Terms and Conditions
2017-2018 Academic Year
This agreement is for the purpose of running efficient and effective online classes. It is made between Veritas Press, Inc. (“Veritas”), aka Veritas Press Scholars Academy (“VPSA”), each individual student or his legal guardian (“Student”), the parent(s) of each Student (“Parents”), and each person auditing a course or his legal guardian (“Auditor”). A teacher (“Teacher”) who will be an agent of Veritas for all matters related to each course will be assigned to teach, grade all work, and communicate Student’s progress with Parents.
- Parental Responsibility: Parents are expected to take primary responsibility for the Student’s education, to supervise Student’s academic work, and to assure that assignments are completed in required formats and by due dates. This includes monitoring of Student’s exams (as applicable) and proofreading any writing assignments before final submission. Parents may delegate the task of proofreading as they deem prudent or necessary. Parents are expected to procure all required equipment and materials needed for each registered course.
- Parent/Student Handbook: Parents agree to read the Parent/Student Handbook as well as the Syllabus for each course in which their student is enrolled, and agree to them.
- Contact Information: Any changes to contact information should be made in the Account Management website, found at https://vpsa.veritaspress.com.
- Technology: Parents are responsible to ensure that Internet and Learning Management System access, computers, headset with microphone, and any additional peripherals needed for Parents and Student are working properly. Hardware and software requirements are attached hereto as Appendix C.
- Attendance: Students are strongly encouraged to attend all live, online classes. Students will make every reasonable effort to be present for class. Class archives are available in the Learning Management System. Students are expected to watch the archive and complete the Archive Viewing Report for any missed classes. Students are responsible for obtaining any notes or assignments and completing any graded material from any classes missed.
- Student Progress: Parents have real time access to all their students’ grades in the Learning Management System and are able to view or print a report of current grades at any time. Teachers will provide comments regarding students’ progress throughout the school year and at the end of each quarter. Only final grades are official. VPSA does not email a report card.
- Transcripts: Transcripts are only provided to Students who are part of the VPSA Diploma Program.
Academic Dishonesty: Cheating on any assignment is considered academic dishonesty. This includes plagiarism in any form. Cheating will be dealt with in the following manner:
a. If a student is caught cheating, he will receive a zero on the assignment and will be placed on academic probation for the remainder of the school year.
b. If the same student is caught cheating again, he will likely be expelled.
c. No refunds will be granted for students who are expelled due to cheating.
d. A Disciplinary Action Form will be submitted by the student’s teacher for any instance of academic dishonesty.
- Writing Quality: It is assumed that the Student will have sufficient mastery of English writing skills including grammar, vocabulary, and expression commensurate with the level of the class. Parent expressly agrees that this is the case by registering Student.
- Special Accommodations: Learning disabilities and other special needs must be documented by a medical professional and communicated by parents to VPSA Administration. Learning accommodations will be determined by Administration in consultation with parents and/or designated professionals. Teachers do not have the authority to make accommodations and will be given direction from Administration when appropriate accommodations have been determined.
Tuition and Fees:
a. All tuition and fees must be paid in a timely manner according to the agreement found in Appendix B. Failure to do so will result in the student being withheld access to the class until payment delinquencies are resolved.
b. Tuition payment options for live online and self-paced courses for the current school year are found on VPSA registration pages. Tuition payment options for Independent Studies, You Teach Diploma and External courses are found on the Veritas website. A nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of registration. The course deposit holds a spot in the registered class and covers administrative costs associated with the registration process. The remaining balance is either paid at the time of registration or is scheduled within the terms of a payment plan (see Appendix B). Books and other required materials are in addition to published course costs and must be paid for at the time of purchase.
c. There is no payment plan or pre-pay discount for summer courses. A nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of registration. After the deposit is paid for a summer course, the remaining balance is due no later than two weeks prior to the first day of class.
d. Books and other required materials are in addition to the published course costs.
Wait Lists: Wait lists help us determine when there is demand for more sections of a course at a particular meeting time. When demand is sufficient, we will open new sections to meet the needs of wait-listed students. Therefore, the same deposit to register for a secured seat is required to go on the waitlist. Wait list deposits are nonrefundable unless
a. we are unable to offer a seat in the wait list section and do not offer another section of the course on the same day and times by two weeks after the start of school or, in the case of a summer class, two weeks prior to the start of the summer term.
b. the student takes a different section of the same class from us during the same year.
