The goal of our grammar school curriculum is to prepare our students for the logic and rhetoric programs of our secondary school. Every skill and subject in the curriculum is selected to prepare our students for the best possible education, a Christian and classical education.
The goal of the logic school curriculum at Covenant Academy is to prepare our students to take every thought captive to Christ as Paul recounts in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Whether the subject is in the arts, humanities or sciences, it is to be subject to the supremacy of Christ in all things. It is not merely the defense of these subjects that guides our curriculum, it is the mastery of each area of study and the expectation that “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17). Covenant students will be able to articulate what is good, true and beautiful about each area of study, as we modeled by the Apostle Paul at Mars Hill. Not only did he demonstrate mastery of the material, he was able to communicate a vision that was culturally unique, redemptive and Christ-centered.
Rhetoric school focuses on great books, great conversations and great ideas. Great books are those that have shaped and continue to influence the way we think today. They have stood the test of time. They are great because of their impact on humanity; not necessarily because everything they have said is great. Certain works, such as Darwin’s Origin of the Species must be read in the context of study, though not necessarily in total. However, we also believe that certain subjects, such as science and math must be experienced and discussed if the subject is to be truly understood. We believe that learning cannot be separated from worldview or philosophy and therefore have endeavored to teach all subjects from a great books perspective so that our students’ minds are renewed and our students are transformed. We have intentionally included as many of the great books as possible to be read, at least in part, within the context of each subject. We desire that our students be challenged, inspired and transformed by the community and conversation of this course of study.
The goal of our educational philosophy is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue, the method is the Trivium, the medium is language in pursuit of beauty, goodness and truth. Defining these ideals is challenging, defending them is critical. Without a clear definition of beauty, truth and goodness, the foundation on which our culture was fashioned will waste away. We desire that our graduates be well-rounded disciples of Christ and recognize that the course of study that is offered will impact the attainment of that goal.