Who We Are
- Core Values
- What We Believe
- The Importance of Partnership
- Commitments in Action
- Christian Community at Covenant Day
- Portrait of a Graduate
- Characteristics of Professional Excellence
Transforming hearts and minds for the glory of Jesus Christ by fostering:
- We will pursue excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts, developing students’ gifts and interests for God’s glory. (Phil 4:8)
- We will provide teachers and staff who serve as loving mentors, investing in students’ intellectual, spiritual, physical, and emotional development. (Proverbs 22:6)
- We will cultivate vital partnerships between Christian families of various backgrounds, their churches, and the school to promote a warm and welcoming community. (Ephesians 2:11-22)
- We will help students grow in their knowledge, understanding, and application of Scripture, guiding them to love and proclaim Christ in a fallen world. (Romans 12:2)
- We will prioritize innovative learning opportunities so that students embody Christ through servant leadership to the church and community. (Galatians 5:13)
These Core Values guide our conduct and our commitments:
- Our foundation is built on the absolute truth of God and His word, and every aspect of our education is permeated by our faith in Christ.
- We are committed individually and collectively to seeking academic and extracurricular distinction inspired by the character of God while creating lifetime disciples of Christ.
- We partner with Christian families who are centered around authentic relationships with Christ and one another, showing sacrificial love, and seeking to glorify God instead of ourselves in our relationships.
- We point each other to our foundation and continual growth in Christ, encouraging our staff, students, and families to reflect God’s eternal kingdom instead of man’s kingdom.
Wisdom for Kingdom Living
- CDS nurtures the whole student by enriching their spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical development.
- We create lifelong learners through educational excellence, shepherding students’ hearts and developing their wisdom for lives of worship and service to Christ’s church and the world.
As a Christian school, what we believe about faith and life is supremely important. Covenant Day School is a ministry of Christ Covenant Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America. As a Presbyterian church, Christ Covenant is guided by the Bible, and our theological understanding of Scripture is found in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms. As a ministry of the church, Covenant Day School is guided by the same doctrinal convictions.
Having said that, we realize that many—indeed, most—of our families come from other church traditions. While it is important to understand the school’s underlying theological commitments, we are delighted that Christian families from other church traditions who believe the Bible and hold to the historic Christian faith choose CDS for the formal education of their children.
Here is a brief summary of what we believe at Covenant Day School:
- We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
- We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy.
- We believe that salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation.
- We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His covenant promises.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.
- We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.
- We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Given the realities of our changing world, it is also important to say something about our understanding of human sexuality. Recently, the Presbyterian Church in America released a study committee report on human sexuality. It’s a long document, but at the heart of the report are Twelve Statements. We include parts of the first two statements here so you can understand what we believe as a school.
We affirm that marriage is to be between one man and one woman (Gen. 2:18-25; Matt. 19:4-6). Sexual intimacy is a gift from God to be cherished and is reserved for the marriage relationship between one man and one woman (Prov. 5:18-19). Marriage was instituted by God for the mutual help and blessing of husband and wife, for procreation and the raising together of godly children, and to prevent sexual immorality (Gen. 1:28; 2:18; Mal. 2:14-15; 1 Cor. 7:2, 9). Marriage is also a God-ordained picture of the differentiated relationship between Christ and the Church (Eph. 5:22-33; Rev. 19:6-10). All other forms of sexual intimacy, including all forms of lust and same-sex sexual activity of any kind, are sinful (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Rom. 1:18-32; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10; Jude 7).
We affirm that God created human beings in his image as male and female (Gen. 1:26-27). Likewise, we recognize the goodness of the human body (Gen. 1:31; John 1:14) and the call to glorify God with our bodies (1 Cor. 6:12-20). As a God of order and design, God opposes the confusion of man as woman and woman as man (1 Cor. 11:14-15). While situations involving such confusion can be heartbreaking and complex, men and women should be helped to live in accordance with their biological sex.
If you have questions, we invite you to reach out to the Admissions Office for additional information.
At Covenant Day School, we believe that the success of each student is built on the combined efforts of the family, their church, and the school. We believe the development of a student encompasses both the intellectual and the spiritual components and that these two components are inseparable and complementary to one another. We believe that students reach their full potential with a strong partnership between the school and the family.
Honor God - We apply biblical principles as we instruct, pray for, and prepare each student for a life that glorifies Him.
Excel - We challenge every student to maximize their gifts and talents to the glory of God by providing the highest level of academic standards.
Partner - We assist parents by serving as a resource to help each student develop intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically.
Nurture - We build a personal relationship with each student that fosters an environment of love, support, and encouragement.
