In order to disciple students to delight, discern, and display the glory of God in Jesus Christ, it is necessary to have an academic vision that supports such a mission.
First, our academic vision is Christ-centered first and foremost. Christ is our goal, motivation, and the model. Christ is the arche, the first principle, in all academic pursuit. He is the very living manifestation of God, so that it is through him, we come to know our God, and as the God-man, Jesus is the one who brings together heaven and earth, the fulfillment of all that God promises to man. All promises of God are fulfilled in Christ, all things are held together by Christ, so that it is only by understanding the Lordship of Christ in all things that students truly understand God’s truth, goodness, and beauty.
Christ is the captain of our faith, and since faith precedes a fuller understanding of anything, we need the Spirit of Christ to guide us into all truth. Developing our children’s personal faith in Christ is essential to the intellectual growth of our students. Christ is not only the goal and the motivation, but also the model. Our students become more like Christ the more they know about him and follow him. We become more like him not in a moralistic sense of imitating a set of behaviors and traits, but in a sense we are joined in him as the source of our life, and driven toward the same goal/vision of life in God, for which he has taken hold of the believers.
Second, Veritas is committed to an academic vision, where the academic pursuit is integrated with growth of the whole person of the student because the natural way in which God reveals himself fully is in the context of the life of the whole person. This holistic approach is also important because students practice what they learn in a fuller context of life. In terms of curriculum, this means that curriculum is as integrated as possible within individual subjects, so that for example, philosophy/history of math and science are taught along with math and science, and that rhetoric is applied from JK to 12 th grade, and that history, literature, and Christian studies are taught in close collaboration with one another.
In terms of the overall curriculum, we are committed to integrating the liberal arts, fine arts, and the common arts for students to be able to experience the glory of God more fully. For method of education, Veritas is committed to a balance of academic robustness and leisure, where robustness refers to the academic depth and comprehensiveness in scope, rather than shallowness of content and defragmented understanding of a subject only within its narrow limited secular scope. Leisure refers to the time spent on digesting, meditating, and enjoying something learned.
Flourishing to Maximum Potential
Third, Veritas is committed to the flourishing of every child to his or her maximum potential, as God intended for every child. It is committed to the liberal arts goal of training a child to be a free person, to be free to enjoy and honor God in all that he does.
This is what it means to train our children in the “paideia of the Lord” (Eph 6:4). It is committed to setting the high standard which God has set for every child and helping each one of them to strengthen their weaknesses and developing their strengths, so that a child can more fully enjoy God. The full scope of Veritas’ goal for each student is laid out in the “Portrait of a Veritas Graduate.”
Fourth, developmentally speaking, Veritas is committed to helping students to grow in wonder, worship, wisdom, and work. This is a slightly different way of looking at “delight, discern, display” theme.
In the grammar school years, Veritas is committed to cultivating a sense of wonder and delight in the Lord in all that a student learns. This takes place by filling the children’s mind and heart with stories that reflect God’s truth, goodness, and beauty, and by leading them to enjoy God’s truth, goodness, and beauty in nature, history, language arts, math & science, physical education, and the fine arts.
In the logic school years, Veritas is committed to cultivating a child’s relationship with Christ, both in understanding and in relationship. Just as Christ debated with the teachers of the law in the synagogue at the age of 12, it is necessary for logic students to sharpen their minds and soften their hearts to worship God more fully.
In the rhetoric school years, Veritas is committed to developing students’ wisdom and work. Wisdom is cultivated by applying the things students learned about God in understanding history, literature, and in the challenges of our times. This application is done through socratic discussions, mock trials, declamations, essay/thesis writing, and fine arts presentations. Lastly, students begin to learn the value and ethics of work. Responsibility, time management, organization, spirit of servanthood, team work,
problem-solving, and enjoyment of God through work, are all skills learned while doing major projects especially in the junior and senior years.