being challenged. I know while I attended, I hated the school, but looking back now, I love it. The only bad part is that there is not a great support system with the teachers as well as most public schools. My brother has been in public school since day one, and his support was better than mine at Veritas when I needed it.
—Submitted by a student


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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 61% in 2014.

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68%

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81%

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78%

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93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

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94%

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99%

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97%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

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77%

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71%

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79%

2011

 
 
87%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

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99%

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100%

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99%

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99%
Science

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n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

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72%

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63%

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61%

2011

 
 
88%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2014.

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n/a

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2014.

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n/a

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93%

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100%

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96%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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

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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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