Private school offers rigorous study, homeschooling

Tamu Tuboku-Metzger sent her first child to various small schools in search of the ideal fit. But in each case, she found most of the learning was taking place at home. “It just seemed I was doing so much,” said the Dunwoody mom said.

Though she wasn’t ready to take on all the responsibility of being a home-schooling parent, Tuboku-Metzger found a balance at Veritas Classical Schools that operate in four locations on Atlanta’s northside and a few beyond.

“I heard about the school through a friend of mine who did homeschool and who explained to me that this was a hybrid,” said Tuboku-Metzger. “When my daughter was in elementary school, she went two days a week for classes in science and humanities, and came back with homework packets. I liked that the curriculum was rigorous and went along with what I had in mind.”

Tuboku-Metzger now has her two youngest children in the program that meets at Tapestry Church in Roswell. Her oldest, Laini, is 16 and in Veritas’s eleventh grade, where she follows the same two-day class schedule for AP history and English. She also spends two days dual-enrolled at Georgia State’s Perimeter campus.

“I really like that it’s very flexible,” said Laini, who aspires to be a pediatrician. “I finished pre-calculus in tenth grade. And as a high schooler at GSU, I see how Veritas has helped me understand how to schedule my time.”

Using a university-styled approach, Veritas is an accredited, nontraditional school that has offered classical education for students in kindergarten through high school since 1995. By middle school, the curriculum emphasizes speech, debate, logic and critical thinking, and puts a focus on writing. Students come together two or three times a week to meet with instructors and are assigned independent work outside the classroom.

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