VERITAS CLASSICAL ACADEMY  
Taking young minds seriously

P.O. Box 982
115 Victory Place
Marietta, Ohio 45750
(740) 885-2033


June 16, 2015
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IMPORTANT
DATES
August 27 - Orientation
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
August 31, 2015

Uniform Policy
We regard seventh and eighth grade students as young adults, entering into a stage of increasing responsibility and maturity.  We acknowledge this growth in our students in a variety of ways, including the uniform policy.  All students should strive to set a good example for their younger schoolmates and each other. Toward that end, we especially encourage our oldest students to maintain a neat and modest appearance and to conduct themselves in a manner that befits their status at the Academy. Seventh and eighth grade students wear ties, and a jacket is awarded once the student has spent a full year at the Academy. For more details, please click here.
Check Out Our Full Curriculum!
Do you know what your children are learning (or not learning) in school? Because we are partners with parents in the education of their children, parents should know what we are teaching.   Click here to view the entire curriculum.
Instructor
Aaron Courtney
Martial Arts classes begin this summer.

SIGN UP DATES
July 3 & 6
5:30pm
VCA Gym

Tae Kwon Do
for children ages 5-15

Tae Kwon Do and
 Hwa Rang Hapkido
for adults ages 16 & up

For more information, contact Aaron Courtney 
(740) 525 9528
(740) 984 4236
60%
That is the increase in enrollment for 2015-16 thus far.  Don't miss your opportunity to enroll in the Academy!  

To schedule a tour, please email us at
info@veritasmarietta.com


From the Headmaster
Our educational model places individual parent/teacher cooperation above standardized testing. Nonetheless, we administer and utilize standardized tests to compare to standards used by like schools.  

The use of standardized testing in the 1930s began the "test and measure" movement and established the SAT.  Its initial success was built on the separation of testing and teaching but unfortunately, became institutionalized.       Consequently, the learning relationship transformed into a barcode approach and reduced the magic of the classroom to a state/federal reportable number.

We, at VCA, properly place learning above standardized testing while acknowledging its place in our society.  We are happy with our results but mindful that the fullness of our mission cannot be reflected therein.
Welcome to Veritas Classical Academy! Our mission is to develop the academic potential and personal character of each student through an academically rich educational experience.
 
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Fresh Gardens

Our front gardens received a much needed cleanup recently thanks to the efforts of the green thumb brigade: Linda and Ray Ritter, Karen, Mark and Maggie Morris, and Caroline and Evan Waller. The gardens look beautiful, and we are very appreciative of the many hours these volunteers spent sprucing them up.

 

The group will likely weed the gardens every few weeks and maybe plant some additional greenery.  If you'd like to join them, please contact Linda Ritter at 740 222 7986.

 


 

Advisory Board Member, Jason Jones, Visits VCA
Hailing from Hawaii via Hollywood, film producer and VCA Advisory Board member, Jason Jones, found his way to Marietta recently to visit the Academy.  Mr. Jones' work producing and promoting life-affirming films and humanitarian causes has taken him around the globe, but his heart is in Oahu where he lives with his wife and children.  Some of the notable films Mr. Jones has produced or promoted include Bella, Man of Steel, October Baby, and more recently, Little Boy  and Where Hope Grows.   Many of his short and feature films have won critical acclaim, such as Crescendo  and The Stoning of Soraya M.  

Visiting the Academy for the first time, Jones was impressed with the depth and breadth of what we offer,  "This is the kind of school I wish I had attended.  It offers the kind of traditional, rigorous, virtue-based education that every young American will need to become a hard worker, a reliable parent, a faithful spouse, and a thoughtful, engaged citizen.  It revives the mode of teaching that formed our founding fathers and carried on American greatness through two more centuries.  Students who emerge with such an education will be better prepared for college, but much more importantly, for life."

Thank you, Mr. Jones, for spending some time with us and for your support of our efforts.
What the Iowa Test Told Us
Veritas Classical Academy students in grades 3rd - 6th took the Iowa Test of Basic Skills just prior to the end of the school year. The Iowa Test, as it's known, is the standardized test most used by private schools in the United States as well as many public school districts.

Before administering the test, we made it clear to parents that students should feel no apprehension about taking the test.  We did not waste precious classroom time studying for the test nor building any expectations about it.  The test is an administrative tool used to assess our judgments about the strength of the curriculum and its delivery at VCA.  

We strive to ensure that everything we do at VCA is in furtherance of our mission.  To that end, we posed several questions before administering the Iowa Test.  What was the goal of administering the test, what were we trying to measure, and for what purpose? Our conclusions guided us back to our governing premise: ours is a two-fold mission, the development of academic excellence and the development of virtue.  The Iowa Test could perhaps tell us something about the former but nothing about the latter.  Classical schools typically have higher goals, many that cannot be tested on paper.

Standardized tests are one piece of information that helps parents and teachers gauge how well the children are learning, allowing for the limitations of the test and the comparison group.  To attain a more complete picture of the student's academic progress, however, test results must be evaluated along with report cards, teacher observations, parent observations, and even the students' confidence in how much and how well they're learning.

So, while we felt it was useful to administer the Iowa Test and we are pleased with the results, it is merely a small piece of the academic puzzle.  We place greater trust in the proven success of the classical approach over thousands of years than in current norms and standards.  We also acknowledge our dedicated school parents, who have the primary responsibility of educating their children and from whom we derive our authority to form young minds.  VCA faculty and staff will continue to assess our curriculum content and delivery every day and the inculcation of virtue in everything we do. These are the true "standardized tests" we seek to ace.

And now, without further ado, here are the results of our Iowa Tests, grade equivalents for math and English*:
  • 3rd grade students performed at a 4 1/2 grade level
  • 4th grade students performed at a 5 3/4 grade level
  • 5th grade students performed at a 7 1/2 grade level
  • 6th grade students performed at a 10th grade level
*The "grade equivalent" is a number that describes performance in terms of grade level and months. For example, the 5th grade students, on the whole, are performing like typical students finishing their first semester (1/2 the school year) of the 7th grade.

"Fallacies do not cease to become fallacies because they become fashions."
- G.K. Chesterton
Thank you again for your interest in our school.  Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a private meeting.
 
Sincerely,
Kevin & Khadine Ritter (740) 629-7467
Austin & Wendy Rehl (740) 710-9045
Naresh & Melissa Nayak (740) 516-1784
School Office (740) 885-2033
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