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Christ Covenant School launched in the Fall of 2002, as a ministry of Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church (PCA). Since that time, God has blessed our school with an incredible school community that we truly feel privileged to serve. Our mission is to partner with Christian parents in teaching, training, and equipping their children academically and spiritually so that they will be able to love the Lord, to think biblically, and to glorify God in every area of life.

At Christ Covenant School, we are committed to excellence and committed to Christ. While we teach all subjects from a biblical worldview, we are known for offering one of the most academically advanced programs in the area. Our students are well equipped through our academically rigorous program that will serve them well through their high school and college years. While we know other schools offer a quality education, few schools are as well regarded as CCS in our approach to integrating faith in the learning process. Our faculty and staff members are trained to instruct our children in ways that point them back to God as the author and creator of all knowledge and wisdom.

We are a covenant model school meaning at least one parent must be a self-professing follower of Jesus Christ and the family must be active in a local body of believers. We are so committed to preserving the culture of our school community, we require a Parent Faith Interview as part of our enrollment process.

 

Our Existence

Christ Covenant School exists as a ministry of Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church because of and to the glory of God, and for the development and discipleship of covenant children.

Our Mission

The mission of Christ Covenant School is to partner with Christian parents in teaching, training and equipping their children academically and spiritually so that they would be able to love the Lord, to think biblically, and to glorify God in every area of life.

Our Vision
We desire to see and will be praying that our students will develop
a real and growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ
the beginnings of a Biblical world and life view
outstanding academic preparation from a Christian perspective
a desire to love and obey Christ with their gifts, talents, abilities, and in their relationships
a consistent lifestyle that models and points others to Jesus
a desire to impact their world and the world with the message of hope, grace, and eternal life in Christ
 
Philosophy of Education

Every educational institution endorses a philosophy of education, whether explicitly or implicitly, and it is these underlying assumptions which drive the educational process. Through a challenging academic environment, we strive to cultivate depth of thought, nurtured by a Biblical worldview, in all areas of life: physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual.

Our educational philosophy is built upon the following values:
 
God as the Source and Goal of all Truth
Christian education is a gospel-centered, grace-filled act of worship based on the authority, authenticity, and reliability of the Bible as the true revelation of God.
Christian education should give students the tools to be great thinkers who love God and are devoted to the truth of His word.
God’s Word and God’s world are two complementary, not contradictory, spheres of revelation.
Relationships and knowledge in all subject areas have ultimate and unifying meaning in the context of a Biblical framework.
 
Training in Virtue

Because Christ is the embodiment of virtue, growing in faith and knowledge of truth is essential for a consistent life of virtue.

The Pursuit of Wisdom
The fear of the Lord is the beginning principle of wisdom.
Students are trained not merely to be intelligent, but to be wise. They are taught to see the world hrough the lens of scripture.
Christian education is discipleship, as well as evangelism. We partner with Christian parents in a covenantal relationship to train students in wisdom.

Our educational philosophy is implemented through these two components:
 
Faculty
Our faculty is comprised of teachers who develop academic excellence, personal responsibility, and spiritual growth within students. The faith, character, and maturity of each teacher are fundamentally significant. They must not only be trained in their respective fields, but also possess a growing theological sophistication in order to properly engage in Christian worldview development.
Curriculum
Curricula are planned to prepare students for the next steps in their educational careers and shape hearts to desire the glorification of God. We strive to teach our students that through the sciences they see God’s created world; through history they see God’s unfolding plan; through math they see our orderly God; through the arts they learn they are the image bearers of God and called to use their gifts and talents for His glory; and language ultimately allows us to express ourselves and study God’s word.

Middle School Missions Projects are day long events in which CCS partners with local ministry organizations to help the local organizations meet their missions for Christ, while allowing CCS students the opportunity to be intentional servants. Each middle school grade devotes one entire school day to a mission project--the students respond well to the role, love to serve, and are flexed to be more like Christ as they stretch outside of their comfort zones. In the past, we have served at orphanages, and downtown Jackson ministries, and plan to continue to expand this important work. Additionally, CCS middle school students are encouraged to serve the Lord through the ministry opportunities of their own church, and those that their own families participate in.

