the upper school:
Grades seven through twelve
The aim of the Covenant Upper School is to cultivate students who embody the Portrait of the Graduate and who, by loving and pursuing proper things, are prepared to engage the world through critical thinking, a Christian worldview, and wisdom.
The following distinctives characterize Upper School learning:
Our Biblical Studies and Theology curriculum addresses principles of interpretation, surveys biblical doctrine, and challenges students to apply what they have learned.
Students continue their work in the Trivium—the verbal arts—through reading increasingly complex texts (Grammar) in all disciplines and in designated Logic and Rhetoric courses. Wielding true words with skill and eloquence is the goal of the work in the verbal arts.
Latin classes instruct students through active and communicative methods that aim at making students intuitive readers of Latin texts. Latin courses culminate in reading and discussing selections from a broad range of Latin literature, such as Ovid’s Metamorphoses, St. Augustine’s Confessions, the Vulgate, and works from Cicero, Caesar, Horace, and Catullus.
Courses in the Humanities invite students into the Great Conversation about ideas with which people in all places and times wrestle. Teachers lead students through literature and history that reflect the big questions of humankind.
Mathematics and Science classes awaken wonder and impart skills to see and study the orderly world of creation as beautiful evidence of God’s design, not divorcing scientific knowledge from its place in a unified cosmos. Students are encouraged to see the subjects of their studies as an integrated whole before they analytically dissect them into parts.
Musical education trains the heart to engage reality joyfully and with wonder. This mode of education seeks to expand students’ moral imagination as they delight in the possiblities of God’s creation.
The senior year culminates in a thesis project, drawing together in practice all that students have learned about constructing a thoughtful and persuasive argument on a significant topic. In their 12th grade Rhetoric course, students spend time reading, researching, writing, discussing, re-writing, and presenting deliberative arguments. The first result is a well-researched, academically written and formatted 25-page thesis, which must be defended in front of a panel of faculty members.