There is a very high rate of teacher turnover in elementary. They require all school age children of teachers and staff to attend Veritas, this has contributed greatly to the turnover and decline in quality of the elementary school. They have fallen into a trap of worshiping the school and even classical Christian education instead of having faith in God and his goodness, power, and promises. Why manipulate your staff and faculty if that is not where God is calling them to be?
Veritas School provides the kind of world-class education every child needs. The teachers, administration, staff and most definitely the Board, have the heart of Veritas in mind. Their goal is to not only provide the best Christian education there is but it is also to ensure that the school lives on for generations of students! If you are looking for a perfect school with no flaws, then I wish you the best of luck. But if you are looking for a place where your child can learn, be valued as an individual and learn from teachers that care about them then you should consider Veritas.
Agree with another reviewer, sr. administration & school board are elitist. At any school, there will be things that could use improvement. If a parent has input at Veritas: it is not valued, nor welcomed & rarely considered. You quickly find out the board / administration is "my way or the highway", which has lead to a great deal of teacher turn over in the elementary school. They will tell you that the amount of turnover is normal and teacher tenure school-wide averages 10 years. If you're considering K-4, be sure you ask for tenure figures for the teacher in the specific grade: how long have they been teaching that grade at Veritas & you quickly find out about turnover. This is not a reflection on the lower school headmaster, who appears to have no authority (but should have a good deal more), but rather sr. administration / board members. If you are considering middle or high school, the other reviews of children that graduated are probably very appropriate. The middle & high school teachers are largely unchanged. The current elementary school has vastly different teaching staff from the 8+ years ago that their kids were there. I have current elementary students.
Our children graduated from Veritas with an excellent education and now have completed college. A Veritas education focuses more on preparing students to be able to think and to learn and less on content skills, although memorization helped as they had a good foundation from the beginning of their schooling to nurture a love of learning through high school. Their classical training using grammar, logic, and rhetoric, within a Christian context, has helped them succeed in their education and to be fruitful in living their lives.
Veritas is top notch! All three of our children graduated from Veritas and were well prepared for undergraduate and graduate school. We have been so pleased with the quality education they received at a bargain price. We can't say enough good things about the teachers, the staff, and administration. Given the opportunity, we would go with Veritas again!
Veritas School has blessed our children and community immeasurably. We consider it a priceless investment. We have always felt that the teachers truly knew and loved our children, and that the workings of the administration and staff were always bathed in prayer and integrity of vision. There is a good percentage of male teachers (especially for high school) and so many good role models, not just for kids, but for parents! Truly a gift from God. Partake!
No school is perfect, but if you want a Christ-centered classical education, Veritas is an excellent place to receive one. Latin from the third grade; art and music an integrated part of the curriculum (not optional for anyone). And the Humane Letters sequence in high school is great!
Be careful! The school board and administration make unethical decision. They have had a board member who is also an employee of the school for almost a year now. That is a huge conflict of interest. They have weird policies that they sometimes hold up and sometimes don t, and if you disagree with them, you are just dismissed. Very elitist. Most parents when they see this back way off from being involved or donating money. A few years ago they had plenty of volunteers for recess duty but now they have to beg all the time. Something is wrong here at Veritas. The teachers may be good but as a parent save yourself the frustration and don t get involved.
I graduated from Veritas after being there for eight years and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I received an excellent education there and, thanks to the efforts of their wonderful teaching staff, I was was incredibly well prepared for college. The Veritas community taught me to think critically, work diligently, and love genuinely. I will always be grateful for my time there.
Both my sons graduated from Veritas and went on to attend Wheaton College. I really believe that a classical Christian education is an incredible gift to give your children. My boys not only gained an incredible college-prep education, but they learned HOW to learn and to think...not this "memorize for the test and move on" mentality. The teachers are all Christians and make Christ central in what they teach. The staff is amazing and cares about the whole student, not just how they do academically. Students are taught social skills, too - such as how to write a thank-you note, make a toast, what all the silverware is for, etc. - and also how to reflect Christ in all they do. And in all the classes, they make learning enjoyable. Lots of hands-on activities, field trips, songs, chants, public speaking, debates, etc. And the colleges are pursuing Veritas' graduates! In a recent newsletter, it said that the 18 members in the Class of 2013 received scholarship offers totaling more than $4.25 million - to schools like Stanford, Hillsdale, and Baylor! That speaks volumes to me... Veritas is a good investment all around.
Our children have attended this school for 3 years. The academic excellence that comes from this school is nothing short of impressive. While sports and extra activities are a bit limited the programs they do have are excellent. This school has 50% of it's population that travels from outside of Newberg, with some commutes as high as 1 hour (1 way), this speaks to the level of education they are offering. The teachers and leadership of the school really go above and beyond to address the heart of each child and how they react to one another. We find our children's hearts being shaped to seek God and to honor their family daily. We love it.
Can't get any better than a 100% college acceptance rate. Considering that's 10 years worth of graduates, it's a pretty amazing stat. Vertias students run rings around public school students in all areas, especially things like ethics and civic pride.
Veritas is a wonderful school and, like many parents, we've made financial sacrifices to enable our children to attend this school; it's been worth every penny. While the small size tends to limit some extracurricular activities, many students remain active outside of Veritas and the educational and social environment more than make up for this deficiency. Overall there simply is no comparison between the education my children are receiving at Veritas and what their peers are receiving at the arguably good local public schools.
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