Serve - We offer opportunities to care for others, seeking to develop a servant’s heart within each student.
Lead - We provide fine arts, athletics, and other extracurricular activities, in addition to the classroom experience, that give each student the opportunity to develop gifts and leadership skills.
Staff - We retain a faculty of the highest caliber who possess academic expertise, as well as a heart for mentoring and caring for each student.
Steward - We continually seek to provide good value for the educational investment parents make in their children, offering a growing level of financial support for our families.
Community at Covenant Day School: Unity in diversity for the sake of doxology. Revelation 7:9-10
God is glorified when people who would have reason to be divided by language, by culture, by history, or by ethnicity are brought together in worship of Jesus Christ.
Covenant Day School’s administration and its Board of Trustees have been working for several years on the topic of Christian community and diversity at our school. God’s Word and our school’s core values of Christ-centeredness, truth, and integrity were foundational to our work. It is our hope to have unity in diversity that leads to praising God in doxology. We aim to be a welcoming community where Christian families from various racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds feel at home.
We now invite you to take time to read our statement on building Christ-centered community in the midst of diversity.
What Does Covenant Day School Believe about Christian Community and Diversity?
Diversity is an important, but ambiguous word. A quick dictionary search online yields two definitions:
1. the state of being diverse; variety
2. the practice or quality of including people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds, and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.
These are two very different ways to talk about the same word. Is diversity simply an observational term to describe variety or does the word carry with it its own set of priorities and prescriptions? Christians may hear the word in different ways as well. For some, waving the banner of diversity signals that we are a welcoming place for people of color and that we are trying hard to include and learn from brothers and sisters from many different backgrounds. For others, an emphasis on diversity suggests an agenda dictated by the world and its assumptions about sex, gender, religious pluralism, multiculturalism, and a postmodern approach to knowledge.
A Christian Approach
As a Christian school, we must start with the Bible. On the one hand, some kinds of diversity are celebrated as great blessings in Scripture. God designed Adam and Eve as a complementary pair, each fit for each other, the woman made from the man and man being born of woman (Gen. 2:18-25; 1 Cor. 11:8-12). The Spirit gives different gifts to members of the body so that the church might be strengthened and edified and that Christians might honor one another and rejoice together (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-26). Most dramatically, God planned from the earliest days of the Patriarchs that people from all nations would worship Him (Gen. 12:1-3). Heaven will be more glorious because of the great multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language gathered around the throne singing praise to the Lamb (Rev. 5:9-10; 7:9-10). This kind of diversity is good, beautiful, and brings glory to God. On the other hand, diversity is not an unalloyed good in the Bible. The multiplication of languages was the punishment of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9), later to be undone by the Spirit’s work at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21). Likewise, a diversity of doctrinal beliefs—while sometimes unavoidable in a fallen world—is not the goal of the church (Eph. 4:4-6) and is sometimes deadly (Gal. 1:6-9; Jude 3). And this is to say nothing of unbiblical notions of sex and gender that are sometimes assumed under the world’s definition of diversity.
The Bible never enjoins the Christian to make diversity an aim for its own sake (after all, hell is bound to be just as diverse as heaven). There was nothing inherently virtuous about Egyptians, Babylonians, Israelites, and Philistines inhabiting the same general vicinity in the Ancient Near East. What is amazing is that Rahab and Babylon and Philistia and Tyre and Cush will be counted among the citizens of Zion and enjoy the blessing of Abraham (Psalm 87:1-6). The presence of Jews and Gentiles in the same city was no great triumph for the gospel. The triumph was when historic divisions were broken down in Christ (Eph. 2:11-22). The mere existence of many tribes and tongues is not evidence of the kingdom of God. What makes the scene in Revelation so stunning is that people who were divided by language and ethnicity are unified in their worship of the Lamb. Racial and ethnic diversity find their most beautiful expression as they reflect the power of our cosmic Christ to win for Himself people from every tribe and tongue and to bring those people together in praising His name.
All this is to say that “many-ness” in itself is not the good, but rather oneness in our many-ness. Recognizing (and, where appropriate, celebrating) differences in appearance, abilities, age, background, economic status, music preferences, food choices, and a hundred other things may add spice to life and may be a positive approach for navigating a pluralistic world, but there is nothing particularly Christian about this kind of diversity. What Christians uniquely celebrate is the work of Christ to transcend (but not eradicate) these differences in bringing people with a common ancestor and a common nature into a new community that they might together worship and serve a shared Savior. It is doxology, not difference by itself, that makes diversity worthwhile.
