Our goal at Veritas Academy is to support the family in training and educating. School life is very much formed around setting a standard of excellence and godly character. It is our desire to see the mind of Christ being formed in the life of each student; therefore, this Biblical training occurs both within the classroom and outside it. Whether a student is involved in a special activity such as Art or Music instruction, or even lunch and recess, a high level of orderliness, discernment, and courteousness is expected. Students often have the opportunity to interact with one another regardless of grade level. Older students are called upon to demonstrate this character training whenever younger students are present for instruction or play.
Life at Veritas Academy is filled with opportunities to shape and sharpen the skills needed to make wise and respectful decisions. These decision-making skills are a necessary component of school life at Veritas Academy and will prepare students to impact the culture for Christ and glorify God with their minds.
Students arrive at school each day between 7:50 and 8:05 a.m. At this time attendance is taken and students independently organize themselves and prepare for the day ahead . At 8:30 the entire student body gathers for daily morning chapel. Following a time of singing and Bible instruction each class returns to its respective classroom to engage in academic studies. Various morning activities might include: math, reading, grammar, spelling, Latin, penmanship, and composition. All full-day students eat lunch together at 12:00 p.m. and then enjoy recess time with an organized all-school game. The afternoon is a time of further academic studies which include history, science and depending on the particular day, art, music or physical education. At 2:50 p.m. students are dismissed for the day.
Field trips are an essential part of the Veritas curriculum. Our studies in History, Science and Art, for example, often need to be expanded and examined using the broader perspective provided by out of the classroom experiences. Some of our past field trips have included the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Cahoon Museum of American Art, the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow National Historic Site, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Trinity Church in Copley Square, the Boston Public Library, the Higgins Armory Museum, the Museum of Science, Boston, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Hoxie House, the Thornton Burgess Museum and Nature Center, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Plimoth Plantation, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Lexington and Concord Bridge, the Old Ironsides: USS Constitution Museum, the Adams National Historic Park, Nashoba Valley apple picking, the Coonamessett Farm, and treks through the many and varied ecosystems of beautiful Cape Cod.
Students are expected to be active participants during these trips. Field notes are taken, sketchpads are always utilized, and questions are encouraged as part of the necessary experiential learning process.