Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. And in the ever-changing landscape of education today, it has become increasingly clear that bigger is not always better. Small schools hold distinct advantages that shape the educational experience of students to prepare them for success. A child’s academic, social, and even spiritual growth may be impacted by the number of students sitting in their classroom.
Meaningful and Lasting Relationships
Small schools foster an environment that ensures no child is lost in the back of the classroom. A low teacher-to-student ratio creates space for teachers to truly understand each child in their care, both academically and personally. Students develop a deep sense of belonging as they form lasting bonds with both their classmates and teachers.
Beyond the walls of their classrooms, students regularly interact with children from all grade levels. This encourages them to build meaningful relationships with those outside of their own peer groups and provides opportunity for the development of servant leadership skills.
Daily connection with all members of the faculty means that each student’s needs are known and unique characteristics appreciated by teachers who will love them far longer than just the year spent in a particular grade. Students are surrounded by adults who know them for many years and who are deeply invested in their flourishing.
“Our daughter transferred to Covenant from a public elementary school. The changes we saw in her upon arrival to Covenant were immediate. Within days of transferring to Covenant, our daughter was excited to attend school again.”
“The changes we saw in her upon arrival to Covenant were immediate. Within days of transferring to Covenant, our daughter was excited to attend school again.”
Small schools are able to create a culture focused on strong academics. When social concerns are minimized, students can simply get on with the business of learning.
Teachers of fewer students can calibrate and tailor instruction in such a way that provides challenge and support to those who need it. Hands-on and discovery-based learning is easily incorporated, and students of all learning styles are engaged in the process. At Covenant, our highly gifted team of faculty members shares one common mission and vision, increasing their effectiveness as a team overall.