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Veritas Christian Academy

Private | PK-12 | 357 students

A Classical Christian Education
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a small town neighborhood. The median home value is $187,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $690.

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We are just completing our first year at Veritas at the elementary level and have had an extremely positive experience. The reading and math program is excellent. My child is surrounded by well-behaved, well-disciplined peers who love learning, and intelligent and professional teachers who care deeply about their students' academic and personal growth. I love being able to drop my child off in the morning knowing that he will be safe, he will be cared for, and he will be learning. I addition I've been impressed with the art and music instruction, the level of parental involvement, and the benefits of being in a school with older kids, which has been surprisingly fun and a source of pride for my son (going to Varsity basketball games, wearing the same uniform as the "big kids", having a middle school aged "spirit buddy", etc...). We feel blessed to be a part of this community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

Great school. No complaints. My child loves the school. The education is great. It is a very supportive environment. I wish I went there as a kid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

Veritas has flaws just like any other, but it's honestly a great school. I admit it's much harder for transfer students or kids who came from looser schools, but the academics are amazing. It's difficult but the teachers are SO personal and everyone genuinely care for your child, not only academically but in everything. It's such a tight nit group of students and teachers, when my daughter's best friend was diagnosed with cancer, the entire school prayed for her on a loop. They organized prayer times for her and everyone pitched in to help. Everyone is united and like a family. Our children were so lucky to have the opportunity to be part of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2014

Veritas has been a family to our three children who attend. This is our 11th year there and we have been extremely happy with the quality of education, dedication of the faculty and staff, and the devotion given to the hearts of our children. It has been impressive to see the whole trivium process of the classical education transform our children into independent learners. At Veritas it is more than just learning the set curriculum, the students there actually learn how to be learners! They learn how to think through, process, and debate information. These are skills that are not being taught in other non classical private or public schools where technology is beginning to do most of the thinking for them. The teachers are always available to discuss a concern and give extra help where needed. They truly seem to care about my children and want to see them succeed. I highly recommend Veritas Christian Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

Please do your research before enrolling your children at VCA. If it seems to good to be true....it is. As of this school year, we are no longer enrolled at VCA and are finally having a positive school experience for our children and our family. So happy!!


Posted October 14, 2013

While it is true that Veritas has some flaws, the things said that were highly negative were very incorrect. I have been at Veritas for 8 years now, and I have loved it! The staff neither "Manhandles" the students, nor are they unresponsive. If a student needs help, all that they have to do is ask! The teachers are helpful, kind, and caring. If a student fails to use the tools which they have at their disposal, than it is the student's fault, not the teacher's! And 'No individual grading curve..." false. In lower school, this case might be true- seeing as how the lower school is not in any way a fair representation of any high school. Once in high school, individual work is just as important as group work, and therefore, the individual grading curve is more prominent. Now, while it may be expected that my review is jaded by my bias for my school, I can assure you that it is not! At my school I am one of the most critical of it's beliefs and teachings. But the fact that I am biased and still giving these compliments leads to the conclusion that my review is more than valid. And that is a prime example of a logical argument, for those of you who lack faith in the logic taught at VCA


Posted September 18, 2013

Veritas has been perfect for our children. One of our children has graduated and become very successful in college and life, in part because of the education received at Veritas. The school is for anyone who believes that you don't have to give up academics to learn in a Christian environment. Veritas provides both. High school students have the option of AP classes as well as honors and standard courses. There are SAT prep classes. The college counselor is excellent at helping students through the college application process. ALL of the faculty and staff treat the students with respect and create a safe and loving environment, pre-k all the way to graduation. One thing that strikes me as my children move through those awkward pre-teen and teen years is that the students really support each other. No, they aren't all best buddies. But they are caring and supportive of each other in ways not typically seen in middle and high school elsewhere. It's a truly beautiful thing to see the students growing in this environment. I can't imagine my children thriving like this anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

My children are receiving an excellent education at VCA, but I especially appreciate the fact that the goal of the Classical education goes beyond just learning - the Classical model seeks to teach my children how to think critically in every subject, and to develop a lifelong love of learning. When you learn how to learn and learn to LOVE learning, then you go beyond just being a student - you become developed as a whole person. I love this "bigger picture" model of education that sets VCA apart from other private and Christian schools in the Asheville area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2013

My daughter, has attended two schools and two summer camps subsequent to our relocation to the Asheville/Arden area last June. Veritas represents the first occasion upon which both my child and my family have enjoyed a sense of unity, warmth, acceptance and a feelling of inclusion. Staff and parents alike have extended themselves to ensure that both my child and family have are welcomed as she embarks upon another level of her academic and spirtual experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2012

I am a parent with a child currently attending VCA. My child has been with this school for the past five years. After reading reviews, I felt compelled to address these with the TRUTH.This is an amazing place with an incredibly dedicated and loving faculty. Corporal punishment has NEVER been used and grace-centered discipline is always practiced. The leadership is accessible and kind. Communication is fabulous (newsletters every Monday, email every week, Parent web, mandatory and at-will conferences, same day call back, etc.) The school has an excellent teacher retention and has had the same logic team in place for years. The building is an older building with beautiful classical appeal and A/C and heat througout. An asbestos report is available upon request, indicating no problems and no lead paint or mold...period. Students in High School may not use cell phones during the school day but certainly may after school. The school does NOT conduct bag checks. The school does have a program for students with high-funtioning autism and these students (2 in the entire school) are in the classroom with one-on-one support. Christians should support those with special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2011