If a student pays the deposit to be on a waitlist for a class (e.g., Section A) and then pays the deposit for an open seat in a different section of the same class (e.g., Section B), and then the wait listed class (Section A) has an opening, the deposit paid for the second registration (Section B) will be transferable to the registration balance of the waitlisted class (Section A). One deposit may be transferred into a waitlisted section, as outlined above. However, if a third registration (Section C) is also made, that deposit is not transferrable.
If a student pays a wait list deposit and does not register for a different section of that class, and then decides he wants to remove himself from the wait list and take a different class, the wait list deposit fee is transferable to the different class.
- Withdrawals:Students withdrawing prior to the start of term may receive a full refund, less deposits to the original payment method. Students withdrawing within the first two weeks of class (within the first week for summer classes) are entitled to a full tuition course credit (not including deposit). A 50% tuition course credit is available for students who withdraw after the first two weeks and before December 1st or the first workday thereafter. Late enrollees are also entitled to a full tuition course credit (not including deposit) during the first two weeks of enrollment. No refunds are available for late enrollments if a withdrawal occurs after the first two weeks. All tuition course credits can be applied to current or future course enrollments and must be used on or before the first day of the next school year. No cash refunds will be provided. Refunds for Self-Paced courses are only available sixty days from the date of purchase.
The Application Fee to the Diploma Program is non-refundable. Once the initial yearly consultation has occurred, withdrawal within three days entitles the family to a 50% refund of the enrollment fee. After three days, no refund is available.
- Transfers: A $15 fee will be charged to the credit card on file for all transfers. Transfers are usually permitted only in the first semester.
- Late Enrollments: Any student enrolling in a class after the class has met for two weeks will be considered a Late Enrollee. Students are expected to be fully prepared for the material being covered at the time of their admission into the course or shortly thereafter. Late enrollees will work with teachers to determine any necessary makeup work.
Diploma Enrollment: The annual enrollment fee, when paid for a student, confirms that student’s enrollment in the VPSA Diploma Program. Enrollment entitles the student to various benefits of the Diploma Program during the coming academic year and entitles parents to a yearly consultation and counsel during the enrollment period as the academic year approaches.
a. Enrollment Period: November through the following October
b. Academic Year: June through the following May
c. Existing Premium students not re-enrolled by January 1 of the new Enrollment period will transition to Classic level service until they re-enroll at the Premium level for the upcoming school year.
d. Existing Premium students enrolling for their senior year will have Premium service until they graduate in May.
e. Existing Premium and Classic students must re-enroll no later than August 15 of the new Enrollment period to remain in the Diploma Program. It is strongly recommended that Diploma families re-enroll by January 1.
Students not re-enrolled in the Diploma Program who wish to be re-instated must re-apply, and are not guaranteed admission.
- Auditing Classes: Individuals who sign up to audit a class will pay a slightly reduced tuition including a nonrefundable deposit. No credit will be granted. A student auditing a class will be enrolled in a separate Audit section of the course. They will have access to archives and the course assignment sheet but no assessments. Auditors are not expected to complete any assignments, nor will any student work be evaluated by the teacher. Auditor will have no teacher contact.
Cancellations or Changes to Classes: Class offerings and teachers are subject to change without notice. When cancellations or changes are made by VPSA, registered students may elect to be transferred to a different section if seats are available and will not be charged a transfer fee. Upon withdrawal from the course within ten days of the cancellation or change notification, any deposit and paid tuition may be refunded, or course credit provided, at the customer’s discretion.
- Statement of Faith: Parents and Students understand that teaching will be consistent with the Statement of Faith and Philosophy attached hereto as Appendix A and explicitly consent to their children being taught accordingly. The Veritas Press Statement of Faith is also contained in the VPSA Parent/Student Handbook.
a. For live secondary classes, Student must be at least 12 years old on or before the first day of class, unless noted otherwise for specific classes. Exceptions may be made by the headmaster.
b. For live grammar school classes, Student must be at least eight (8) years old on or before the first day of class but not older than thirteen (13) years old when the class starts, unless noted otherwise for specific classes. Exceptions may be made by the headmaster.
