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Curriculum

We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The CCS curriculum is not simply a textbook, it is a rich, disciplined instructional process that strives to offer opportunities for discovery, personal development, and growth.  CCS's curriculum is challenging, engaging, and values the uniqueness of each individual student.

The CCS curricular approach seeks to develop the mind and challenge the heart by fostering a learning environment that values the intellect and instills biblical values. 

The Christian worldview is the foundation for every class, activity, sport, and function at CCS. It is commonplace to see a math teacher integrate Christian principles in her class by describing our Creator as the chief architect of order, or a history teacher to explain the providence of God in the study of His church in a particular time and place. Likewise, it is natural for administrators, teachers, and staff to speak to parents, students, and stakeholders at any Christ Covenant event of our faith in, and love of the Lord Jesus Christ. We aren't perfect; we are in fact, sinners in need of a Savior- and that too is part of what it means to live out of, and teach out of a Christian worldview. It is understanding that Jesus Christ is our chief cornerstone, our bread, our life- not just in bible class, but in every area of student life.

The Art department continues to foster knowledgeable young artists. We are proud to have many art winners in our district and state art competitions, and we will continue to develop this aspect of fine arts at CCS. The fine arts are also highlighted in some of our special chapels, including drama, ballet, and music, as well as in opportunities for instrument lessons in music through our Outback program. Our Music department continues to develop our annual productions and gives your child the unique opportunity to participate in a musical as well as introducing students to different types of music, musical instruments, music history, and music as a means to glorify God.

Middle School students experience a wide range of artistic disciplines including music class with an end of the year music program, chapel worship team, drum line, theater class that includes a theater production, art classes that include school wide art shows and competition, and district and state competitions. In addition, students are exposed to other artistic disciplines, and given even more opportunities to express themselves artistically, both within the school, on mission, and for the benefit of their families.

Students have Bible class daily, and attend chapel every other week. In addition to attending Bible class daily, it is important to understand that a Biblical worldview is the foundation for every class, activity, sport, and function at CCS. Our Bible curriculum is taught from an Orthodox Christian, Protestant, Evangelical, Reformed, interdenominational perspective. Our elementary students are exposed to the entire biblical story from first through fifth grade. Sixth grade students do a Survey of the entire Bible with the theme: The Bible is God's Story and He is the hero. Our seventh grade students focus on the theme, "What We Believe" and are exposed to our Christian beliefs, church history, world religions, cults, Creationism, and Naturalism. In addition, our seventh grade students take a week long field trip to Cincinnati, Ohio, where they spend time in the Creation museum, the glory and wonder of God's creation in Mammoth Cave and the Cincinnati Zoo, and other exciting, fun events. Our eighth graders spend the entire year learning what it means to have the mind of Christ- a biblical worldview- in the areas of theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, psychology, sociology, law, politics, economics, and history.

In addition to giving opportunities for our students to glorify God with their minds, CCS gives students opportunities to glorify God with their hearts and hands. Students have a boys and girls bible study with a male and female devotional leader once a week, where bible study, prayer, scripture memorization, and the opportunity to live in community takes place. Students are also given an opportunity to perform missions projects throughout the year. Each middle school grade performs a day long mission project, and the middle school supports orphan ministries with time and giving. In addition, students are given opportunities to serve The Lord through the school, the community, and international missions projects throughout the year.

CCS students grow in knowledge of our ever-changing world, it's geography, our country, and its leaders. Living History Days are tremendous experiences for students in Lower School; they also have opportunities to extend topics of study through local field trips including the Old Capitol Museum and the World War II Museum in New Orleans. Middle school students extend their studies on out-of-state trips, such as the Huntsville Space Center, the New Orleans World War II Museum, Mammoth Cave & Creation Museum and even Washington, D.C.  To see history through a Christian worldview is to better understand God’s ever unfolding plan for us. 

