As a Christian school, Covenant is committed to engaging minds, cultivating virtue, and implementing a rigorous curriculum that allows its students to impact the world around them for Christ. We develop young minds through a rigorous academic curriculum firmly rooted in a biblical worldview, preparing our graduates to think critically at the highest academic levels. We equip our students with the ability to effectively engage the great issues of our day in a manner that is informed, articulate and biblical (1 Peter 3:15).
Our challenging academics and sound theology teach our students to love and glorify God with all their hearts, minds, souls, and bodies (Matthew 22:35-38, 1 Corinthians 10:31). Desiderius Erasmus aptly stated, “All studies, philosophy, rhetoric are followed for this one object, that we may know Christ and honor Him. This is the end of all learning and eloquence.”
Covenant is deliberate in its spiritual development of students and their acquisition of Christian values, using a variety of means to encourage and grow a godly character in its students. More formal means include structured Bible curriculum for every grade level, memorization of Scripture, weekly chapel, daily prayer, mentoring groups, Upper School Bible studies, the House System, the Buddy System, service projects to instill a servant heart in students, and discipline from a Christian perspective. Covenant also has a Traditions Ceremony in which it reinforces spiritual milestones in students’ lives by presenting them with different age-appropriate keepsakes, such as a Bible in Kindergarten or a walking staff for our seniors.
Covenant is intentional in teaching Bible in a systematic and organized way so that students gain a better understanding of Christianity. In the Grammar stage (elementary years), students focus on reading the Bible and memorizing Scripture, which provides an understanding of the doctrines of God, creation, man, sin, Jesus, salvation, worship, and so forth. In the Logic stage (middle school years), students continue to memorize Scripture but also focus on life application of principles and beginning to better understand the world around them through a Christian lens. In the Rhetoric stage (high school years), students take Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, which provides an overview of the doctrines of the Bible, Philosophy/Ethics, in which students discuss the Bible’s position on current topics, and Spiritual Formation. These classes provide a doctrinal foundation for our students, while also preparing them to better engage the world around them.
Covenant ensures that all subjects are taught from a Christian worldview. A Christian worldview is essential to make certain that we are not simply replicating a progressive model of education, while merely adding a Bible course and a weekly chapel service. Rather, at Covenant, our Christian worldview integrates into every course and subject we teach with the Bible serving as our foundation and standard for truth. Subjects are also integrated with one another so that information is not fragmented for students (for more information on the importance of the integration of subjects, please click here). For example, in a mathematics class, an instructor may discuss the beauty of math as God’s creation, stressing that since our God is a God of order, mathematics is also orderly. An English class focused on Frankenstein may discuss the moral implications of who is responsible for death (i.e., Frankenstein who killed the character or the doctor who created Frankenstein and then left him to his own devices); this discussion is then applied to real life – are humans responsible for their actions or can there be mitigating factors. History starts from Creation as the unfolding of God’s plan through the ages, so that students understand that God’s will cannot be thwarted. History also includes a Christian context so that students see the bigger picture and the Christian motivations of some of the great men and women of history.
Covenant’s Christian worldview is also evidenced in co-curriculars. In athletics, Covenant stresses that students work hard and play hard for the glory of God versus winning just for the sake of winning, and that the lessons in losing can teach one as much as winning. Coaches lead devotionals with students to help them keep God first.
Covenant desires to nurture a servant heart in its students; thus, it provides several age-appropriate opportunities for mission and service, both local and international. Prior projects have included Gifts for Guatemala, Samaritan’s Purse/ Operation Christmas Child, Houston Food Bank, mission trips, A Million Thanks (letters to veterans), the Village Learning Center, In Kids, and helping the local community during times of flooding. High school students are required to have a minimum of 80 hours of service before graduating, encouraging students to serve the world around them in areas in which they are passionate.