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Veritas Academy is a K-12 classical Christian school founded in 1996 to serve the community of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The academy offers a rigorous curriculum that includes a thorough commitment to the seven great liberal arts--the skills that are meant to prepare people to fully participate in a free society. The structure of Veritas’ curriculum produces students who know the facts, think clearly and critically, and communicate effectively.

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Veritas Academy’s 281 students (Preschool-12th grade) come from a wide range of backgrounds. Currently there are 108 students in grades 7-12. The student-teacher ratio in 9th-12th grades is 12:1. Presently, 44% of Veritas Academy students (K-12) receive some form of financial aid.

Curriculum:

The time-tested method of the Trivium gives students more than book knowledge. The Trivium is the pattern of education used in schools in the great liberal arts tradition. A classical education provides students with the tools for learning and makes them learners for life. Our education harkens back to the learning done by leaders such as Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and Jonathan Edwards.

  • Our Grammar School (K-6) focuses on memorizing facts, mastering crucial skills like reading and mathematical ability, and exercising the memory.
  • During the Logic years (7th-9th grades), our focus is on encouraging students to think logically, clearly, and critically about ideas.
  • During the Rhetoric years (10th-12th grades), our focus shifts to presentation, persuasion, and effective communication.

Our distinctive Omnibus curriculum combines history, theology and literature. The curriculum culminates with a 35-page Senior Thesis that is defended orally in front of a panel of experts in the subject matter of the thesis.

Class Rank:

Veritas Academy does not rank students.

Grading:

The following percentages, grades, and grade points are used school-wide: 

Percentage Grade Grade Point Average
100-90 A 4.0
89-80 B 3.0
79-70 C 2.0
69-0 F 0.0

All of Veritas Academy’s courses are taught at an honors level.  No courses are weighted—the highest GPA in any course is 4.0. We do not offer any AP courses. Administration and the board are concerned that advanced placement course objectives will be in conflict with a highly rigorous fully integrated curriculum at Veritas Academy.

All students are required to complete a curriculum that generally meets or exceeds typical AP standards. We do provide a dual credit program through Cairn University in which selected courses at Veritas Academy (Sr. Thesis, Calculus I and II) receive credit from Veritas and from Cairn.

Honors:

Veritas Academy recognizes three levels of cumulative academic honors. Students receive these honors for grades earned during their 9th through 12th grade courses at Veritas Academy:

  • Summa cum Laude: 4.0 GPA
  • Magna cum Laude: 3.85 - 3.99 GPA
  • Cum Laude: 3.70 - 3.84 GPA
Graduation Requirements:

Veritas Academy requires 28 credits for graduation. Twenty-five of these twenty-eight credits must be earned in the following areas: Minimum number of credits in different study areas:

Math 3 credits
Science 3 credits
Language 3 credits
History 4 credits
Theology 4.5 credits
Literature 4 credits
English 3.5 credits
 
Specific Course Requirements:
  • One full cycle of Omnibus (Ancient, Medieval, and Modern), earning 3 credits in History, Theology, and Literature.
  • One year of Logic and one year of Latin. (These courses may be completed during the 7th or 8th grade year.)
  • Students must pass a course in Rhetoric.
  • Students must complete and successfully defend a Senior Thesis paper.
  • Students must pass Biology and Chemistry.
Extracurriculars:

Veritas has three sports teams and participates in a cooperative athletics agreement with Warwick High School. A variety of fine arts opportunities and clubs are available.

Accreditation:

Veritas Academy is accredited by the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS).

College Matriculation beginning with Veritas Class of 2013:
Air Force Academy, American University, Arcadia University, Bloomsburg University, Carnegie Mellon University, Concordia University, Cornerstone University, Covenant College, Dickinson College, Geneva College, George Mason University, Gordon College, Goucher College, Grove City College, Immaculata University, Lancaster Bible College, LeTourneau University, Lycoming College, Merchant Marine Academy, Millersville University, New College Franklin, New Saint Andrews College, Niagara University, Penn State, Point Loma Nazarene University, Schreyer Honors College at Penn State, Smith College, Temple University, Templeton Honors College at Eastern University, The Kings College (NY), University of Oklahoma, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Washington & Lee University, Wentworth Military Academy, Wheaton College, Wilkes University, Wilson College.
General Information:

Veritas Academy

26 Hillcrest Avenue Leola, Pa 17540

www.VeritasAcademy.com

Phone: (717) 556-0690

Fax: (717) 556-0736

CEEB code: 392249

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