Veritas Academy is purposefully small. We know our students and build relationships with the whole family. Here is how micro-schools are changing the look of education:
- We are learner-driven. Students have a choice and a voice in their education. Their interests and passions are taken into account in personalizing their learning path.
- We work in mixed age groupings. Where else in life do we strictly segregate people into one-year age groupings? When we segregate by single years, a pattern emerges that is seen in classrooms all over the US. We notice a split in the group…those who are average…those who fall behind…and those who are bored and being held back. With mixed-age groupings, those divisions fall away and students are free to do two things: slow down while learning deeply, and be in continual forward motion, stretching and growing at a faster pace.
- Our teachers take on the role of “guides.” They guide students on their personal learning path, focusing on encouraging a growth mindset and modeling skills to support life-long learning.
- We utilize adaptive learning technology to hold students accountable so that they can learn at their own pace. It’s like providing a private tutor for each and every student.
- We use Socratic discussion to support a learner-driven environment. Asking questions instead of giving answers empowers students to search for answers, process information more fully, and develop a deeper understanding of the topic.
- We go beyond hands-on learning, by utilizing Project Based Learning to provide an authentic, experiential, and collaborative learning experience. Our projects encompass history, science, reading and writing, mathematics, entrepreneurship, engineering, technology, and creative endeavors.