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Veritas Prep achieves top position in AZ Board of Regents report


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  • Jessica Taylor/Great Hearts Arizona

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Veritas Preparatory Academy, a school within the Great Hearts Academies charter school network, was recently ranked in the top three public high schools in Arizona based on four-year college completion rates.

The rankings were published in an Arizona Board of Regents Report reviewing four-year college completion rates from public Arizona high schools in 2007-2008.

Veritas Prep achieves top position in AZ Board of Regents report VeritasStudentsWorkingHPAmong all schools assessed, Veritas Prep ranks third of 465; among schools with no entrance requirements, it is second of 465.

“Veritas Prep students participate in a challenging and well-rounded academic curriculum that includes four years of lab science, two years of calculus and intensive foreign language study. This engages them as lifelong learners and shapes them into critical thinkers,” said Douglas Minson, headmaster of Veritas Prep.

“Our curriculum incorporates a dedicated focus on college counseling and preparation that ensures our students are positioned for success in any field of study at the most prestigious institutions,” Minson said.  “By the time our seniors graduate they will have spent countless hours working with college counselors, participating in hands-on college application workshops with college admissions officers, and meeting with as many as 90 college representatives in on-campus information sessions.”

“We’re thrilled to see our Veritas Prep graduates recognized for their outstanding four-year college completion rates,” said Erik Twist, President of Great Hearts Arizona. “This data evaluated the first graduating class from our first school, making this recognition particularly notable. Great Hearts is committed to providing the best education possible to Arizona students, through our tuition-free public schools. We are proud to see more than 95% of Great Hearts graduates immediately attend four-year colleges and universities.”

Since opening Veritas Prep in 2004, Great Hearts has seen a steady demand for its schools. Today, it operates 22 academies across the Phoenix area and recently expanded its network into Texas. In Arizona, Great Hearts serves more than 11,000 students, with a wait list that exceeds current enrollment.

About Great Hearts Academies:

A Great Hearts education transforms students into leaders prepared for the 21st century by teaching the skills necessary for success: the ability to innovate through creativity, the ability to communicate clearly, the ability to apply critical thought through analysis and questioning the world around us, and through building virtue and character in order to demonstrate ethical judgment and integrity.

  • The Great Hearts SAT average over the past four years is 1829, a steady 300+ point advantage over the national average.
  • More than 95% of Great Hearts graduates immediately attend four-year colleges and universities
  • The 272 graduates in the Great Hearts Class of 2015 (across six academies) earned nearly $35M in scholarships and were invited to attend the most prestigious universities in the country.
  • In 2014, Great Hearts academies’ mean scores on the OECD Test for Schools (based on international PISA test) outscored every other participating nation, except – in certain instances – Shanghai.

Learn more at www.greatheartsaz.org.

For more information, please contact Jessica Taylor, director of communications of Great Hearts Arizona, at
jtaylor@greatheartsaz.org or  (602) 889-5034.