Chapel at Christ Covenant School is a once a week activity in which local ministers, organizations, motivational speakers, missionaries, and troupes have an opportunity to speak to our students. The details may change from week to week, but the message is the same--loving, obeying and glorifying the Lord as a school and as individuals. In addition to outside speakers, we often have students take a lead role in chapel, especially in the worship portion of the middle school chapel experience. At CCS, we don’t meet just to meet--chapel is one of our ways of connecting ourselves to the living God.

Middle School Bible Study at Christ Covenant School is an important weekly event with our boys meeting with the Chaplain, and our girls meeting with a dedicated female teacher and counselor. These bible studies are more than just rote study and memorization. They are a chance for our students to live in community with our Lord and dedicated mentors. Lively conversations, intentional study, dedicated prayer time, and adult and peer mentoring drive our devotional time. These bible studies have been key in building a stronger, more Christ-like, more caring student body at CCS.

1.We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, and the supreme authority for faith and life.

• 2 Timothy 3:16-17
• 2 Peter 1:19-21

2.We believe in one God existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-equal and eternal.

• Deuteronomy 6:4
• Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19
• 2 Corinthians 13:14

3.We believe that man was created by God and in the image of God, that he sinned against God's law and thereby incurred both physical and spiritual death.

• Genesis 1:26-27; 3:6-19
• Romans 5:12-19

4.We believe that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are in need of the saving blood of Jesus in order to be reconciled to God.

• Psalm 51:5
• Romans 3:10-20; 5:12
• John 3:5-7
• Ephesians 2:1-3
• Hebrews 9:11-14

5.We believe that Jesus was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and thus is fully God and fully man.

• Matthew 1:20
• Luke 1:26-35
• John 1:1; 20:28
• Titus 2:13

6.We believe that the Lord Jesus died on the cross, according to scripture, and for our sins, as our substitute, and that all who believe in Him are justified by His shed blood.

• Romans 3:21-26
• 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
• 2 Corinthians 5:21
• Galatians 3:10-14

7.We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His personal and visible return to this earth.

• Matthew 28:1-10
• Luke 24:1-12; 50-53
• John 20:1-18; 24-29
• Acts 1:6-11
• 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
• 1 Thessalonians 4:16

8.We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, become children of God, are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, progressively becoming more Christlike in thought, word, and action, and are eternally secure.

• John 1:12-13
• 1 Peter 1:3, 23
• Romans 8:12-17
• 2 Corinthians 3:18
• Philippians 1:6
• John 10:28-29

9.We believe in the bodily resurrection of all persons, judgment to come, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.

• Daniel 12:2
• Matthew 25:31-46
• 1 Corinthians 15:42-44
• Revelation 20:11-15

10.We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders reflect the image and nature of God. 

• Genesis 1:26-27

11. We believe that marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and woman who are married to each other.

• Genesis 2:18-25
• 1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; 
• Hebrews 13:4

At CCS, we value a Parent-Church-School Partnership. We see ourselves as coming alongside parents and the church in teaching and training children. In addition to personal testimony, we require pastoral reference and church membership for admission. We seek to inform and involve parents. Weekly communication  includes student work, student progress report, and school announcements/school news. Our web-site offers you information about your student's progress, school events, weekly announcements, and general information. We offer opportunities for parental involvement and communication in an effort to foster excellent home and school relations.

The Family. From our homework philosophy to convenience factors such as early drop off, after school care, hot lunches, and co-curricular classes that help busy families spend less time in the car, we strive to support and protect the family.

A Biblical Worldview. We are eager to see every student understand that God is the center of our world. We want to train children to think biblically and to consider what will most glorify God in all of their decisions. We are truly a Christian school, not just offering Christian principles, a Bible class, and a Thursday chapel. In addition, we teach every subject and every class from a God-centered perspective, not separating truth from the Author of truth. We recognize Christian schooling as essential in teaching children to think from a God-centered perspective.

Academic Excellence. CCS offers rigorous academics which prepare today’s students for the challenge of life long learning. We strive to see our students learn to think deeply and to develop a love and desire for learning. Using excellent curriculum as a guide toward academic achievement, our highly qualified teachers nurture our students toward academic success and readiness for the next level of their academic pursuits. Achievement test scores are high and consistently above average in our three comparison groups: MAIS, Christian schools, and public schools.