c. Student must have immediate access to all books and other required materials used for the course in the version stipulated by Veritas.
d. Each course registered is to be used by a single child.
e. If a family has more than one student enrolled in the same class, each student must have his own computer and headset/microphone. Veritas assumes no responsibility for the technology used by Students.
f. Teacher may restrict student in any way teacher deems advisable to minimize any adverse effect on others.
g. Student must have a reasonable ability to type on a computer keyboard.
h. Student must have access to a device (e.g., scanner, smartphone) to upload course assignments when relevant.
i. Communications by Teacher to any Parents or Student will be sent using our Learning Management System. A message will be deemed to have been received and read 24 hours after it is sent.
Arbitration. Any claim or controversy arising out of or relating to your use of our website, your registration in any classes or clubs, your use of our product(s), or any act or omission for which you may contend that we are liable, including but not limited to any claim or controversy as to arbitrability (dispute), shall be finally and exclusively settled by binding arbitration. Judgment upon any award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered by any state or federal court having jurisdiction in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The arbitrator shall not have the power to award damages in connection with any dispute in excess of the actual compensatory damages and shall not multiply actual damages or award consequential, punitive or exemplary damages, and each party irrevocably waives any claim thereto. Neither you nor we shall be entitled to join or consolidate claims in arbitration by or against other consumers or arbitrate any claim as a representative or member of a class or in a private attorney general capacity. You voluntarily and knowingly waive any right they have to a jury trial. These terms provide that all disputes between you and us will be resolved by binding arbitration. You thus give up your rights to go to court to assert or defend your rights. You also give up your rights to participate in or bring class actions. Your rights will be determined by neutral arbitrator(s), not a judge or jury.
Statement of Faith and Philosophy
Veritas Press Scholars Academy
We believe that the sixty-six books of the Holy Bible are the only authoritative, inerrant Word of God. Further, we believe that these Scriptures are our final rule in all matters of faith and practice.
We believe that there is but one God, eternally existent in three Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that Adam, the first man, sinned in his disobedience toward God and that through his disobedience, sin extended to all his posterity. Consequently, all are born sinners, spiritually dead and relationally separated from God.
We believe that because of the ineffable love of God for the world, Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary, perfect Man and truly God, came to earth to fulfill the divine Law through perfect obedience. Having lived a sinless life in obedience to His Father, He gave His life on the Cross as the perfect, complete sacrifice for sin. On the third day, God raised Him from the dead, after He had provided a full redemption for His chosen people - those for whom He died. We believe that God will regenerate all for whom Christ died through the invincible power of the Holy Spirit. We believe that we sinners appropriate this work of God's salvation by His grace alone through our faith alone, not as a result of any of our works.
We believe that a true church may be known by its engaging in the pure preaching of the Gospel, the right administration of the sacraments, and the faithful exercising of church discipline. We believe that all Christians will seek to unite in fellowship with such a church.
We believe in the resurrection both of the believer and of the unbeliever - the believer unto the resurrection of everlasting life and the unbeliever unto the resurrection of everlasting damnation.
We believe and embrace the system of doctrine expressed in the early ecumenical creeds of the Church (the Apostles', the Nicene, the Chalcedonian and the Athanasian) and the confessions of faith issuing from the Protestant Reformation, including the Belgic Confession of Faith, the Heidelberg Catechism, The Philadelphia Confession, the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England, and the Wes™inster Confession of Faith. Where these documents are in conflict we submit to the Wes™inster Confession of Faith with the understanding that such conflicts should be articulated carefully as if they are secondary doctrines and taught with balance and integrity recognizing that these differences should not cause a breach in fellowship.
We believe our role as educators to be in loco parentis, (in the place of the parent). We believe that parents are responsible to educate their children in the Lord. We believe that educators must be the delegates of the parents, assisting them in the education of their children, but never usurping their God-given parental prerogative and responsibility.
We believe that biblical discipline, the encouragement of an obedient child and the correction of a disobedient child, is a critical and necessary part of education. Under no circumstances will the misbehavior of one child be permitted continually to hinder the education of other children.
We believe that fathers are the God-ordained heads of their households. Wherever possible, we desire that each father assume leadership in the education of his children.
We believe that conflict resolution should be accomplished as quickly and as simply as possible. Concerns and grievances should first be addressed directly to the party involved, in order that justice and charity be duly served.
