All Upper School courses are comparable to an honors level course. For specific information about the courses offered in each grade and the curriculum used in each course, click on the grade you wish to review. Covenant Classical Academy considers ALL texts as tools to engage students in dialogue and critical thinking. Our educational pedagogy creates an emphasis on a Socratic and Dialectic approach to education that requires students to consistently go beyond texts and to enter into significant discovery through their own mastery.
7TH- 9TH GRADE
At this age, the child begins to study all areas of knowledge as formal subjects. Because the emphasis has been placed in the earlier years on the skills (or arts) of learning, the students can now confidently begin to work through the particular knowledge in various fields of academics. The skill of analysis, or the ability to break down information, is cultivated - the beginning of the sciences of learning. The development of formal inquiry and observation continue to be developed at a higher level. The focus is now not only correct thinking, but also developing arguments and speaking/expressing in an appropriate and formal way. Formal logic (see Why Logic) is an essential required course at this stage, and these skills are embodied through writing, presenting and debate - both formal and informal. Though logical thinking and instruction has been part of the students’ learning in K-6th grades, they now have the opportunity to see how the construction of formal arguments and formal reason augment the discipline of learning.
The culmination of classical learning is the synthesis of all learning and the understanding of purpose. These years focus on cultivating within the student an understanding of the philosophy and theology of subjects. The student is urged into advanced studies emphasizing complex reasoning and stylistic expression. While seeking to instill in each student a desire for contemplation and an appreciation for learning, it is important for the student to gain an understanding relationship between the philosophical and practical aspects of life and learning.
Formal Rhetoric is the anchor at this level. In Rhetoric, students are required to develop, deliver and defend one or two thesis papers before peers, faculty, the board and parents each year.