GFM NOV 2014
Covenant Academy is Middle Georgia’s only Christian Classical school. Serving K3-12th grades, Covenant showcases an unwavering commitment to academics, a competitive athletic program, and a diverse fine arts department. With over twenty years in administration, J. Alan Wood has served as Covenant’s Headmaster since 2013. Mr. Wood holds a B.A. from Georgia State College and University and a M. Ed. from Valdosta State University.
Covenant Academy began with a desire for a Christ-centered education for children among three like-minded families. These families joined others to oversee the inauguration of Covenant in 1987. Covenant has grown to include thirty-five acres housing grammar and upper school buildings, a gymnasium with a newly renovated wooden floor, and athletic fields. This year, stadium lighting was added to the football field with the addition of stadium seating and a press box in the near future.
The mission of Covenant Academy is to glorify God by teaching for mastery and training for servant leadership in the knowledge of God. Covenant endeavors to see the character of Christ formed in each student’s life, while providing an educational program of academic excellence. 91% of the 2014 graduates were Hope Scholarship eligible, and 76% of students taking AP exams scored three or better. Covenant academic honors include AP scholars, National Merit Semi-Finalist, and commended students.
The graduates of 2014 received over two million in scholarships excluding Hope.
Covenant’s classical approach involves intensive phonics, whole book reading, early introduction of Latin, classes in logic, and a focus on the art of rhetoric. Seniors
are required to research and develop a thesis paper that is presented and defended to a faculty panel. Catherine Sheats, Upper School Administrator, says, “Covenant, since its beginning, has been at the forefront of classical education. Our students are among the brightest out there, and we consistently hear back from our alumni on how their education at Covenant sets them apart from their peers.” She adds, “As a classical educational community, we desire our students to grow into individuals that seek truth, goodness, and beauty. As a Christian school, we unashamedly recognize that all education is of the heart, and we approach all aspects from a Biblical world view.”
Covenant hosts a variety of extra-curricular activities including music, art, band, drama, one-act, pep-club, art club, summer camps, and athletics for all ages. This year Covenant is hosting four international students from Germany, France, and Japan. Accredited with quality by the Georgia Accrediting Commission, Covenant maintains memberships with the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS), Georgia Independent School
Association (GISA), and is a founding member of the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association (GICAA).
Covenant’s inaugural Fine Arts Gala was held this past winter and included quartets, choirs, drama, monologues, the school band, instrumentals, and art displays. Covenant can boast of GISA state and regional champions in Dramatic Interpretation, Literary, and Men’s Quartet, along with three appointments to the All Select Honor Band. This year Covenant will host the GICAA Eastern Regional one-act competition in partnership with New Town Macon, Main Street Macon, and the Historic Cox Capital Theater.
Covenant’s athletic department has grown each year, and currently they field teams in middle school, JV, and Varsity including football, basketball, baseball, softball, tennis, cross country, swimming, golf, track, tennis, and soccer. Students have the opportunity to play at Phillips Arena, Luther Williams Field, Wesleyan, and Mercer University fields.
Covenant has been recognized as Region Champions in tennis, cross country, and basketball.
Training for servant leadership is an important goal for Covenant, and the last graduating class logged over 4000, community service hours during their rhetoric school tenure. Covenant was proud to announce the R.A. Bowen Scholarship was given to one of these graduates. Students at Covenant are actively recruited by colleges and universities all over the country including University of Georgia, Furman University, Clemson University, Texas A&M, Mercer University, Auburn University, College of William and Mary, as well as appointments to West Point.
The history of Covenant Academy includes the reliance on the grace of God, the prayers and support of His people, and a forthright commitment since its inception to provide true classical curriculum and instruction squarely rooted in the Word of God. #
4652 Ayers Road, Macon