So where does this leave us? How does this understanding of “unity in diversity for the sake of doxology” shape life at Covenant Day School? Here are four commitments:
1. We are committed to welcoming one another (Rom. 15:7). This means we do more than remove barriers; we actively seek to include, support, and learn from those who—because of race, ethnicity, economic background, or ability—might find CDS a more difficult place in which to feel at home. While there are no fixed outcomes or quotas that determine our decisions in admitting students and hiring faculty and staff, neither do we want to be passive in seeking to reflect the variety of our surrounding community. We will eagerly look for qualified, mission-appropriate students, families, faculty, staff, and board members who might otherwise not consider CDS a viable option for them or their children.
2. We are committed to outdo one another in showing honor (Rom. 12:10). This means we will oppose the sin of partiality wherever and in whatever form it exists (James 2:1). More than that, we want to grow in the kind of sensitivity and cultural awareness that expresses our desire to love as we would want to be loved (Matt. 7:12) and to honor each person as being made in the image of God (Gen. 1:27).
3. We are committed to walking in humility toward one another (1 Peter 5:5). This means we will be slow to anger and quick to listen (James 1:19). In situations or cultural moments that might be controversial or racially charged, our first instinct will be to practice patience with others and to think of others more highly than we think of ourselves. In particular, our community will be eager with open hearts to love, listen, and learn from everyone as we acknowledge possible racial sin in our hearts and the sinful patterns of our national history.
4. We are committed to examining the Scriptures with one another (Acts 17:11). This means we will submit all attitudes, assumptions, behaviors, and beliefs to the unerring truth of the Bible. While we have much to learn from common grace insights found in the culture, our highest and final authority is always God and His word, especially as we are helped by the Reformed tradition in understanding that word.
In all of this, our desire is to glorify God in our own ways, as best we can, as a unified (but not uniform) and diverse school community that seeks to love the Lord with heart, soul, and mind (Matt 22:37), love our neighbor as ourselves (Matt. 22:39), and demonstrate the “more excellent way” (1 Cor. 12:31b) that only comes through the gospel of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
By God’s grace, Covenant Day School graduates:
Follow Christ - Our graduates recognize that their daily spiritual and intellectual lives are inseparable and complementary, with Christ at the center. The Bible is their foundation and guide as they pursue their unique callings with diligence, humility, and integrity.
Serve Others - Our graduates demonstrate a love for God, the church as the body of Christ, and all people by affirming others as God’s image bearers. They participate and lead in their local and global communities, seeking to serve them selflessly and include others in achieving goals.
Pursue Wisdom - Our graduates continue to pursue wisdom and knowledge throughout their lives. Intellectually curious, they articulate and apply a biblical worldview as they continue to develop abilities to discern, think critically, work collaboratively, and solve problems creatively and independently.
Communicate Effectively - Our graduates communicate confidently and effectively in written, spoken, mathematical, and technological languages.
Learn Purposefully - Our graduates have a passion for learning and the academic tools necessary to thrive as they purposefully take the next steps in their lives. Their appreciation and wonder for the beauty and complexity of God’s creation informs their learning and development.
Engage the Culture - As ambassadors for Christ, our graduates are equipped to represent Him well collegiately in academics, athletics, and/or fine arts. They are prepared to be salt and light for God’s glory within and across cultures throughout their lives.
In support of our mission, vision, and Portrait of a Graduate, Covenant Day School has developed the following Characteristics of Professional Excellence that all faculty strive to accomplish:
By God’s grace, Covenant Day School teachers are:
Christ-like: I embrace a biblically-focused worldview and practice the Christian disciplines of grace. I faithfully love the Lord and all people, particularly my students.
Called: I joyfully embrace my calling as a teacher at Covenant Day School. I emphasize and model the biblical concept of “calling” with my students.
Dedicated: I am dedicated to upholding biblical standards of excellence and accountability. I emphasize these high standards for student academic performance and behavior.
Discerning: I teach to the various learning styles, relate lessons to real life situations, and emphasize the cultural mandate. My students are encouraged to express their opinions, grow through failure, take godly risks, and value lifelong learning.
Engaged: I winsomely engage my students, emphasizing their high value to God and me. I pray for my students, desiring that they see the beauty in following Christ and that they fulfill their callings before God and mankind.
Involved: I serve and pray for the body of Christ at Covenant Day School. I communicate critical matters in person showing the love of Christ each step of the way.
Growing: I passionately pursue professional growth and gladly share my professional successes and failures with my peers inside and outside our school. I genuinely support my colleagues, administration, the Board of Trustees, and Covenant Day School as a ministry of Christ Covenant Church.
We are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5b