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Classical Education for All Grades

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What Is Classical?

Curriculum

Classical Education begins with an educational model known as the Trivium: Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric that correspond to Elementary, Middle, and High School years in a student's life. Each stage is designed to cultivate specific skills in students, from foundational knowledge in the early years to critical thinking and persuasive communication in the later years. Our curriculum integrates theology, humanities, arts, sciences, and history to provide a well-rounded education that prepares students for success in the world.

Character

As we instruct students in our school’s curriculum, we are also seeking to train them in the formation of Godly character. We are shaping minds and hearts through service and leadership opportunities.

Community

Covenant firmly believes that it takes a village to mold and shape young hearts and minds. We are a community of students, teachers, and parents. Student interaction between grades Pre-K through 12 is integral to the Covenant experience. It falls on the teachers to guide and encourage this interaction so that it fuels growth. This is not a task to be done alone; parental input, perspective, and involvement are key to growing our students and our school.

Our Curriculum

Pre-Kindergarten

Preschool children are naturally filled with awe and wonder. Our pre-kindergarten curriculum invites children to discover and experience wonder on a daily basis, delivering the necessary foundation for lifelong learning. Each month has a different theme focusing on a different character trait as they explore several areas of study.

Bible

Our little ones learn about the gracious love of God through stories, songs, and play. By pairing The Singing Bible with The Jesus Story Bible and other resources, we lay the foundation for a lifetime of devotion to God.

Language

 The most important gift we can give our children is words.  Children naturally take delight in stories, and exposure to classic children’s literature prepares them for a lifelong love of reading.

Math

By exploring mathematics through manipulatives and hands-on activities, children can develop a strong sense of numbers, a crucial skill in thinking mathematically about the world.

Science

When God created mankind, He placed them in a garden and invited them to explore and create. Our little ones will do just that as they sow, plant, and reap in our “kinder-gardens!”

Art and Music

Our little ones will experience the art of Beatrix Potter, Mary Cassat, and other classical painters and illustrators as their love for truth, goodness, and beauty begins in a fun and engaging way.

Play

True learning occurs in children as they play. Play allows their imagination to connect with discovery as they delight in movement and strengthen growing motor skills through free and structured play activities.

Grammar

| K - 6

Our grammar school curriculum aims to prepare our students for our secondary school’s logic and rhetoric programs. Every skill and subject in the curriculum is selected to grow our students so they are fully prepared as they transition to the next stage.

Bible

Beginning with an overview, the students will then study each section of Scripture, reading and discovering the Word of God under the guidance of their teacher. Stories, songs, and scripture memory are used to help give our students a solid foundation in their knowledge of the Bible.

English

Students are taught the grammar of their own language and its fundamental rules and principles using Shurley English. During the Grammar Stage, their ability to understand sentence structure is grown by being taught how to classify and diagram sentences; after which they then utilize these skills to grow as young writers.

Reading

 A strong emphasis on phonics is presented in all grades using the Spalding Method in every grade. Beginning in second grade, students are introduced to mythology, poetry, and fables from around the world, as well as age-appropriate classic children’s literature.

History

 Instruction in this realm moves from narrow to broad; first, students learn about their own families, communities, and the state of  Texas. Once the world in front of them is learned, students begin to broaden their horizons by studying the Story of the World, with an emphasis on understanding God’s redemptive purposes for every culture.

Geography

Map skills are integrated into history lessons as students learn about the countries, rivers, and important geographic features of the world.

Science

The scientific domains of chemistry, physics, earth science, and biology are presented to children within the context of their historical studies. Students complete grammar school with a solid foundation of science in the context of a Christian worldview.

Math

 Singapore Math and Big Ideas Math are utilized as resources for teaching the grammar of mathematics and problem-solving. These vocabulary-rich lessons are filled with stories, chants, songs, and all sorts of engaging hands-on materials

Latin

Latin instruction begins in third grade and continues through tenth grade, primarily using resources from Classical Academic Press. The grammar stage focuses particularly on Latin grammar, including the parts of speech, conjugations, and declensions. 

Fine Arts

Students are trained in skills and techniques appropriate to their abilities as they seek to imitate classic art, while art history and appreciation are presented within the context of historical studies. During the grammar stage, a love of music is cultivated through the learning of music notation, performance, and the teaching of monthly hymns and composers.

Physical Education

Students are taught to move with the skill and coordination that will prepare them for a lifetime of fitness and better train godly character.

Logic

| 7-9

Logic is about asking, “What do we think about?” and “How do we think correctly?”

What We Think About

As students enter the Logic Stage, they begin to shift away from chants and memorization to discussion and argumentation. Students are taught to think about all things pertaining to truth, goodness, and beauty. With the introduction of Logic as a discipline, the overarching goal of the Logic Curriculum at Covenant Academy is to prepare our students to take every thought captive to Christ, as Paul recounts in 2 Corinthians 10.

Thinking Correctly

During the Logic School years, Covenant students will be taught to articulate what is good, true, and beautiful about each study area. They will employ logic as a tool in every class, whether through the exposure of fallacies or the presentation of arguments. All classes aim to instill a love for order, respectful argumentation, and discussion.

