What is the origin of the school's name?
Covenant is the way God relates to people - a deep, intimate, permanent relationship. God also created husbands and wives to be in a covenant relationship and He often blesses parents with children. At TCS, our desire is to create an educational environment that cultivates relationships between God and children and between parents and their children. We believe God has given parents the responsibility to raise, educate, train, and disciple their children. (Deuteronomy 6:5-9, Ephesians 6:4, Proverbs 1:7-8). We long to partner with families in this endeavor, assisting them in their desire to create lifelong learners who are passionate about Christ and His kingdom.
Where is the central campus located?
Classes are held at 2300 W. Friendly Avenue in Greensboro inside Centenary United Methodist Church. Our mailing address is: The Covenant School, PO Box 10454, Greensboro, NC 27404.
What days and times does the school meet?
Grades K - 7 meet Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:45 - 3:45
6th and 7th grades also meet from 8:45 - 2:45 on Mondays
What grades are offered and how many students will be enrolled?
For the 2019-2020 academic year, TCS is serving students in kindergarten through 7th grade. Our kindergarten classes have approximately 14 students per class and our 1st through 7th-grade classes have between 14 and 16 students. Total enrollment is approximately 140 students.
What subjects are offered?
We teach English (phonics-based reading, composition, and grammar), math, geography, history, literature, and Spanish. Integration of learning is emphasized as are great works of literature and writing. Logic and Critical Thinking is also taught in the Dialectic School.
How much is tuition?
For the 2019-2020 academic year tuition is as follows:
K - 5th Grade: $3,950 annually
6th and 7th Grade: $4,950 annually
The tuition covers our facility, teacher salaries, membership in U.M.S.I (University-Model Schools International), and other administrative costs. Tuition does not include uniforms and the parent's set of curriculum for home days. Curriculum typically costs between $200 and $300 per student.
Are there enrollment and/or re-enrollment fees?
Enrollment for New Students
Application fee $75 (All new applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable $75 application fee per student.)
Registration fee is $250 (non-refundable and paid upon acceptance to reserve your spot.)
Re-Enrollment for Returning Students
No application fee
Re-enrollment prior to February 15th is $150.
Re-enrollment post February 15th is $200.
Does TCS offer financial aid?
At this time we are unable to offer any financial assistance. We are registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit and are accepting donations to hopefully be able to offer assistance in the future. You can, however, apply for the NC State Education Opportunity Scholarship Program which is a grant that provides full tuition for eligible children.
What is the difference in a University-Model School and a homeschool co-op?
Homeschool co-ops are a good way for homeschooling families to pool their resources and expertise for specific study projects. One parent may be especially proficient in math and teach a group of students that subject for a period of time. Generally speaking, homeschool co-ops are age-integrated, specialized, and parent-run. In some cases, co-ops take over the primary responsibility of teaching certain courses instead of integrating the teacher and parent effectively for each course as is done in the University-Model. The UMS is also different by virtue of having specific grade levels, consistent accountability from semester to semester, a full spectrum of courses complete with prerequisites and diploma plans, and a professional administration and faculty (much like a traditional school) that partners with the parents in their child’s education. Read more about the University-Model here.
Do you allow students to enroll in classes on an a la carte or part-time basis?
No, students must enroll in the complete curriculum by grade level.
What is the school's leadership structure?
The school is governed by a Board of Directors which oversees our Executive Board. The Executive Board is made up of our Head of School, our Academic Dean of the Grammar School, and our Dialectic School Curriculum Coordinator.
Head of School: Adam Greer
Academic Dean of Grammar School: Jenny Purath
Dialectic School Curriculum Coordinator: Amy Sasser
Board of Directors: Kevin and Amy Sasser, William and Jesse Duke, and Drew and Natalie Hill
Does TCS fulfill NC state requirements?
Yes. TCS is fully accredited and we have set high academic standards that will be looked upon favorably by colleges. We are a member of UMSI (University-Model Schools International) formerly known as National Association of University Model Schools (NAUMS).
What if parents don't have homeschooling or teaching experience?
Parents need not have teaching experience. The teachers at our central campus are professionals who introduce and teach new concepts to students. They provide detailed assignments each week and maintain open lines of communication with the parents. Parents act as co-instructors under the guidance of the classroom teacher. In addition, we offer instruction to parents and partner with you as you help your children learn.
Will this model work for us if both parents work full-time outside the home?
One of the most important ingredients in the success of the University-Model is an available parent who can assist and properly work with the student. For a family in which both parents work outside the home on a full-time basis a more traditional school is likely a better choice. By the time a student reaches the Dialectic grades, however, they should be working very independently on their home days. While parent involvement is still needed at this level the time required by the parent should be much less than the Grammar grades.
Do you offer sports, art, and music?
We currently offer physical education, art, and music. We are also interested in having sports teams, as we grow into middle and high school.
Do you offer foreign languages?
Students begin taking Spanish in Kindergarten.
What about students with disabilities?
We will talk with each family on a case by case basis, but we are likely not equipped to serve families of students with disabilities at this time.
The Covenant School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the admission process.