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The Value of Veritas Academy

April 09, 2014
By IRCS
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 Where can parents turn when they want a quality private school education for their children, but need the flexibility of a Christian homeschool in Pinellas County, Fla? At Indian Rocks Christian School we have the ideal answer.

Veritas Academy is a K-8 University Model School that is a part of Indian Rocks Christian School. Classes are structured similar to college classes – hence the term University Model School. Students in elementary grades attend school onsite two days a week, while students in middle school attend three. The other days of the week are then open for parental instruction, and other family activities. 

But Veritas is more than a Christian homeschool/private school hybrid –  it is a community of parents and educators who believe that parents should be the primary teachers of their children, and are ultimately responsible for instructing them in the ways of God "when they rise up, when they go through the day, and when they lie down," (Deuteronomy 6).

The value of a Veritas Academy education cannot be understated. At its core, Veritas Academy is about teaching the truth of God. In fact, the word Veritas literally means truth and is fundamental to every aspect of this University Model School. Developing a strong work ethic, godly character and academic discipline are central to what we do. Teachers are committed to character training and extending the love and grace of God to their students.

The benefits of University Model School are numerous. But here are three reasons families might choose this particular model of education.

1.       Academic Excellence

All Veritas Academy curriculum is challenging and God-honoring. At the elementary level, we begin with the basics of phonics, history, grammar, math and science. By the time a student reaches middle school, they are ready for college-preparatory coursework. Choices for upper grades include foreign language, theology, fine arts and Advanced Placement core classes. All curriculum at Veritas Academy, like the coursework at Indian Rocks Christian School, is based on a biblical worldview and character development is integrated into every class. Additionally, the level of parental involvement expected is clearly articulated for each course.

2.       Accreditation

Unlike most traditional Christian homeschools in Pinellas County, Fla., Veritas Academy is fully accredited. It is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), certified with the National Association of University Model Schools (NAUMS) and is accredited through IRCS.

3.       Student Experiences and Athletics

Students enrolled at Veritas Academy have a variety of options when it comes to extra-curricular activities and athletics. Through ENRICH, a ministry that provides classes for the homeschool community of Pinellas County and Veritas students, children in kindergarten through sixth grade may participate in classes such as Lego League, music or art.  Field trips are offered every Friday. They may also participate in academic competitions like the spelling bee, speech competition and math Olympics.

Additionally, students of Veritas Academy are invited to participate in athletics through Indian Rocks Christian School. The IRCS Golden Eagle Athletic Program sponsors 45 teams in 16 sports including football, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, basketball, bowling, cross country, golf and tennis.

Find out more about our Christian homeschool solution in Pinellas County, Fl.

This is just a snapshot of why parents tell us they love Veritas Academy. But you're invited to find out for yourself. Come meet with one of our experienced counselors and see if this University Model School model is right for your family. To schedule a meeting, call 727-593-8791 or email mail@indianrocks.org. You may also fill out this online request for information.