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Thinking Critically Communicating Persuasively

Upper School Curriculum Guide
 

High school is a time in which Covenant students apply all of the individual components of their classical education and become true independent thinkers.  By this stage of a student’s intellectual growth, they are able to take the foundational information they gained in the grammar years, apply the rules of logic they learned in the Logic years, and then examine ideas critically, expressing their own thoughts persuasively with insight and eloquence. High school students desire to make an impact on the world around them, so it is critical that they see their place in the bigger picture.

To ensure that our students are prepared for collegiate success, Covenant equips students with a solid understanding of the integration of all knowledge and truth, and encourages them to think critically and biblically, whether discussing arts and humanities subjects or demonstrating mastery of essential math skills obtained from studying algebra, geometry, physics and calculus.  During the Upper School years, Covenant uses the Thayer Method for mathematics and the Socratic Method for humanities to challenge students' thinking and to develop their communication skills. A student’s experience at Covenant culminates with their Rhetoric/Senior Thesis, in which a student researches and defends their position on a topic in front of a panel of judges.

Classical education is focused on helping students write well, think well and articulate their thoughts well. Thus, the main focus is not a standardized test but rather a true understanding of a subject.