Creativity at Covenant

Some of the best stories at The Covenant School are told through our visual and performing arts. Each work, whether hung from the walls, fired in the kiln, run up and down a keyboard, or presented on stage, highlights goodness, brightens our campus, and celebrates the world in which we live. In a variety of media, Covenant students discover and nurture their God-given artistic abilities and develop a deeper recognition of beauty all around us.

Walk the hallways of the Lower School and receive an art history lesson! From the earliest grades, the curriculum is integrated with art and music. Students in older grades choose from arts electives, such as Handbells and Choir as well as present a musical each May, a culmination of their Lower School arts experience.

The Upper School’s expansive offerings in the arts allow students to choose from courses like Acting, Stagecraft and Production, Studio Art, 3-D Art and Design, Covenant Singers, A Capella Ensemble, and Concert Band. Upper School Theater presents a full-scale musical production each winter in which students are given opportunities to act, sing and dance, build sets, create costumes, and work sound and lighting. Recent productions include South PacificFootloose, Seussical, Les Miserables (Concert Version), and Peter and the Starcatcher.

Meet the Arts Director

Mr. Jerry King has a BA in Studio Art from Kenyon College, where he arranged for and sang in an A Capella group, designed, acted, and painted for the theatre department, and helped launch the dance program. His Graduate work is in Art History, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Theology. Mr. King worked in full-time ministry, for 25 years, including campus ministry, multi-ethnic urban pastoring, and serving as Senior Pastor for an L-Abri-like congregation.
Mr. King has written and staged various scripts, songs, and scores in churches, schools, and communities, and has assisted in local stage design work for Live Arts and Four County Players. 

Before coming to Covenant, Mr. King taught at Mansfield Christian School and Olney Friend School, both in Ohio, and Blue Ridge School in Virginia. 

Jerry King, Arts Director

If our school is about the business of forming full, whole people, then doing some creative work in the arts is not so much an addition to an educational experience but a stream running somewhere right near the center of it.

Covenant Ensemble Library

Arts News

Meet the Arts Department

    • Chad Austin

      Lower School Visual Art

    • Julie Nemeyer

      Lower School Music

    • Dan Warren

      Hickory Campus Music

    • Tyra Robinson

      Hickory Theater

    • Cee-Jay Renner-Thomas

      Hickory Visual Arts

    • Andrew Irving

      Photography 1 & 2

The Covenant School

Birdwood Campus | Lower School | Pre-K–Grade 5 |
1000 Birdwood Road Charlottesville, VA 22903 | 434.220.7309

Hickory Campus | Middle and Upper School | Grades 6–12 | 175 Hickory Street Charlottesville, VA 22902 | 434.220.7329
Located in Charlottesville, VA, The Covenant School is a non-denominational, private, Christian day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, visual and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.