When you first visit this school, you may be impressed by the academic philosophy. Learning Latin beginning in 3rd grade will help with those SAT scores, right? And they will show you examples of the students' writing and the literature list. But all that is useless because the attitude of the faculty and staff is demeaning and even damaging to the students. When you have the 1st grade teacher referring to that 1st grade year as "boot camp", you know you have a problem. The staff manhandles the children. My child was bruised by a staff member. Whats worse is that the school allows for no indicidual learning curve--if you are ahead, you are out of luck. If you are behind, the staff will try to lanel you as dyslexic or ADHD and recommend medication. Be sure to ask how many children there are on medication for ADHD. It's been 3 years since we were at the school and my child is still affected by the terrible experience we had there. Confidence was destroyed and we lost about a year of education. Thankfully we are making up for it now, but it was an expereince I would not wish on anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2011

In my opinion a strong education includes: strong staff, excellent leadership, and good facilities for a sound, well-rounded education. Veritas surely lacks the kind of leadership and facilties that allow it to be a superior school. Eventually, subpar leadership with questionable decision-making will drag down even the best staff. I would not send my child for these reasons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2011

I am sorry but after 3 years of my kid being at Veritas 6th, 7th, 8th, all I have to say is THANK MY LORD JESUS for Asheville Christian Academy. My child is now a 4.0 GPA with all honors classes 9th grader(2010/11 Year) at ACA. Veritas is no comparison on all levels especially in faculty/parent communication, support and involvement. ACA is what a state of the art classical "CHRISTIAN" school of college prep is all about. My grade for Veriitas would be a C and for ACA an A+.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2010

while no school is perfect, Veritas makes every attempt to meet the needs of its students and prepares them academically in a way that no other school does. If you're looking for "fun" in education, then recognize that your student's choices for the future will be greatly limited. It's better to focus on good relationships with peers and teachers, classes that challenge the students to reach beyond what comes easily, and limited distractions (what student really needs a cellphone during school hours?). VCA provides all of these and more
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2010

Excellent school! The teachers and staff are loving, caring and want to see each student succeed. The facilities may be old, but so are many of the public schools in the area. Besides I'm more concerned with the education for my child rather than shiny new buildings! It truly is a Christ-centered school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2009

The facilities are not the greatest but they are making improvements all along. What is going to matter when your child is 18 - - whether their desk was sparkly & new or whether they are prepared to face college & young adulthood with a strong education and Godly vision? The classical education cannot be beat. But, most importantly, the teachers and staff are loving and dedicated. I have no doubt my child is receiving a superior education and learning self-discipline and confidence along the way. The children and the parents in the school I have met have always proven to be good Christian people, with the children's best interests at heart - mostly professionals or stay-at-home moms that are community leaders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

I have to agree. I have a lot of reservations about keeping my daughter at vertias this year. In is not the direction I want my daughter to go. I see the issue with the logic classes. I see the struggle and the worry about failing a class and not have the resources there to get help. The actually logic team left last year. So they just put in what they had. Thats what you get! Worth the money and your childs future grades? Hmmmmm
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

I really like the school. Great structure. A bit to rigid in the high school groups. Bag checks, not letting them have cell phones even after school. Forgetting that high school is about fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2008

Really think this out, before enrolling. The environment is safe, and caring. Building is old, and not very safe. Asbestos? LEad Paint? Mold? There is a musty smell, all through the school....always. Air conditioning is old and does not work presently. (Might be repaired) Kids went to school in August and literally 'sweated' right through their clothes. Heat- In Winter the heat is practically absent. Lunch Room - Not impressed with the 'buy' lunch program. You have to pre order a month in advance and pay with PayPal. Not convenient at all. No Art Class,? Almost all extra curriculars will cost you money. You have to pay for art class in grade 6-12.?? No computer training...labs. Textbooks: Many are really old. Some are new. Bathrooms: Really old Class size: 12-21 Seems to be many children that are 'special' and need extra attention. Problems like Autistic Children...are put into same classes with non autistic children. Good hearted people run the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2007

Veritas has a great, loving environment with excellent, classical-based education. You cannot find a better school for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 53%
Asian 4% N/A
Two or more races 4% N/A
Black 1% 32%
Hispanic 1% 11%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation 50% attend colleges out of NC
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
Greek
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Merit Scholars (2012)
  • Duke Tip (2012)
  • National Merit Finalist (2010)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Clubs
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • 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
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Greek
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • 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
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kay J. Belknap
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACCS
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (828) 681-0547

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Greek
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Homework Helper - after school
  • 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
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Girls on the run
  • National Honor Society
  • Philosophy
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve Hot Lunch
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • VCA opened its doors in 1998 with 57 students in grades K-6 and six faculty and staff members. Today we have over 350 students in Pre-K through twelfth grades, a faculty and staff of 64, and have graduated classes since 2005.
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$5000 - $11000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
50% attend colleges out of NC
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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17 Cane Creek Rd
Fletcher, NC 28732
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Phone: (828) 681-0546

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