In Their Own Words
Our new, upstart charter school is like an education entrepreneurship, and our profit is student achievement. Weâ€™ve started a new school where we can create and grow it each day, and it takes an entrepreneurial spirit to work here.
At Veritas Prep we offer students the opportunity to get a comprehensive, college-bound education that other public school students are not getting.Â We have a structured environment, rigorous expectations, and we have individualized tutoring, instruction, and support every day for any student who needs it.Â First itâ€™s the parents who want their children to come here, but then the students really â€śget itâ€ť and know in their core itâ€™s the best place for them to learn and grow.
I would like to learn how not to be nervous and to speak my mind. I plan on attending the University of Massachusetts in Amherst to become a nurse and learn how to deliver babies.Â I need to be skilled, determined, and caring.
Teachers at Veritas Prep are serious about doing their job.Â They helped me learn how to be more focused. When I wasnâ€™t focused, I wasnâ€™t learning what I should be. The teachers teach in a different way than other schoolsâ€”theyâ€™re more interesting.Â At first I didnâ€™t like coming to Veritas, but it changed. We have longer days and a longer year, but we need it, to learn more.Â Â I realized the teachers were helping me learn differently.Â I could have relaxing conversations with them that helped me and not make me feel bad.Â My teachers didnâ€™t give up; they kept trying to help me. My attitude has totally changed especially how I react to things. Now I just keep moving on.Â If I didnâ€™t change, they said I may have to repeat the grade. I really didnâ€™t want to stay back, so every day, I said to myself, â€śCome on, you can do it!â€ťÂ The teachers believed in me, encouraged me, and helped me learn things every day. Iâ€™m looking forward to an even better year this yearâ€¦and Iâ€™m glad to be back.
Grade 6, August 2013
By the time I leave Veritas Prep after 8th grade, I will try to accomplish a really high quality education and have the highest honors. My goal is to graduate from Harvard University where I will study to become a doctor or an engineer. I must learn not to give up.
Itâ€™s been great to incorporate my experience at a high-performing charter school (Boston Collegiate) to help be part of the creation of a new charter school here in Springfield.Â I know from that experience that school wide routines and a unified, talented staff are the keys to success.Â Knowing that we have the flexibility to create our new school and new culture is very exciting.
I want to be able say that because of Veritas Prep I will be successful in high school, earning all Aâ€™s and Bâ€™s by senior year.Â What I must have to become what I want to be are smartness, kindness, and most of all, diplomas.