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!!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Veritas has a great, loving environment with excellent, classical-based education. You cannot find a better school for your child.
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