We are defying the odds.
At Veritas Prep, our mission is rooted in meeting the needs of our community. We believe that a fifty-fifty graduation rate is not good enough for Springfield’s children, and we are working to ensure that our scholars are able to compete, achieve, and succeed in high school, college, and beyond.
Our school provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and character education within a structured learning environment. We utilize an extended school day, school year, and data-driven instruction to drive dramatic gains in scholar achievement.
In the words of our inaugural graduating class.
Scholar Growth at Veritas Prep
Veritas Preparatory Charter School (Veritas Prep) was granted a charter by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in February, 2011. We opened our doors to our inaugural class of 81 fifth graders in the 2012-2013 school year. Each year since then we have expanded by an additional grade-level to reach full capacity with 324 students in grades 5-8 in the 2015-2016 school year.
After three years at our school, Veritas Prep scholars have surpassed their district peers and are outperforming statewide averages with 83% of Veritas Prep scholars scoring proficient or advanced in English Language Arts (ELA) and 75% scoring proficient or advanced in Math.
Veritas Prep Annual Report 2018
Meet Our Scholars
We admit all of our scholars on a lottery basis, and Veritas Prep is a tuition-free public school. Our school is a publicly funded, independently managed, and non-selective charter school. We welcome scholars of all backgrounds, including scholars with disabilities and English language learners. Our diverse student body mirrors that of Springfield city schools, yet our unique approach places our scholars on a different path.
PHOTO ESSAY: A SNAPSHOT OF LIFE AT VERITAS PREP
RACHEL ROMANO, FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Compelled by the need to address the chronic failure of the city’s middle schools, Ms. Romano founded Veritas Prep Charter School in 2012. Prior to founding Veritas Prep, Ms. Romano was the Principal and Executive Director of the Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter School where she led the school to achieve consistent gains in student achievement and increased enrollment by 62%. A certified Principal and English Teacher in Massachusetts, Ms. Romano spent six years working in the Springfield Public Schools as a teacher and school leader. Ms. Romano earned a B.S. in Journalism from Syracuse University and a M.Ed. in Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts. Ms. Romano was a 2010 Fellow with Building Excellent Schools.
AMY CLARK, PRINCIPAL
Amy Clark joined the Veritas Prep team in 2012 as the founding math teacher, she taught math and science to fifth grade scholars for three years. Mrs. Clark became the school's first Assistant Principal in 2015 before taking the helm as Principal in 2018. As a teacher, Mrs. Clark increased proficiency rates of her scholars by more than 30% and, under her leadership, the school reduced suspension rates by more than 60%. Mrs. Clark is a graduate of Bryant University with a degree in Marketing and Management and a former Teach For America corp member in Detroit, Michigan.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES