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  • What is Your Legacy?

    What is a legacy? Is it planting seeds in a garden you will never get to see? Is it making a name that will go on for generations?   Read More...

  • Summer Reading Lists and House Contest

    Dear Covenant Families,We are pleased to announce a summer reading house contest!  Get a jump start on earning your house points for the 2017-18 school year by participating.  This contest runs between Saturday, July 1 and Friday, August 25, 2017.   Read More...

  • Parent Testimony: The Way God Created Us to Learn

    As our thirst for knowledge and our capacity to learn increases as we develop, so does our curriculum and the richness and complexity of information that we can process and retain.As an infant/young child, our brains are able to process simple information, such as square, circle, red, blue. As we grow, fine motor skills come in and we learn to hold a pencil and write and jump. Then we can begin to memorize huge chunks of information and easily recite it at will.   Read More...

  • Why This Student's Siblings Wish They Graduated from Covenant

    "I have four siblings...one graduated from Covenant. The three that did not...have all said that they envied the education that my brother, Daniel, and I have received." My name is Chessa and I am a junior who has attended Covenant Academy since Kindergarten. It truly has taken a major role in shaping my life and who I am today.   Read More...

  • Imitators of Christ

    “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” Philippians 2:1-2 (NIV)I’m sure some of you have heard Mrs. Collins say, “You will become what you love.” It seems a little weird though, right? Is she saying that if I love candy that I’ll turn into candy?   Read More...

  • Testimony Tuesday: What is Moses doing on the historical banner?

    Most of my life I have viewed private school as a hoity-toity asylum for snobbish children. Until a few years ago I never thought I’d find reason to subject my child to such a pretentious institution.  To keep this under 500 words, our experience at public school was disappointing (that’s not just being brief, but also very kind).   Read More...

  • Testimony Tuesday: We weren't in the market for private schools.

    When we found Covenant we weren’t in the market for private schools. We had toured a few schools over the past year, but we were not convinced that the education offered by any of the schools that we visited was worth extra investment. The public elementary school in our neighborhood had pretty good ratings after all, and the other schools we visited didn’t seem to offer much more than slightly better academics with the addition of a religious education component.Because Christ is th...  Read More...

  • Testimony Tuesday: I am SO joining!

    “Thank you for enrolling me at Covenant.” I hear this gratitude from my teenage son weekly this year, his first year at Covenant Academy.Ryan visited on a shadow day last winter and half-way through the day enthusiastically announced, “I'm so joining. I AM SO JOINING!”Joining is not the verb you would expect, but that's precisely what you do at CA. You link.   Read More...

  • Testimony Tuesday: Unexpected Grace and Love

    Covenant has been a real blessing in our lives, and especially the openness and community inclusion that we felt from the very beginning. We were in a classical university model program before coming to Covenant, and though the academic and curricular transition was what we expected, we did not expect to find the grace and love that permeates the halls and courtyard every day. The steady breeze blowing through the trees in the courtyard is a constant companion to an ever-present awareness that G...  Read More...

  • Body and Soul

    "We become just by the practice of just actions, self-controlled by exercising self-control, and courageous by performing acts of courage." - AristotleOver the summer I watched some of our students run laps, lift weights and do push-ups and thought the same thing that I’ve thought a thousand times, “I wish I had this kind of education when I was a kid.” Coach Garza was gracious enough to invite me to join their workout, so a few weeks ago I donned a PE shirt and shorts and joined the upper schoo...  Read More...

  • Choose the Best Candidate

    The presidential race isn’t the only important decision in which parents have a vote. Most children spend more waking hours in the school parents choose than any other location besides their home. Children spend on average up to seven hours in a school day, 35 hours a week and over 1,000 hours per school year.   Read More...

  • Testimony Tuesday: Equipping Leaders

    "The educational system that is in place here is ideal and it fits my son perfectly." Who is Covenant Academy? from Covenant Academy on Vimeo.   Read More...

  • Forty-five Minutes

    Forty-five minutes. That is the amount of time our grammar school students for recess each school day. Forty-five minutes of unscheduled recreation.   Read More...

  • Parent Testimony: Education the Way it Used to Be

    It was important for us to find the right fit for our two children. Their care and safety is our number one priority. We wanted a school that planned out all 13 years of our children’s spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth.   Read More...

  • He Prepares a Table

    One of my favorite first day of school traditions at Covenant is our Kindergarten Tea. Just after they have said good-bye to their little ones, Covenant parents of older students host a tea, inviting them to a new school year and a new community. It’s an emotional time and it’s a privilege to share that moment together.   Read More...

  • Parent Testimony: 3 Components of Student Leadership Development

    When we moved to the Houston area several years ago, our highest priority was finding the right school for our family. Academic excellence is certainly important to us, but we know there is more to education than the proverbial “Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic.” Our desire was to find a school that would encourage leadership and growth both in and outside of the classroom. I am happy to say we made the right choice in Covenant Academy.   Read More...

  • 10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed at Covenant Academy

    "So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)1. See yourself as their first teacher.We are commanded to train our children to think with a Christian worldview all day long (Deut. 6:4-5).   Read More...

