Omnibus by Veritas Press

 There are so many high school curriculums out there to choose from. We have tried and used many of them, but our all time favorite is the Omnibus program by Veritas Press. 
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Omnibus Homeschool Curriculum

Omnibus is a 6 year challenging curriculum that covers grades 7-12. Advanced 7th grade students study Ancient History, Literature and Theology, earning one high school credit in each subject.

The 8th grade program moves on to Medieval History, Theology II, and Reformation Literature.

In 9th grade they study Modern USA and British History, Theology III, and British Literature. As the program progresses, in the advanced high school grades, these subjects are repeated in a more detailed and challenging manner. It is an excellent program for your college bound student.

I love the way the authors use fine works of art for the illustrations. It’s like getting a lesson in Art History at the same time. Here is a sample chapter off the Veritas Press website:

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Omnibus by Veritas Press

The pages are beautifully laid out. Each chapter in the text corresponds to a classic piece of Literature that the student reads daily. The text explains things about the author, historical time period and setting of the literary work. There are both primary reading books, and secondary books. We used the Primary books during the school year and assigned the Secondary books as summer reading.

Here is the Primary Reading list for Omnibus I:

Semester I:
Aeschylus 1
Odyssey of Homer
Codes of Hammurabi and Moses
The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories
Plutarch Vol. 1
Oresteian Trilogy
Gilgamesh

Semester II:
Aeneid
Julius Caesar
Early History of Rome
Last Days of Socrates
Twelve Caesars
The Theban Trilogy by Sophocles

I had never heard of many of these books at the time, but these books are common reading for many college courses. Our son once joked that he had read the entire Penquin Classic bookshelf at Barnes and Nobel. Not too far off, I love how educated he is.

What to Expect

Your Omnibus student will average 75-100 pages of reading per day in addition to their time spent reading the text and answering the questions at the end of each chapter. It amounts to 3-4 study hours per day, depending on the students skills. The program includes learning composition, logic, and aesthetics with additional papers, tests, and recommended field trips. It is a heavy work load, similar to a college course, but well worth it. Not sure if your student is ready?

Sign your child up for the Veritas Press Online Academy. Omnibus classes are held two times per week.  Our son did this program for 3 years. He loved it! We saw him learn and grow in ways we would have never imaged possible. He went from being a non-reader, to reading over 100 pages per day. He couldn’t type when he started, but became a lightening fast typist in a very short time. He met home schooled kids from all over the country and LOVED the teachers at Veritas. They were incredibly knowledgeable, professional and made learning fun.

The visual presentations made during classes were so helpful! He learned time management, how to read a Syllabus, and prepare his home work ahead of class time.  He also learned to write papers, study for comprehensive tests, and was involved in debates that were held during class time. I loved that I didn’t have to grade his work because Veritas does that for you.

Any student will be well prepared for higher education with this program. But, there is still more! At the end of the school year Veritas hosts a class trip to Lancaster, Pennslyvania. Families get to tour their facilities, to meet the teachers and the kids from their class. The year we participated, the group headed on to Washington, D.C. where we spent a week on field trips relating to what we had learned during the school year. We visited the Smithsonian and the National Gallery where we studied original works of historical art. We toured the International Spy Museum, the Washington Monument and the Capitol. Then we had lunch delivered to us on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial where we listened to the kids give speeches they had prepared on Lincoln’s life during class.

Meeting Other Students

It was incredible to see how talented these kids are. It also gave us a vision for what we expected our children to accomplish in high school. We enjoyed making friends and meeting the teachers and people behind the scenes at Veritas. They are very gifted in what they do. Our kids can’t wait to go back again.

Omnibus is a book you will covet for it’s beautiful photos and insightful knowledge. I highly recommend this program for any student, although you may have to scale things down for your student if they have learning disabilities. Our son with dyslexia was successful by listening to the books on audio tape and doing the questions from the book verbally. You could also just study the secondary books.

The online classes are fantastic, well worth the $575.00 price tag for the year. The Omnibus texts run $100.00 each, with the Primary or Secondary books running about $80.00 per semester. You can get the additional reading books from the library or buy them used, but they must be the same editions used with the text to get the full content of the program.

Our son only did 3 of the 6 years of Omnibus, but he learned an incredible amount during that time. Before he began public high school, he recommended to me that I make sure his younger brothers do at least one year of Omnibus before they graduate. The wisdom of children is amazing!

You can read more about the Omnibus curriculum and online classes at the

Veritas Press  website HERE.

 

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20 thoughts on “Omnibus by Veritas Press

  1. I haven't looked much into middle/high school materials, but this looks like a great one! Thank you for sharing so much about it with us! I'm going to go to their site and look at more. How neat that you got to take a field trip at the end!

