Veritas Prep is an anti-racist organization, committed to fostering an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion, across our campuses. Our work is guided by our Anti-Racism Principles and Standards, created in 2020 by our Anti-Racism Change Team, a diverse group of teachers, leaders, and staff. Our Change Team meets regularly to discuss and act on issues of equity and race and to ensure our school policies and practices reflect our Anti-Racism Standards.
In addition, Veritas Prep provides robust, biweekly anti-racism training and professional development that:
- Explores culturally responsive teaching and student support
- Helps us examine our own biases and how they can impact our practice and our students
- Explores the history of racism in the educational system and in our country
- Understands how those systems have and still do marginalize students of color
We also facilitate biweekly affinity groups, so that teachers of common identities can connect and support each other.
This commitment to anti-racism is central to Veritas’s mission of preparing students to compete, achieve, and succeed in college and beyond; to recruiting and retaining a diverse staff of educators who look like and share experiences with our students; and to ensuring that that all teachers understand the impact of racism and their own biases when supporting and educating our scholars. Research shows that racially and ethnically diverse teachers produce a myriad of positive outcomes for all children, especially the most historically marginalized, with positive impacts on everything ranging from college enrollment to identification and support of gifted students, and student feelings of belonging.
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.