Covenant’s curriculum begins with the end in mind. It is the goal of Covenant to graduate students who have been equipped with the grammar, logic and rhetoric of each subject. Covenant’s curriculum starts with what the child knows: life as a Texan. In keeping with the Seven Laws of Teaching, we must begin with what we know. Children will be taught to think with a biblical imagination about all subjects and cultures so that they will be successful in bringing the message of the Gospel to the world.
We believe that curriculum is a path. Deriving from the Latin definition of course or track, it is the path that our teachers plan for our students each year. This path must be an combination of goals and objectives, books, experiences, experiments and great conversations. Week by week we accomplish our goals and at the year’s end, we arrive at the finish line, ready to begin the race anew with the coming school year.
Covenant is proud to be a community of teachers who are seeking to become master teachers. We hold ourselves accountable for pursuing knowledge and growing in our skills so that our students receive far more than book knowledge; we want our students to be transformed by what we are learning together! The role of the teacher is to know the material, the methods and the Maker of all knowledge and to craft explanations and experiences that will draw their students further up and further into the pursuit of wisdom and virtue.
Knowledge is transmitted through language. We believe that the Trivium is a developmental process of young minds opening to the light of knowledge as more and more is made clear. Our grammar teachers lay the foundations of the language of each subject starting with imitation and rote memorization as a stepping stone to knowledge. Our logic teachers utilize the foundation of language as a springboard to enhance basic understanding by adding a dimension of logic to each subject; helping our students to connect the meanings and the reasoning behind them. The primary process for this is a Socratic (discussion-based) approach to teaching; one that challenges students to see opposing sides of concepts, issues and arguments. Our rhetoric teachers guide our students to pursue wisdom as they delve into conversations made possible by our logic and grammar teachers. Students are challenged to speak well and often and are given a literal and figurative seat at the table. The process of discussion, discovery and deduction is beautiful to behold and only made possible by the teamwork of our teachers. We are dependent upon one another to accomplish our curricular goals.
We are also dependent on the community of parents. We need your input as fellow image bearers to help us see ourselves more clearly. We value your perspective on what works and what does not. While our objectives are firmly set, we need your input to evaluate how effective we are at achieving them. We need your support in running this wonderful race because in the end, we want our students to have both explanations and experiences in their education. And we cannot do that alone.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…”
Hebrews 12:1 (ESV)