A Charlotte Community
We teach with a student-centered approach where the teacher is a facilitator who serves as a personal model of how to acquire knowledge and serves as a resource to students.
We drive high academic standards through differentiated, collaborative, and inquiry-based instruction, using the Core Knowledge Sequence, a content-rich, sequential, and developmentally-appropriate curriculum that gives students the foundation needed to become capable and creative citizens who are strong readers and mathematicians. We teach with a student-centered approach where the teacher is a facilitator who serves as a personal model of how to acquire knowledge and serves as a resource to students. Our teachers individualize instruction through interpreting data derived from performance assessments thereby challenging all students to perform at their highest level.
Health and Wellness
Health and wellness are the underpinnings to student engagement, sustained attention, and ultimately, student achievement. We create an environment where exercise and healthy eating choices are the daily norm, for research has shown that exercise and a balanced, healthy diet stimulate alert, active bodies and minds in students, leading to higher academic achievement and a higher happiness factor in the school.
For more information on our Nourish to Flourish Food Program click here.
Each teacher models, guides, and practices socio-emotional skills to give students the opportunity to discuss and resolve conflicts within themselves and without. This gives teachers and students a common language to solve problems peacefully and collaboratively, raising students’ sense of safety and ultimately, grades and performance on achievement tests
No. VERITAS Community School is a tuition-free public charter school.
A charter school is a public school that receives public money but has been freed of some of the rules and regulations that apply to other public schools in exchange for a higher level of accountability in meeting standards determined by the state.
Charter schools were created to provide innovative educational choices for students and their families. Charter schools may choose their own academic program and set policies that reflect the school’s mission and goals.
Charter schools receive public funding, but the funding does not include capital dollars to cover the cost of the facility. Charter schools operate on much less funding per student than traditional public schools do and could not provide the excellent education they do without the generous support of individuals, businesses, and foundations.
Yes. The United States Department of Education requires all charter schools to have enrollment procedures that promotes equal opportunity for all. An Open Enrollment period that leads to a lottery is the first step in providing equal opportunity.
We begin Open Enrollment in January and accept applications from then until the beginning of March. Should we have more applications than spots available, students are selected by lottery.
We will hold a public lottery on the second Tuesday in March at 7:30PM at our school home.
Within one week of the lottery, we will send you a letter, letting you know about the results of the lottery. If your child secured placement at VERITAS, we will send our welcome packet that includes all the documentation we will need to enroll your child and all the information you will need to prepare your child to be a student at VERITAS. You will be expected to return the documentation to us by the date indicated on the letter. If we do not receive the documentation from you by the specified date, the next student on the wait list will be offered the spot.
After a grade level is filled, applicants are put on a waiting list in the order in which they were drawn, and we may register as seats become available. Please read more about our Enrollment Policies and Procedures here.
VERITAS is committed to enrolling a diverse student population and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation or ability. VERITAS admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation and ability. All families are encouraged to apply.
Based on where our student population resides, we will offer cluster bus stops, beginning in Uptown Charlotte and moving through various neighborhoods until we reach our school location.
School hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to Noon on Friday to give students vital play time and to give our teaching team focused professional development time. Before and after school programming will be available for a fee for those families who need after-school care for their children.
On Mondays through Fridays, before school programming will begin at 7:00AM and will include time for children to eat breakfast and participate in activities until they are dismissed to their class at 7:45AM.
We offer after school programming provided by the Johnston YMCA (3025 N. Davidson Street) each school day. Registration and initial payment are made on-site at the YMCA.
We follow the traditional August — June school year, and we follow the same calendar as CMS with the exception of CMS’s four early release days. For VERITAS, those days will be regular school days.
VERITAS implements the Core Knowledge Curriculum based on ideas presented by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. In each grade students are exposed to a broad range of historical, scientific, and cultural topics that build upon one another to prepare students for educational success. For more information, visit www.coreknowledge.org.
In our PE classes, we use the SPARK Curriculum, which guides students toward enjoying and seeking out physical activity; developing and maintaining acceptable levels of physical fitness; and learning so much more about the mind-body connection and how it impacts them in the classroom and in life in general. For more information, visit http://www.sparkpe.org/.
We teach the Peaceful Classroom Curriculum to give students the tools to resolve conflict within themselves and with other people. For more information, visit https://www.peacefulschools.com/.
We serve grades K-7.
Yes, students are required to wear “spirit wear” in accordance to VERITAS’ Uniform Policy. Bottoms include khaki or black shorts, trousers, or skorts; black or grey sweatpants; or black or gray athletic shorts. For more more information on our “spirit wear”, click here.
Yes, all public schools must comply with the provisions found in the McKinney-Vento Act in meeting the unique needs of homeless students. Ms. Dawkins is our designated Homeless Liaison and is tasked with ensuring students who are homeless or are in danger of becoming homeless receive a free and appropriate education. For more information, visit:
North Carolina Homeless Education Program
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the office Monday – Friday between 8:00am – 3:30pm to speak with Ms. Dawkins.
School Report Cards
VERITAS Community School focuses on the whole child, meeting them where they are to elevate them to be their best self. As a school, we do not just say the whole child rather we live it. We provide direct social-emotional guidance and support along with strategic data-driven academic instruction to develop well-rounded citizens of tomorrow. We view our students as more than a number and measure success on more than academic achievement. We understand each parent and/or student advocate aspires for students to be successful in life and our goal is to make sure they have the knowledge and the skills necessary to express their abilities effectively. To view our state-issued report card click here.