Along with producing students with strong literacy skills, our goal is for our students to be capable of complex mathematical thinking resulting from a true conceptual understanding of math. A concepts-based curriculum where students grasp the concepts of math problem solving serves students better than a procedure-oriented curriculum where students only memorize steps. Our elementary program, Math Connects, is a nationally-normed program consistent with accepted math standards that are reflected in our achievement testing. This curriculum uses manipulatives to allow students to touch and see math as the concepts are solidifying in their minds. Teachers add biblical integration to produce Christian worldview thinkers. In addition to this program, teachers incorporate speed drills for fast recall of facts. Classroom computer programs also offer a fun practice and review.

Middle school students continue a vigorous pursuit of mathematical thinking with texts vertically-aligned with Math Connects.  Seventh and eighth graders have the opportunity to pursue an advanced course if math proves to be an area they desire more challenge.  Both levels of classes are designed to fully equip students for success in high school.  Middle School students can also participate in the First Lego League, a national robotics competition which uses Lego Mindstorms NXT kits, as well as experiment in design via several 3-D printers.

All students have time to play and be outside, to exercise, and to enjoy physical fitness opportunities on a daily basis. Students in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade attend Kids in Motion, an innovative PE program focusing on fine motor and gross motor skill development in young children, and second through fifth graders have scheduled PE time. Elementary students may also participate in Warrior Wake Up, an optional program which meets before school and is based on research that indicates physical movement in the morning is related to increased mental clarity and academic success.  Middle School students may choose an athletics elective for any trimester. Project Fit is an exciting program that complements our PE program. We thank our friends at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi for awarding CCS this grant and providing our outdoor fitness area.

Older Lower School students and all middle school students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of organized sports.

Christ Covenant School offers a full language arts program, wich includes phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, vocabulary, word study based on Greek and Latin roots, fluency, comprehension, grammar, handwriting, and composition, as well as the development of deep thinking and oral communication skills. The program utilizes excellent resources that have been thoughtfully and carefully meshed for the benefit of each student and the school. Like any school of rigor, we add our own unique components as we work diligently to construct and maintain an excellent design. Our desire is to challenge students to read fluently, comprehend deeply, think critically, and write effectively.

Complementary additions to our curriculum include our beautifully-appointed library with over 5,000 titles, the teaching of library and research skills, and incorporation of multiple styles of book reports. Also incorporated are Reading Counts computerized comprehension quizzes and points accumulation, SRA reading labs in each classroom, and purposeful summer reading, all of which can be of particular help in meeting needs of the accelerated student.

Teaching children to think scientifically while thinking biblically is essential yet unique to the Christian school. Our text, CSI Science, is packed with demonstrations, experiments, and the wonder of science discovery. Our science lab on wheels has it all: water, electricity, microscopes with prepared slides, models, and more. It has been wonderful to watch the piqued interest of students and to hear how many have claimed science as a favorite subject as they get their hands into science. All students have access to our well-appointed science lab on the third floor, whether it's through our exciting Super Science weekly labs for Lower School or Middle School Science classes. 

Fifth graders go to the moon! Well, not really, but the simulator feels like it. This excellent trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, is a wonderful opportunity for your student. Moms and Dads, we’ll have room for many of you to join us, too.

Lower School students enjoy an extention of their topics of study with local field trips, such as one to the Petrified Forest.  Middle School students travel to the New Orleans Insectarium & Aquarium.

All students work through the different seasons in our school garden. From planting, to harvesting, cooking, and eating, students learn where vegetables really come from!

Our technology program thrives with its use of laptop and Chromebook carts for instruction. CCS also utilizes classroom computers, projectors in the classrooms for teacher integration of technology, and other technology including Mimio, Smart Board, Elmo devices, and Teaching Microscopes, which all contribute to up-to-date instruction integrating technology.

CCS utilizes a live curriculum in its computer class, as opposed to a textbook or published curriculum. Student learning includes applications such as tracking plant growth on Excel, book reports on Power Point, academic newsletters on Publisher, graphing weather, enhancing reports with graphics, and more.

Seventh and Eighth graders are issued a school Chromebook for year-long use.