The Well-Being of Children. CCS seeks to be a safe haven, offering Christian schooling in a loving, nurturing environment. We are intentionally a small school environment in order that students and families receive the attention and care they need. We take deliberate steps to care for the safety of our students, including building lock down policies, safety procedures, monthly drills, and traffic awareness.

Diversity. It is the desire of CCS to offer an environment reflective of God’s Kingdom, diverse in race and ethnic origin, brought together as believers in Christ for the spiritual and academic good of our children, acting in unity as the Body of Christ.

The Academic Advancement of Every Student. While CCS offers special services for particular learning differences, the school has not been established to meet the needs of an exceedingly broad range of learners. In the diversity of learners that it does educate, CCS values the progress of each and offers advancement opportunities beyond our regular course of academics. The Learning Lab, Promise Kids, Middle School resource, after school Study Hall, SRA reading labs, Reading Counts, and special math technology are among the methods used to meet learners at their particular pace of learning, whether advanced, struggling, or somewhere in between.

Different Learning Styles. CCS recognizes that students learn differently, and we seek to teach all subjects to all learning styles. Our teachers readily accept this challenge and offer an array of differentiated learning opportunities in order for every student to grasp content. Class components go beyond lecture and worksheets with manipulatives, projects, experiments, reports, research, and more.

The Foundational Importance of Strong Literacy Skills and Mathematical Concepts. We recognize the value of academic preparedness in a variety of subjects, but we see literacy skills and mathematical thinking as the crucial foundation for academic training. We strive to teach students to think deeply and to not only comprehend what they read, but also to process content with excellence in written and oral expression. We see conceptual mathematical thinking as superior to procedure oriented math, where math steps are memorized. Math is a logical process, and understanding how and why math works builds stronger mathematical thinking as well as skills. These areas serve as the foundation to other disciplines.

Our Faculty and Staff as Role Models. It is our desire to offer today’s youth role models of godly living and Christian character. We hire and equip qualified individuals who share our vision, mission, and our pursuit of excellence in every area of the Christian school experience.

Spiritual and Character Development. Even beyond our teaching from a Christian Worldview, we offer spiritual training and character development for every student. Our Living Foundations program includes Bible, mission opportunities, chapel, character development emphasis, and personal well-being training, such as nutrition and fire safety. Bible Studies are a highlight of the middle school experience.

Co-Curricular Advancement Opportunities. CCS recognizes the importance of co-curricular opportunities. During the school day, we recognize music, art, physical education, computer, foreign language, and library as part of our academic environment. We also offer after school classes in a variety of areas, such as piano, guitar, karate, ballet, gymnastics, and art. We offer such classes through our Outback program to help today’s busy family. Scouting opportunities and Safety Patrol are available at certain age levels, as well as an Adventure Club. Team sports opportunities are available to help further our mission. These include football, basketball, swim team, and pep squad. Middle school opportunities expand to include golf, tennis, cross country, student government, yearbook, math and science club, and more.

The School Facility. We provide excellent facilities that are well maintained and appropriately outfitted for the educational advancement of every student in each academic discipline. From the use of state of the art computer technology to a beautifully appointed library to spacious classrooms, extra attention is given to your child’s learning environment.

Our Expected Student Outcomes

Striving toward the realization of our school vision, programs, strategies, and methodologies within the context of biblical principles, CCS strives to produce students with a Christian worldview who:

are well prepared in all academic disciplines and are skilled in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking.are proficient in mathematics and science.
possess a knowledge and understanding of people, events, and movements in history and the cultures of other people and places.
appreciate literature and the arts.
know how to utilize resources, including technology, to find, analyze, and evaluate information.
have developed a love of learning and are committed to lifelong learning.
can employ problem solving skills and know how to think critically, ask appropriate questions, seek wise counsel, and make wise decisions.
have benefitted and grown from a variety of educational and extracurricular opportunities afforded them in a Christ-honoring environment.
understand the worth of every human being as created in the image of God.
embrace and practice justice, mercy and peacemaking in family and society, while dispelling prejudice and appreciating differences in other people.
respect and relate appropriately and with integrity and compassion to the people with whom they work, play, and live.
understand and can commit to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
know, understand and apply God’s word in daily life.
possess appropriate apologetic skills to defend their faith.
are empowered to pursue a life of faith, goodness, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, love, and integrity.
take responsibility for their own work, actions, and learning.
know how to prioritize, organize, and maintain good study habits.