We employ the time-proven method of the Trivium in the education of the student. This method includes three stages. The Grammar stage studies the fundamentals of disciplines in order to build a framework of knowledge on which later information can be hung. Questions of who, what, where and when are the focus. The Dialectic stage brings the grammar of disciplines into ordered relationships. The goal is to equip students with the thinking skills necessary to recognize sound arguments and ideas and to detect and correct fallacious ones. This stage addresses the questions of how and why. The Rhetoric stage seeks to produce students who can use language, both written and spoken, to express their thoughts eloquently and persuasively. The goal of the Trivium is to educate students not in what to think, primarily, but in how to think, thoroughly, maturely, and biblically.
Payment for Courses
- At the time of registration, a $95 deposit per course will be charged to the customer’s credit card. The remaining balance is then paid over nine months beginning April 1 and ending December 1. Credit cards will be charged in equal installments on the first of every month until the balance is paid in full. In the event that three attempts at charging your credit card are unsuccessful, your student(s) will be removed from all online courses until the monthly balance owed is paid in full, including a $25 service charge to reinstate your student(s). Attempts to charge your credit card will be made on as many as three successive days, beginning with the first of the month, until the charge is accepted.
- For registrations on or after April 1, balances after paying the deposit will be paid on the first day of the remaining months in the amount of 1/n times the outstanding balance with n being the number of months through and including December. For example, a $95 deposit is paid for a registration on May 15. The remaining balance will be spread out from June 1 through December 1—a total of seven equal payments. If a course is added or dropped during the period of the payment plan, the per-month payment will adjust accordingly to the formula 1/n times the outstanding balance.
- If the customer chooses to pay the full price of a course at the time of registration, a $15 discount will be applied for each pre-paid live course registration. Pre-paid amount is the full price of the course, including deposit.
- The last day to take advantage of the payment plan is July 31. Registrations after this date must pay in full at the time of registration. Registrations paid in full beyond July 31 will pay the full retail price and not receive the $15 discount for each live course.
- Summer Courses: There is no payment plan or pre-pay discount for summer courses. After the initial $95 deposit is paid for a summer course, the remaining balance is due no later than two weeks prior to the start of the respective summer session.
- Rewards Club: Rewards Club: Rewards Club members will be provided applicable discounts toward the last payment(s) due.
Hardware and Software Requirements
- System Tests:
- Run this test to determine if your system is compatible with the Adobe Connect classroom: https://vpsa.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
- Run this test to determine if your system is compatible with Self-Paced Courses: https://vpsa.veritaspress.com/compatibility_wizard/index
- Bandwidth: Internet connection must provide a consistent minimum download speed of 4 mbps and a consistent minimum upload speed of 1mbps. This is recommended as measured by common Internet speed tests, e.g. www.speedtest.net. Ping speeds are recommended to be no higher than 50ms and jitter no higher than 5ms. This is recommended as measured by common ping speed tests, e.g. www.pingtest.net. Higher download and upload speeds are desired, as are lower ping and jitter speeds.
- Connection: DSL/cable wired connections are recommended. Satellite connections or other lossy connections are NOT recommended. Wifi connections can be adequate, but “hardwired” connections (via Ethernet) are always more stable
- For best viewing, monitor should support 1024 X 768 or higher.
- The most updated version of Adobe® Flash® Player 13.0 or higher is required to view course content. This software can be downloaded for no cost at: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ The Google Chrome browser and the Windows 10 operating systems have Adobe Flash Player integrated, and will keep it automatically updated.
- Web Browser (the most updated version of the respective browser is always required):
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome
- Other browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Edge, and Safari can be functional, but are not recommended.
- System Requirements:
- 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
- Windows 10, 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit), 8.0 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
- 1GB RAM - Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10
- Mac OS
- 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12.
- Mobile Devices: Android/iOS
- Device must be supported by the Adobe Connect App. Free download from Google Play store/iTunes store.
- Student is responsible to ensure that all other tangential requirements are met. For example, internet access, microphone, keyboard to type when required, etc.
- While not a requirement, it is strongly recommended that a quality USB headset/microphone is used for all classes. Speakerphones, cell phones, wireless microphones and low quality headsets can cause voice fluctuations and noisy background audio.