Veritas Academy

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Veritas Academy is the first "University-Model school" opened in Florida.[1] Founded in 2005 by President Rick Hermanns and the administrator, Kira Brown Wilson, under the name Veritas Preparatory Academy it began in Pinellas Park, Florida with 91 students. Serving students K-12th grade, Veritas moved to the campus of Indian Rocks Christian School (IRCS)in the fall of 2008 at which time Veritas Preparatory Academy became Veritas Academy in Largo, Florida. As a ministry of First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, Veritas students join IRCS for athletics and fine art classes.


Veritas is run on the philosophy of the National Association of University-Model Schools (NAUMS), and focuses on parents being involved in their child's education. It accomplishes this objective by having students K-6th grade receive classroom instruction at a central location two days a week and completing assignments directed by the teacher at home on the other days. Middle school students attend classes three days a week and complete assignments on the off days. High school students follow a collegiate schedule of classes, two, three or five days a week.


  1. ^ Rita Farlow (February 7, 2007). "Learning as a family affair". St. Petersburg Times. 

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