Who We Are
Veritas Prep is a public, tuition-free school in Springfield that prepares students in grades 5 through 12 to compete, achieve, and succeed in college and beyond. Veritas Prep accelerates every student’s path to college and career by helping them set a strong academic foundation in middle school and guaranteeing access to college classes and college prep support in our wall-to-wall early-college high school.
At Veritas Prep, we are not only breaking down barriers to college access but also providing the tools students need to persist through college and prepare for a successful career.
Our middle school program has been serving students in Springfield since 2012 and is one of the top middle schools in Springfield. Our scholars are supported by skilled, dedicated, and diverse teachers and are challenged to achieve at high levels academically, socially, and emotionally, setting them up for success as they enter our high school.
Our early-college high school program, in partnership with STCC and Worcester State University, prepares students to earn high-impact college degrees, saving students up to two years’ time in college and thousands of dollars. Students can earn up to an associate degree for free, and the general studies associate degree from STCC means students enter as JUNIORS at any Massachusetts public college or university after high school graduation.
Students at Veritas Prep benefit from high academic standards and robust support, an exceptional learning environment, a diverse staff of high-quality educators, a strong commitment to social/emotional and practical skill development, and an inclusive, anti-racist community that values the identities and backgrounds of all students.
Your Student’s Path to College
With the average cost of college in Massachusetts around $20,000/year and $36,000 at UMASS, Veritas saves students $40,000–$75,000!
Portrait of a Graduate
Our Portrait of a Graduate was created in partnership with our High School Design Team and Advisory Board, which included Veritas families, students, alums, teachers, and staff as well as Springfield community members and representatives from businesses, nonprofits, and higher education.
Our year-long inclusive design process allowed us to hear and incorporate the voices of the families, students, and community we serve in Springfield and to design a school to meet their needs and set our students up for success.
College, Career and Future Ready
- We have a clear future vision
- We plan and act to reach our goals
- We have college and career knowledge and skills
- We cultivate networks and habits to thrive
Learners for Life
- We put people first
- We persist through challenges
- We create, analyze and iterate
- We learn from success and grow from failure
Leaders of Tomorrow
- We speak our truth
- We communicate and collaborate
- We take action for justice
- We own our part
Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), one of our primary college partners, delivers most of our coursework and our degree. STCC has exceptional programs in STEM fields, and offers a wide range of degrees in business, health sciences, engineering, computer science, law and criminal justice, and more.
Worcester State University (WSU), one of our primary partners, is a 4-year public Massachusetts university with excellent programs in health sciences, computer science, business, humanities, and more. It works with many high schools across the state and brings dedication, experience and a 4-year pathway to this partnership.
College and Career Advisory Board
The College and Career Advisory Board (CCAB) advises Veritas Prep and connects students to career experiences like job shadows, internships, and certifications. College partners on the CCAB help create pathways for students to 4-year programs after VPHS graduation.
Veritas Prep is a tuition-free, nonselective public charter school. Any student in Springfield can apply to Veritas Prep’s middle school and high school. Students are chosen via a lottery process held each year.