Covenant High School

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  • Covenant High School has a college preparatory Christian liberal arts curriculum. We aspire for Covenant High School graduates to love God and their neighbor by communicating, seeking truth through investigation and reasoning, stewarding God`s creation, appreciating Christian heritage, serving others, pursuing their calling, loving artistic beauty, and enjoying Christian community. Our humanities curriculum offers a biannual UK and France Historical tour that makes curricular connections to our English, Bible, and History courses. Our science and math offering include: AP Calculus, AP Stats, Interface Design and Technology I & II, Advanced Biology, Marine Biology, and Physics. Covenant offers over 40 college credits through concurrent college credit and AP offerings and has a dedicated College Advisor with SAT preparation. Students have elective options to delve deep into either Choir or Art, and the school offers a variety of clubs after school or during Thursday extended lunch periods, including a WIAA Forensics team. Students in their senior year research and present a Senior Rhetoric Thesis on contemporary issue of their choosing.

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  • To Glorify and Enjoy God By Principal David T. Miller - 12/14/2018 - The famous missionary and Olympic gold medalist, Eric Liddell, famously said, "God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure." Liddell had discovered one of life`s ...moretruths: when we pursue the giftings and talents that God gave us, we experience the joy of the Lord. Since Covenant`s founding, the motto of the school has been "To Glorify and Enjoy Him Forever." This motto permeates everything we do at Covenant High School. Just as Liddell felt God`s pleasure when he ran, we desire to feel God`s pleasure when we teach lessons, take field trips, hold a club meeting, or put on a school social.

    The members of our faculty view teaching as their calling, and when I observe them teach, I often think of our school motto, as I can see it coming to life. The faculty at Covenant are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their subjects, and they are equally excited about each student in their classroom. These men and women desire to shepherd the hearts of each student to grow in their faith through building strong relationships with each student. At the same time, they also love to challenge our students and foster deep thinking and reflection while developing our students' skills and abilities. This faculty culture creates a place where students flourish. With a strong faculty culture, we collaborate as a team by intentionally defining the characteristics and virtues we desire in our graduates. Here are some of the characteristics that our faculty desire to see in our graduates:

    To be confident and winsome communicators: At Covenant, we require our students to take four years of speech and rhetoric. We believe speaking to be a skill that must be practiced just as an athlete must practice their sport. Each year, the speeches become progressively more challenging and complex. Like an athlete has a final championship game or meet, students in their senior year are asked to propose a thesis on a controversial topic of their choosing and argue this thesis to the faculty and their classmates. As they argue this thesis, their faith must be central to their thinking and articulation. Speaking extends beyond the speech class: our faculty in all subjects require speeches in their classes and foster Socratic discussion among the students. Our student-led clubs and co-curriculars create other opportunities for students to inspire classmates through speaking.

    To seek truth through careful investigation: There is a plethora of messages and views expounded as truth in the world today. Our faculty aspire for our graduates to be prepared to sift through information and discover truth. We train our students to read carefully, think logically, and ask difficult questions. Our science curriculum emphasizes training in scientific method through project-based learning and hands-on processes. Students are asked to extract DNA, sketch drafts of potential designs, collect samples of various specimens, and perform careful recordkeeping and analysis. Our math curriculum teaches not only the proper steps of problem-solving, but it also teaches the reasons and logic behind the steps. In Interface Design and Technology, students learn the logic of coding, while having discussions regarding ethically consideration of coding. Throughout all classes, our faculty teach careful reading and logical thinking. You will frequently hear a faculty member ask, "Is this Christian?" and "What does the Bible say about this topic?" All of this equips graduates to identify arguments quickly and not be easily persuaded to the latest fad or in-vogue thinking.

    To appreciate their Christian heritage: At Covenant, we want students that think logically and identify arguments, but we equally desire graduates that feel passionate about their faith and enthusiastically make faith part of their daily habits and practices. We believe one way to achieve this is to identify the heroes of the faith. Our faculty enthusiastically tell stories that spotlight Christian heroes in history that demonstrated commitment and perseverance in their faith. This culminates in a UK and France Historical Tour that asks students to visit historic Christian sites, where students sing hymns on the very ground of where martyrs died for their faith. This outstanding trip fosters an imaginative faith in the students as they picture history, while standing in these historic Christian sites.