Course of Study

*Denotes High School coursework that will be reflected on the high school transcript. Students are still completing their Logic course of study while being introduced to the high school Great Books program. 9th grade at Covenant is a transition grade from Logic to Rhetoric. Students receive high school credit as they continue to develop requisite logic and rhetoric skills.

Rhetoric

| 10-12

Rhetoric school focuses on great books, great conversations, and great ideas.

Great Books

In Rhetoric, we explore the type of literature that has shaped and continues to influence how we think today. Great books have stood the test of time because of their impact on humanity–not necessarily because their content is great.

Great Conversations

In the Rhetoric school, we endeavor to teach all subjects from a perspective that can renew and transform a student’s mind. Learning cannot be separated from worldview, and oftentimes, there is no better conversation starter than comparing and contrasting different ways of thinking. We believe that discussions in the Rhetoric classroom can be inspiring, informative, and a source of growth for our students.

Great Ideas

The Rhetoric Stage revolves around the kinds of great ideas that better help us understand God, humanity, and our world. By learning to better understand these ideas, our students can grow into more well-rounded disciples of Christ who can impact the world long after they’ve left Covenant Academy.

5 Books on Classical Education

1.| The Good Soil Report by The Life Outcome Survey of ACCS Alumni, A study by the ACCS and the University of Notre Dame

2.| The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers Oxford, 1947

3.| Video: Ancient Future Education (17 min): by Davies Owens (QIdeas.org)

4.| Video: "Reason, Virtue, and Education, You Betcha" (4 min) by Chuck Colson (ColsonCenter.org)

5.| Article: What is CCE? and The Classical Difference by the Assoc. of Classical Christian Schools

6 Books for Shepherding
Hearts while Training Minds

  • 1. |Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp
  • 2. |Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt
  • 3. |Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by Paul David Tripp
  • 4. |The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict by Ken Sande
  • 5. |The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel
  • 6. |Are My Kids On track? by Sissy Goff and David Thomas

6 Books Related to Classical
Christian Education (CCE)

  • 1. |The Liberal Arts Tradition by Scott and Jain
  • 2. |The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer
  • 3. |The Liberal Arts Tradition by Dr. Kevin Clark and Ravi Scott Jain
  • 4. |Charlotte Mason, A Liberal Education for All by Jason M. Barney.
  • 5. |The Black Intellectual Tradition by Parham and Prather
  • 6. |State of the Arts: From Bezalel to Mapplethorpe by Gene Edward Veith

Electives and Fine Arts

Electives provide an opportunity to cultivate one’s gifts and talents. They also allow us to cultivate balance in our studies, an important component of our school vision. The word “elective” should not be confused with “unimportant.” Elective credits are required each year in high school and may be earned in several ways.

Students may choose from the elective courses of study offered at Covenant, approved courses of study at a local art or music school (at the student’s expense), or a dual credit option offered through LeTourneau University. Students who take Covenant’s elective courses year after year will be provided opportunities to build on prior skills rather than repeat the same content.

We have a desire for our students to pursue wisdom and virtue through the study of languages, athletics, the fine arts, and student leadership.

Electives and Fine Arts coursework have minimum requirements over the course of the high school years. Students can choose the elective that they feel best suited for as a servant leader or can grow most into becoming a well-rounded disciple of Christ.

Grade 9

Drama (offered as a summer elective)

Rhetoric Art or Advanced Drawing

Concert Choir or Drum & Bugle Corp

Mock Trial

Yearbook

Athletics or Off-Campus Physical Training

Grade 10

Drama (offered as a summer elective)

Rhetoric Art or Advanced Drawing

Concert Choir or Drum & Bugle Corp

Mock Trial

Yearbook

Athletics or Off-Campus Physical Training

Grade 11

Biblical Greek I & II

Drama (offered as a summer elective)

Rhetoric Art or Advanced Drawing

Concert Choir or Drum & Bugle Corp

Mock Trial

Yearbook

Athletics or Off-Campus Physical Training

Grand Tour

Approved Dual Credit Courses (offered through LeTourneau Univ. or Grand CAnyon Univ.)

Approved Independent Study Project

Leadership

Grade 12

New Testament Greek

Drama (offered as a summer elective)

Rhetoric Art or Advanced Drawing

Concert Choir or Drum & Bugle Corp

Mock Trial

Yearbook

Athletics or Off-Campus Physical Training

Grand Tour

Approved Dual Credit Courses (offered through LeTourneau Univ. or Grand Canyon Univ.)

Approved Independent Study Project

Leadership

Graduation Requirements

We require students to have 28
credit hours upon graduation as follows:

  • History (4)
  • Language Arts (4)
  • Science (4)
  • Mathematics (4)
  • Theology (4)
  • Foreign Languages (3)
  • Reasoning & Persuasion (2)
  • Fine Arts (1)
  • Physical Training / Athletics (1)
  • Elective (1)

College Advising

Embrace Your Journey with Heart and Purpose

At Covenant, we provide collaborative college advising from 9th to 12th grade. Our program focuses on personal growth, spiritual development, and academic achievement. We partner with parents to support and guide each student and use tools like SCOIR to aid in college planning. Our goal is to empower students to discover their unique gifts and interests, prepare for standardized tests, and navigate the college application process with confidence.

