Veritas Classical Academy History
Who We Are
Veritas is the first school in Orange County to offer Christ-centered, Classical Education for grades K-12. We provide a school-directed, comprehensive curriculum with an emphasis on parent involvement. Students in Grammar school (grades K-6) may enroll in our full-time program attending school five days a week or our hybrid model where they attend school three days a week while parents implement teacher-directed lessons at home on the other two days. Our Logic and Rhetoric schools (grades 7-12) offer a full-time program. Students in grades 7-12 may also choose to enroll in our secondary homeschooling program in which they may choose to take up to three regular courses at Veritas.
Our rigorous academics cover all subjects through the lens of a Christian worldview. In addition to traditional core subjects, such as math, English, history, and science, we offer drama, art, music, and P.E. By incorporating the arts with academics, we aim to develop the whole student.
Classical Education is a time-tested and proven method of educating the next generation. It is based on the trivium which takes into account various stages of development and uses curriculum appropriate for each stage. Classical Education has been around since the time of Socrates and cultivates students who think critically, listen with discernment, reason persuasively, and articulate clearly, all for the glory of God.
The history of Veritas is filled with God’s goodness and mercy. In eight years since its founding in 2012, Veritas has developed into a tight community of families that desire to raise their children through a Christ-centered, classical education.
It began with God preparing Dr. Kim for a career in classical education, training him deeply in theology, philosophy, literature, and languages, and by training him as an educator and an administrator at a seminary, as well as a homeschooling parent. The turning point came when Dr. Kim came across Douglas Wilson’s book, Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, and his heart and mind was set on fire to start a classical school.
With a firm conviction in Mt 6:33 and nothing else—no money, no people, no facility, Dr. Kim prepared and researched into classical education for several more years. Then, in the summer of 2012, Dr. Kim’s family and two other families began to call upon the Lord: “Lord, let us be faithful to your calling in raising our children in the ways of the Lord.” The result was astounding. They prayed for ten students; God provided more than thirty students, and wonderful families and teachers. But, there was no facility, until two weeks before the opening day, God provided a church facility in Brea without charge!
One year later, in the Fall of 2013, Veritas moved to Yorba Linda at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, located on a hill with a beautiful view. Veritas expanded from a hybrid-model to a full-time school with a hybrid option, and from K-8 to K-11 in its third year!
Then, two years later, in the Fall of 2015, Veritas moved to its current location in Fullerton at Branches Church (formerly Temple Baptist). Over the course of two months, many families transformed the dilapidated rooms into beautiful classrooms. Centrally located, families come from near and far from all directions.
At this location, Veritas became fully accredited with WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), hired excellent teachers and trained them through the ACCS and SCL conferences, added new programs (e.g. Directed Studies, AP, International Students, High School Italy Trip), and expanded its extracurricular programs (Rhetoric school mock trial, Logic school debates, robotics, basketball for all ages, secondary volleyball, ballet, yearbook/journalism, art, and band).
During this time, Veritas also developed an art program using the classical approach, and a music program using the Kodaly method, and continued to develop the annual drama productions for all ages.
But the real growth of Veritas is in its people—teachers, students, and parents. Even during many ups and downs of a young school, children grew up like trees planted by the streams of water, in the fertile soil of love, prayer, God’s Word, and Christ-centered worldview.
Parents grew with the children. Through required Parent Practicums, parents grew in their understanding of classical education and parenting. Mothers gather weekly to pray and study a book together. Also, through Parent Teacher Fellowship, mothers support the students and the school through fundraisers, hot lunches, and other activities. Several fathers are also involved in various capacities in supporting the school. In short, heartbeat of the school is the rich spiritual fellowship that exists among the parents, faculty, and staff.