As Veritas Preparatory School enters its third year serving the families of Williamsburg and the surrounding area, we remain committed to providing our community with the best possible education. To that end, I am happy to announce that Veritas has established the Marianne and Joseph H. Kelly scholarship program for families who are unable to meet the demands of private school tuition. Classical education is without question the best education has to offer today. At Veritas students realize school is not merely about preparing them to enter the workforce, but learning how to find happiness in life. The rapid spread of classical schools across the United States testifies to the appeal and value of this educational model.
At Veritas we look to a long tradition of learning, one that extends back through Western civilization to the Greeks and Romans. We do this because the great works of antiquity are the sources of our literature, our political theory, and our science. Christians adopted and adapted these sources, while enriching the classical tradition with their own texts, principally the Bible, which occupies the dominant place in Western thought.
Our educational philosophy is based on a belief that human beings are made unique in the natural world through their intelligence and free will. Our ability to contemplate truth and beauty are the source of human wonder. Far too often this curiosity is crushed under the weight of testing and busy work. The human soul only strives for greatness when it is inspired by great ideas and directed towards great pursuits. The realization that truth about the physical world, human nature, and God can be discovered through study and thought have inspired man since the beginning of time. Inspiration is best achieved by introducing students into the tradition of Western thought and “the best that has been thought and said.” By introducing our students to these works, we give them the means to enter the “great conversation” about the most important questions facing humanity, such as the existence of God, the immortality of the soul, and the best human life has to offer.
The classical tradition of education does not look to merely hand down truths. It primarily aims at preparing students’ minds to see the truth for themselves. Throughout western history, the liberal arts have been used to enable the student to seek the truth. Liberal arts such as grammar, logic, arithmetic, and geometry are timeless. Students undergoing such an education will be able to think clearly, write well, and express their views persuasively.
This education addresses not only the mind but also the character. Because we desire what we see as good, learning about virtue and human excellence will influence behavior. Helped by the example and encouragement of our teachers and faculty, our students will grow in both the knowledge and practice of the virtues. They will learn to seek their own good and the good of the communities of which they are a part. The truly educated person will be the best citizen of their country.
The Marianne and Joseph H. Kelly Scholarship program provides every parent the opportunity to give their child the best education possible. We still have openings for 2016-2017 school year. If you would like to learn more about Veritas please call (757)903-0633 or come by and visit. Our hours of operation are from 7:30- 3:30 pm Monday through Friday.