  2. I love Omnibus 1, but a great deal of its material is not suitable for 12 year olds. We use it for older kids and they go through it at double speed, but even so, we omit a few books, like The Twelve Caesars which is really not suitable for anyone except scholars and those who need to immerse themselves in the filth of the caesars.

    So yes, you can go wrong with their program because it

  3. I love Omnibus 1, but a great deal of its material is not suitable for 12 year olds. We use it for older kids and they go through it at double speed, but even so, we omit a few books, like The Twelve Caesars which is really not suitable for anyone except scholars and those who need to immerse themselves in the filth of the caesars.

    So yes, you can go wrong with their program because it

  4. I love Omnibus 1, but a great deal of its material is not suitable for 12 year olds. We use it for older kids and they go through it at double speed, but even so, we omit a few books, like The Twelve Caesars which is really not suitable for anyone except scholars and those who need to immerse themselves in the filth of the caesars.

    So yes, you can go wrong with their program because it

  5. I love Omnibus 1, but a great deal of its material is not suitable for 12 year olds. We use it for older kids and they go through it at double speed, but even so, we omit a few books, like The Twelve Caesars which is really not suitable for anyone except scholars and those who need to immerse themselves in the filth of the caesars.

    So yes, you can go wrong with their program because it

  6. I love Omnibus 1, but a great deal of its material is not suitable for 12 year olds. We use it for older kids and they go through it at double speed, but even so, we omit a few books, like The Twelve Caesars which is really not suitable for anyone except scholars and those who need to immerse themselves in the filth of the caesars.

    So yes, you can go wrong with their program because it

  7. It is always advisable for parents to review all materials before presenting them to your children. However, I believe that the reason the Twelve Caesars was included in this curriculum was not just historical, but to help kids understand what a fallen world we live in and how desperately we need God's grace and forgiveness. Human character has not changed over the course of time. Scripture

  8. We are finishing up Omnibus I with my 7th and 9th grade daughters. I have loved much about this curriculum but have felt overwhelmed with the scheduling. How did you organize your day to avoid feeling like school was "all the time"?

  9. We had a rather structured schedule. Our son would do the chapter in the text and answer the questions in the evenings before going to bed because he had the online class in the mornings. Occasionally he would do them early in the morning before class, but not usually. I am a believer in lots of outside activity, so between subjects he would play outside for 15-20 minutes. Reading was done during

    1. Thank you, Jessica, for your input and observations. I had not thought about books on CD and breaking up the work throughout the day. I have loved the Omnibus spine, and we have learned much. However, we have been attempting to tackle it all in the afternoon when babies were down for naps, and it has begun to feel all consuming. We started homeschooling 5 years ago when my oldest entered high

  10. My 16 and 14 year olds just finished their first year of Omnibus I with Veritas Scholars Academy and I highly recommend it. We've already enrolled them for the Fall semester. Very skilled instructors and great classroom discussion. It is expensive, but very worth it. As for the Twelve Caesars, I had a heads-up on that one because my sister's son had already taken Omnibus I. Our girls

    1. With the online class you have a choice of selecting primary or secondary books to study. You may prefer one set of books over the other. We did the primary books with our first child, but our second child preferred the secondary ones. They are all appropriate for the historical time period of study. If you have one particular book you object do that the class is studying, I am sure the Omnibus

  11. Jessica, thank you so much for posting this information. It is nice to just be able to "talk" with someone who has already used this. I am interested in getting more information about combining the Primary and Secondary books for three credits of English, History & Bible. Besides answering the questions at the end of each section in Omnibus, did your students have to do any essays

    1. Our son wrote anywhere from 2-4 research papers per year during his Omnibus class. He started in Omnibus I and ended with Omnibus III, the lower level class had fewer papers required than the upper level class did. I do think they have changed things a bit since then, and I am not sure how many they currently require. At any rate, our son learned a lot about writing since he had never written a

  12. If you have a child who is new to classical homeschooling but is entering the 9th grade, where would you suggest starting? Do we start with the 9th grade recommended material or cover Omnibus 1 and 2 first? We would like to cover as much as possible while still preparing for college. We are planning on homeschooling through the high school years.

    1. You can start with any of the Omnibus levels. When our son took Omnibus I, he was in 7th grade but there were also high school kids doing the same material. I would perhaps begin with the 1st level because it creates a strong foundation for classical education. In the higher levels the study is more advanced and assumes you already have a basic understanding of history, etc. He will still have

  13. Thank you Jessica! We have chosen Omnibus 1 and I think we will complete the secondary texts and selected Primary texts to reduce the amount of daily reading. She is loving this history although the workload is heavy. Thanks again for your information!

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