Intellectual Development

Covenant’s faculty and programs are chosen through the lens of developing within our students three core intellectual strengths.
I. The ability to live and think with truth, wisdom, and independence
This ability is fostered through instruction and encouragement aimed at cultivating:
  • A biblical, scholarly, and moral framework as a foundation for intellectual development and decision-making
  • The intellectual skills taught through the liberal arts and sciences such that students are able to apply them across the disciplines
  • A view of learning and life as integrated in and through Christ
  • A grasp of the great ideas of mankind, with an acknowledged emphasis on the heritage of Western Civilization
  • Aesthetic skills and sensibilities in scholarly and artistic endeavors, reflecting the good world God created
  • The perspective to view every subject in terms of its historical and cultural narrative
II. The skill to listen carefully, reason wisely, think precisely, and articulate persuasively
This ability is shaped as students are taught to:
  • Listen with empathy and to understand and respect the perspective of others
  • Lead and participate in gracious and meaningful conversations
  • Use a framework to order, prioritize, and express thoughts well
  • Think logically and creatively
  • Express themselves clearly, creatively, and persuasively in written and oral form
III. A dedication to, and a love for, learning and scholarship
The infectious examples of the teachers and their instruction draws students toward gaining:
  • A foundation of learning that will allow them to succeed and excel in their chosen fields of endeavor and to influence their peers for good
  • An understanding of all studies as a gift from God
  • A balanced sense of the value of hard work, learning, and leisure
  • The tools of learning and the ability to learn independently

The Covenant School

Birdwood Campus | Lower School | Pre-K–Grade 6 |
1000 Birdwood Road Charlottesville, VA 22903 | 434.220.7309

Hickory Campus | Middle and Upper School | Grades 7–12 | 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.