What makes Veritas, a University-Model School® (parent-based program), different from a traditional private school?
- High academic standards emphasizing a strong student work ethic:
Although less time is spent in school, a UMS is still a full-time program, and high standards must be set to encourage the development and maintenance of a strong work ethic among students.
- Low student/teacher ratio:
Low student/teacher ratios provide for greater instructional effectiveness and thus better use of limited classroom time.
- Professional and local management:
A UMS must be directed by professionals and governed at the school-level by participating parents.
- Admission policies that consider student supervision:
Since students participating in a UMS will spend less time in the central classroom at school, a UMS must have admission policies that consider the adult supervision of minors while students are in the satellite classroom at home.
- Semester-by semester admission and registration:
Students must enter courses only at the beginning of a semester, not while the semester is in progress.
- Semester Length:
The regular semester length will be 16 weeks each in duration, leaving valuable time off for families in the summer and fall holiday season.
- Single subject (and grade level) classes:
All academic classes for Middle and High School must be offered as single subject (or grade level) classes to best utilize available instructional time.
- Core prerequisites:
Course prerequisites should be established to provide the professional teachers with a clear starting point for course instruction.
- Flexible course level registration:
Course registration at a UMS should be flexible enough to allow students to advance by individual courses rather than by complete grade-level to ensure mastery of all subject matter in a given course sequence.
||Traditional private school
|Progress by individual class mastery
||Progress by one grade level
|Direct partnership with parents
||Less parental involvement
|Two or three day schedule
||Five day schedule
|Variable schedule (part/full-time)
||35+ hours in class