    To cultivate a love of artistic beauty: Given God is our creator, we believe creativity and a love of aesthetics are essential to a healthy Christian outlook. We also believe that appreciating beauty must be taught as a skill to the students. All students at Covenant are required to take an art appreciation and music appreciation course in their freshmen year, where they are exposed to a wide variety of styles. After freshmen year, students delve deeper into either choir or a visual art through elective choices that are prioritized in the schedule. We celebrate the work of our musicians and artists by putting on a festive semester choir and art show. Students are given a fine arts half day the previous week to put the finishing touches on art projects and do a complete rehearsal of their choir performance. By emphasizing fine arts in our scheduling, the students can see how much we value the fine arts in our school.

    To live and enjoy Christian community: Covenant is a tight-knit community where everyone belongs and matters. Our student council designs inclusive socials and encourages all students to participate, while our ambassador group regularly reaches out to students through "day makers" to make all students feel welcome. Students occasionally come to the school to be greeted by a table of donuts and juice at the entrance of the building. The intimate class size encourages the opportunity for students to build deep friendships through discussion and collaborative projects. Covenant has an extended Thursday lunch period built in to the schedule that alternates between student-led clubs and a house system. The student-led clubs give the students a variety of options such as political discussion club, chess, or rock painting. The house system divides students into ten different houses divided by boys and girls and named after Christian heroes with each house having a corresponding brother and sister house. These houses compete against each other to build fellowship and comradery across grade levels. In addition to these opportunities, students have a variety of after school and weekend clubs they can join. This includes a hiking club, photography club, WIAA speech and debate team, and a boys and girls discipleship group.

    Covenant High School is a unique place where students are challenged academically and spiritually by a nurturing faculty. We consider the virtues and characteristics we desire to see in our graduates as we seek to shepherd our students. Our desire is that our graduates are students that are intellectually equipped and that their heart`s desire is "to glorify and enjoy Him forever."
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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Religious AffiliationPresbyterian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded1992

Student Body

Total Students86 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Covenant High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers18 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size23 students
Number of AP Courses2 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Calculus, AP Statistics
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Casual pants, collared or button-down shirts, modest skirts and tops.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$8,950
Tuition NotesFinancial Aid is available
Admissions DirectorSamantha Schweizer-Prager

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Board Games Club, Book Club, Boys & Girls Discipleship Group, Chess Club, Debate and Speech, Hiking Club, Hymn Club, Jazz Band, KidREACH, Math Team, Outdoor Activity Club, Photography Club, Rock Painting Club, The Forum for Political Discussion Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama

School Notes

Founded in 1992, Covenant High School is a college preparatory day school with a liberal arts curriculum. As a high school only, the school has 561 alumni. Faculty collaborate to emphasize cross-curricular connection throughout the curriculum. Covenant aspires for graduates to be expert communicators, seek truth, steward God`s creation, pursue their calling, serve others, love artistic beauty, and embrace Christian community.
Faculty:
  • 80% of the Covenant High School faculty hold post-graduate degrees. Our highly qualified and experienced educators are committed to academic excellence and the spiritual nurture of students. 90% of the faculty has over 5 years of teaching experience.
Achievements:
  • 84% of students taking AP courses score 3 or higher. 33% of students taking an AP course score a 5.
  • In the last three years, 62% of our graduating seniors have been named Washington State Honor Awardees. This is the annual honor awarded to the top 10% of eligible college bound seniors in the state by the Washington State Superintendent of        Public Instruction.
  • Our underclassmen take the Terra Nova Standardized Achievement Test each spring; over the last three years they have ranked in the top 10% nationally.
  • Over the last three years, our students` PSAT scores place them as a group in the top 20% nationally.
  • Over the last three years, our students` SAT scores in the top 20% of college-bound seniors nationally. 
  • Over the last four years, five students have received National Merit Recognition.
UK and France Historical Tour:
  • Juniors and Seniors attend a biannual United Kingdom and France historical tour. Students explore England, Scotland and France on a 15-day historical tour.  Sites of literary, historical and cultural value are explored. Curricular connections are made to the tour throughout the student`s four years at Covenant.
Senior Rhetoric Thesis:
  • Students are required to take four years of speech. This culminates in a senior rhetoric class that teaches methods of classical composition and oratory. Students propose a thesis on a contemporary issue of their choosing and argue their thesis before classmates and faculty in a final speech.
Developing Leadership & Compassion Through Service
Training and opportunities to exercise leadership in the life of the school, including:
  • National Honor Society
  • Student Council
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Speech and Debate
  • Drama
  • Student-led clubs
  • House System
  • KidREACH
  • Peer tutoring
  • Choir accompanists
  • Music leaders
Concurrent Credit & AP Courses:
Covenant High School offers the following courses for concurrent college credit through Northwest Nazarene University:
  • Intro to Biology (3 credits)
  • Intro to Biology Lab (1 credit)
  • Intro to Public Speaking (3 credits)
  • Communication Activities (1 credit)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • College Algebra (3 credits)
  • Trigonometry (3 credits)
  • Elementary Spanish (8 credits)
  • Intermediate Spanish (8 credits)
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Calculus
Graduation Requirements (semester credits):
  • English 4.0 
  • Social Studies 4.0 
  • Mathematics (including Algebra II) 3.0
  • Science (Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry) 3.0 
  • Foreign Language 2.0
  • PE/Health 2.0
  • Fine Arts 2.0
  • Bible and Theology 1.92
  • Electives 1.0 
  • Occupational Education 1.0
  • Speech .75
  • Total: 24.67 credits

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  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
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An outstanding academia, rich in church culture and conservative Christian values. Dedicated and faithful faculty and staff. Gifted vocal musicians and art students!
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I am a parent of 3 graduates and 1 current student. CHS has academic excellence, a warm and encouraging atmosphere, and a fantastic faculty that are each teaching in their area of academic expertise and preparation. The curriculum is thoughtfully developed and solidly based on a Biblical view of the world. My children have been well prepared for college. Studying at Covenant is challenging, but it's also a lot of fun. The highlight of the 4 years is the Great Britian/Normandy Historical tour taken in the junior or senior year. This is truly an outstanding school.
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I am a parent of 3 graduates and 1 current student. CHS has academic excellence, a warm and encouraging atmosphere, and top-notch faculty that are each teaching in their area of academic expertise and preparation. The curriculum is very well-developed and solidly based on a Biblical view of the world. My children have been well prepared for college. Studying at Covenant is challenging, but it's also a lot of fun. The highlight of the 4 years is the Great Britian/Normandy Historical tour taken in the junior or senior year. This is truly an outstanding school.
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Covenant High School was the perfect fit for our 4 children. We home schooled through 8th grade and found that transitioning to a formal school setting was easier than we anticipated in many regards. The staff and faculty are genuinely interested in the students. The student body is small enough so that our kids did not feel lost in the crowd, and there are monthly social events encouraging friendships across class level. The academic standards are high, but we found that diligence paid off where ability was weaker. Our kids felt very well prepared for college, especially skilled in writing and communication. We highly recommend Covenant for its strong academics and warm Christian environment.
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Covenant High School is a wonderful place to be, for teachers as well as for students. The students show great interest in learning and care for one another. As a teacher, it is a great encouragement to see the Christian and academic growth of my students as they progress through their high school years.
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By far the best High school in Tacoma. Students get a first rate education and are nurtured in their faith. Our oldest child is heading off to college this fall and received numerous scholarships. She also received preparation that will make her successful in life.
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This is a school serious about educating the mind and heart of the student, not just for today or for the next test, but to prepare them for college and for a life after college. My daughter graduated from this school and felt very prepared for the demands of college. The training she received while attending CHS was directly related to her success in the university. In her job as research specialist in a large international organization she draws on the skills and work ethic standards established while a student there. They have an excellent music program, drama, and art. It was definitely the best investment we have made in her education!
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