  • Hot Topic: Dear Elders, I'm sorry.

    Have you seen the latest Alexis Bloomer's "Dear Elders, I'm sorry." video? I recently asked our students to describe their generation to me. They had a lot to say about their generation: prideful, greedy, materialistic, disrespectful, self-centered, entitled, irresponsible, over-indulgent, lazy...   Read More...

  • Love One Another

    Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:11-12 (NASB)Last week’s flash flood reminded us that while things can be swept away in a moment’s notice, relationships are strengthened by trials.   Read More...

  • Excellence Not Perfection

    “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men…” Colossians 3:23 (NASB)There is one thing that we all have in common in this room, and that is that we are all imperfect. This means that every single one of us falls short and makes mistakes. However, there is another thing that we all have in common in this room, and that is that we were made in the image of God.   Read More...

  • Leading Well

    “…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Matthew 20:28 (NASB)Part of the mission of Covenant Academy is to equip leaders. How do we know what makes a good leader? We hear all the time that leaders are to follow their leaders, to serve God and others, and to lead by their actions, no just their words.   Read More...

  • Esprit de Corps

    es·prit de corps  eˌsprē də ˈkôr/ noun'esprit de corps is  a feeling of pride, fellowship, and common loyalty shared by the members of a particular group.  Late 18th century: French, literally ‘spirit of the body.' Introducing a house competition that will last until the end of the year and require nothing out of the ordinary from our students… The “Esprit de Corps” House Competition will award 100 points on the last day of school...  Read More...

  • Selfies and Why We Love Them

     Master artists have painted their own portraits beginning in the Renaissance, and some artists multiple times throughout their painting lives. During the Renaissance the portrait became a subject artists were commissioned to paint for wealthy patrons, and mirrors became less expensive and therefore available to more people. Painters could use their own image as a way to explore the human form in shape and color, and use that knowledge in their commissioned portraits.Selfies are the modern ...  Read More...

  • Patience

    Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NASB)Have you ever had to wait for something you wanted? Did you think waiting was fun?   Read More...

  • Prayer

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 (NIV)Good morning! Have you ever felt afraid before? Have you ever been sad before?   Read More...

  • Obeying Those in Authority

    “Do everything without grumbling or arguing…” Philippians 2:14 (NIV)Often times our teachers, parents, or other people in authority over us, will ask us to do things such as clean our rooms, finish our chores, or to whisper as we walk through the halls. However, we may not want to do these things because we find them to be time consuming, boring, or we might be busy doing something else. When we are faced with this problem we might think, “Should we obey those in authori...  Read More...

  • Delight in Discipline

    Correct your son, and he will give you comfort; He will also give delight to your soul. Proverbs 29: 17 (NASB)You’re released from lunch, you drop off your lunch kit at the classroom, and you watch the rest of your class walk back to the Pavilion, but you must stay behind. Instead of frolicking through the fields with your friends, you have been given courtyard service.   Read More...

  • Farm to Table: Cultivating Minds through Classical Education

    “The concept of man as a gardener is highly suggestive: A gardener does not destroy nature, nor leave it as it is. He cultivates and develops it, enhancing its beauty, usefulness, and fruitfulness. So God expects His servants to bring all creation under His lordship.   Read More...

  • Inciting a Rebellion

    I had one goal for our upper school retreat: incite a rebellion. Not a rebellion against authority or government or religion; a rebellion against low expectations. With the Scriptures at the center, we evaluated what the world says about teenagers, what the Bible says about teenagers, and what they want to say about teenagers.   Read More...

  • On Becoming WORDly

    A trip to the local mall will give a quick sense of the pattern of this world. What is important? What is valued?   Read More...

  • Identity Theft

    Norman Rockwell’s painting “Girl at the Mirror” serves as a reminder for each of us. As image bearers we will always seek to look the part of our identity. The girl at the mirror looks longingly at a glamorous model and finds herself not measuring up.   Read More...

  • Finding Joy in Education

    I came across a short Latin phrase recently that described the educative process well. John Amos Comenius, in the 17th century, wrote in his Latin textbook, "Si principium difficile, medium facile, finis iucundus." In English, we might say, "If the beginning is difficult, the middle will be easy, and the end pleasant." As a teacher of languages, I found Comenius's statement accurate and insightful. Study of a foreign language, as study of most subjects, begins with an exp...  Read More...

  • Covenant in Living Magazine

    Excerpt from the January 2015 Living Magazine, Cy-Fair Edition: It seems every year a new approach to educating our children is unleashed. Not only is it nearly impossible to keep up with the acronyms, these fads tend to hinder parental participation in the learning process. Often newer isn't better, especially when it comes to education.   Read More...

  • Disconnected Children

    “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys” was written to warn mothers of the lonely life of cowboys. As sung by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, the warning cry is clear: this is a sad and hard life and mothers would want to prevent this loss of connection with other people if they only knew. “If they only knew,” I often think to myself when I see young children using smart technology in restaurants or doctor’s offices.  Read More...