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Beginning in 9th Grade

College and career advising starts in the freshman year. Throughout their high school years, students and Covenant’s advisors utilize SCOIR, a comprehensive platform that offers:

  • Access to a free aptitude test.
  • Assistance with the college and career search and selection process.
  • Support for sending electronic application documents.
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Advisory Support

Our advisors are committed to:

  • Supporting students in discovering and nurturing their gifts, talents, and interests, all while seeking God’s guidance for their future.
  • Providing resources and guidance for preparing for standardized tests, including the CLT10, PSAT, CLT, SAT, and ACT.
  • Helping students navigate through their college search process.
  • Assisting juniors and seniors with college admission and scholarship applications.
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Organized Initiatives by the College Advisor

  • Fall: Arranging lunchtime visits with college recruiters from various institutions across the country.
  • Spring: Organizing lunchtime sessions with professionals from diverse career fields.
  • Administering key examinations like the PSAT in the fall and the CLT10 in the spring.

Equipping for the Future

| Advising by Grade Level

At Covenant, aim is to ensure that each student receives the guidance and support needed to explore and realize their post-high school aspirations, equipping them for a successful transition into their chosen paths. Discover each grade level’s advising plan, expectations, and objectives.

Freshmen | Grade 9

  • Interests: Identify your giftings and interests, make a list, and consider a free self-inventory.
  • Participation: Explore extracurriculars, sports, artistic skills, community service, and campus activities.
  • Career Exploration: Discuss career options with teachers, graduates, and professionals.
  • College Exploration: Attend Lunch & Learns and college fairs (virtual or local).
  • Tasks: Obtain a social security number, set up a professional email, create Scoir, College Board, and CLT accounts, take PSAT and CLT10, and keep a record of achievements for your college resume.
  • Summer Planning: Visit colleges, consider job shadowing, reading, Khan Academy for PSAT results, and developing skills.

Sophomores | Grade 10

  • Interests: Continue refining the list of talents and passions.
  • Participation: Focus on quality in extracurriculars and seek leadership opportunities.
  • Career Exploration: Volunteer, job shadow, interview professionals, research careers.
  • College Exploration: Attend Lunch & Learns and college fairs, complete mymajors.com assessment, and research colleges online for potential majors.
  • Tasks: Complete the YouScience aptitude test on Scoir, make a list of questions for college representatives, take practice tests on Khan Academy and CLTexam.com, research scholarships, consider military academy questionnaire (ASVAB), check NCAA eligibility for college sports, continue recording achievements.
  • Summer Planning: Discuss college visits with parents, consider enriching activities like volunteering, camps, internships, or part-time jobs, and continue reading and skill development.

Juniors | Grade 11

  • Interests: Refine research on college majors and your post-high school plans, including military, workforce, mission field, and gap years.
  • Participation: Continue extracurriculars with a focus on servant-leadership skills.
  • Career Exploration: Work or volunteer in areas of passion or potential career fields and attend local career fairs.
  • College Exploration: Attend Lunch & Learns and college fairs, narrow down college lists, and plan visits during school breaks.
  • Tasks: Continue using Scoir, review skills on Khan Academy, apply for junior scholarships, take PSAT, schedule advising conference, register and prepare for AP tests, ACT/CLT/SAT, request recommendation letters, and plan for additional standardized tests.
  • Summer Planning: Enhance social media presence, engage in camps, internships, or jobs, organize achievements into resume format, start application essays, apply for senior scholarships, and begin college applications.

Seniors | Grade 12

  • College Application Process: Order admissions, scholarships, and housing deadlines and arrange necessary interviews/auditions.
  • Tasks: Early advising conference, visit top college choices, final ACT/CLT/SATs if needed, work on essays and resume, apply to colleges, submit FAFSA and other financial aid forms, follow up on recommendations and admissions processes, midyear transcript submission, update Scoir with application statuses.
  • Final Preparations: Plan for thesis, graduation, and post-graduation steps, and request a final transcript for college.

College Credit Through Dual Credit Partnerships and AP Testing

Covenant Academy desires qualified students to have the option and opportunity to earn both high school and college credit through dual credit courses with one of our partnering universities and AP exam options.

Our partnership with Houston Christian University allows students the option to earn college credit for multiple core curriculum classes taught on our campus by Covenant Academy faculty who adjunct with HCU.

Although we are committed to a classical Christian education, we recognize many College Board AP exams are a natural extension of the content of our classes. Students who take on the additional preparation necessary for such exams may opt-in each fall and benefit from teachers providing extra practice during the year.

More information about these opportunities can be found at:

Covenant Alumni University Acceptances

Barton Tutoring

At Covenant, we offer Barton Tutoring through the Barton System–a tutoring program designed for children, teenagers, and adults struggling with dyslexia or learning disabilities in reading, spelling, and writing.

For more information on this, discover our Special Programs page.

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