Upper School 7-12

A Student’s Week At CCS

School Day Times

7:35 am – 8:00 am  Morning Drop-off

8:00 am 2:55 pm  School Day

MWF Students attend their five core classes (English, Math, History, Science and Latin) as well as Bible.
T&Th Students attend their five core classes as well as their elective.
Chapel Held on Tuesday between second and third period.
House Typically held on the first and third Thursday between second and third period.
Clubs Typically held on the second and fourth Thursday between second and third period.
Lunches Our ninth-twelfth graders have first lunch each day which corresponds to fourth period in their schedule. The seventh and eighth graders have lunch immediately following the first lunch.
First Lunch:  M,W,F – 11:00-11:55 T,TH – 11:20-12:10
Second Lunch:  M,W,F – 12:00-12:55  T,TH – 12:10-1:00
This allows the students 50 minutes to eat and have leisure time. CCS is set up with My Hot LunchBox which delivers each day. Most students will eat and go outside when weather permits. Once outside, students participate in 4-square, basketball, volleyball, throwing the football, and walking.


Curriculum Guide

Also see the Upper School curriculum in the Scope and Sequence.


Seventh Grade:  US History and Geography
Eighth Grade:  World Cultures and Geography
Ninth Grade: 
Ancient History
Tenth Grade:  European History
Eleventh Grade:  Honors United States History or AP United States History
Twelfth Grade:  Political Philosophy


Seventh Grade:  Old Testament Survey
Eighth Grade:  New Testament Survey
Ninth Grade:  Church History
Tenth Grade:  Hermeneutics
Eleventh Grade:  Christian Doctrine 
Twelfth Grade:  Ethics


Seventh Grade: Math 7 or Pre-Algebra
Rising seventh graders will take either math 7 or pre-algebra. The placements will be decided by administration. They will use the final math grade from sixth grade, teacher recommendation, and end of year testing results. These pathways are set up to best serve the students and give them every opportunity to be successful.
Eighth Grade:  Pre-Algebra or Algebra I

Ninth Grade: 
Algebra I or Geometry
Tenth Grade:  Geometry or Algebra II
Eleventh Grade:  Algebra II or Pre-Calculus
Twelfth Grade:  Business Math, Pre-Calculus or AP Calculus


Seventh Grade:  Grammar II Lost Tools of Writing I
Eighth Grade:  Grammar III Lost Tools of Writing I
Ninth Grade: 
Ancient Literature & Composition
Tenth Grade:  British Literature & Composition
Eleventh Grade:  Honors English or AP English Literature & Composition
Twelfth Grade:  Honors English or AP English Literature & Composition



Seventh Grade:  Latin Grade 7
Eighth Grade:  Latin Grade 8
Ninth Grade: 
Latin I or Spanish I
Tenth Grade:  Latin II or Spanish II
Eleventh Grade:  Latin III or Spanish III
Twelfth Grade:  Latin Literature or Spanish IV


Seventh Grade:  Earth Science
Eighth Grade:  Physical Science
Ninth Grade: 
Tenth Grade:  Chemistry
Eleventh Grade:  Physics, Anatomy
Twelfth Grade:  AP Physics, AP Biology, Anatomy


We strive to provide each student with their first choice elective, but there may be times when they will have two different electives in a year depending on availability.

  • Art
  • Music
  • Theater & Drama
  • Digital Journalism
  • Greek
  • Dual Enrollment (for qualifying juniors and seniors)

Seventh and Eighth Grade Specific

Goals of Classical Education

Sound Reasoning • Pursuit and Perception of Truth • Harmony

Trivium: Language Arts

Seventh Grade:  Socratic Seminar
Eighth Grade:  Logic

PE and Athletics - Seventh/Eighth Grade

All 7th & 8th graders are required to either take PE or participate in one of the sports programs at CCS. All high school students are required to complete two athletic credits to meet graduation requirements. This can be accomplished by participating in four seasons of athletics at CCS or by receiving Non-CCS credit.  This refers to activities such as travel sports, dance, organized physical programs, or possible team related positions.  Any non-CCS credit must be approved by the athletic director prior to the beginning of the program.

Ninth-Twelfth Grade Specific

Goals of Classical Education

Sound Reasoning • Pursuit and Perception of Truth • Harmony

AP Classes

Taught on CCS Campus

AP European History
AP American History
AP Biology
AP Calculus
AP Language and Composition
AP Literature and Composition
AP Latin
AP Physics

Taken Via Outside Institutions
(i.e. Johns Hopkins, NC School of Science & Math, NCVPS, etc)
AP Statistics
AP Computer Science
AP Psychology

Dual Enrollment - Qualifying Juniors and Seniors

Pitt Community College – CCP (Career and College Promise) 

  • Juniors and Seniors that meet the requirements for CCP are allowed to transfer in two non-core classes per semester to CCS. These transfer in as 95 for an A, 85 for a B, and 75 for a C. 
  • There is a student fee each semester and students are responsible for their books. Student fees are currently $48.20 per semester. 
  • All classes through CCP are transferable to any college in the UNC system. 

Mid-Atlantic Christian University (MACU) 

  • This is our In-house dual enrollment program. MACU has certified several of the classes taught at CCS. Juniors and seniors taking approved classes can register with MACU to earn college credit. 
  • Students pay MACU per credit hour at a discounted tuition rate of $100 / credit hour. If the student decides to attend MACU after graduation, they are given tuition credit for any classes taken through dual enrollment. 
  • There is no application fee and no additional work or books. 

Additional sources for dual enrollment
North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS)
University of Alabama
Other approved institution

Pinnacle Project - Twelfth Grade

Typically when we think of education, we think of being taught by a teacher and then reproducing what has been presented to us as students. The pinnacle project at Christ Covenant School is a course during the senior year where students are challenged to produce something of their own. Using skills they have been practicing for the last few years, students select a subject they are passionate about and pour themselves into understanding it more. By the end of their senior year, they will have grown in their understanding and will in turn be able to become the teacher, presenting their findings to an audience. It may be a science experiment, an original musical or literary composition, a robust research paper, starting a small business, or other such endeavor. This is a culmination of the training our graduates receive and shows how they are on the right course to continue to learn in adulthood. 

Pinnacle ProjectThe Pinnacle Project allows students to complete a project in an area of study within their field of interest. Students will receive insight and guidance from a teacher in their chosen field, and by the end of the course, produce a creative or scholarly work of publishable quality.
There are three options to consider for the project. ❖ Research project ❖ Creative project ❖ Science experiment.  Each of the options has a timeline, instructions, and related forms, which will guide the student through a gradual process of producing a product. 
Pinnacle Project – Literature Review:  For each type of project, each student will complete a literature review related to the topic. The breadth and depth of the literature review should be a topic of discussion for the student and the faculty supervisor. The literature review should help the student approach the project with a scholarly base of knowledge related to the project topic. The review should be submitted with the final project, or it can be embedded in the project.

  • Sample Pinnacle Project – Research:  Explored how the political process can involve more fringe voters ❖ Examined how brick-and-mortar businesses can remain relevant in an increasingly online market 
  • Sample Pinnacle Project – Science:  Composed a series of science lesson plans involving “citizen science,” where the general public helps collect scientific data to participate in ongoing research projects ❖ Wrote a research paper on how to send humans to Mars
  • Sample Pinnacle Project – Creative:  A book of children’s nursery rhymes composed in Latin ❖ A fashion show with all pieces designed by the student ❖ Composition and performance of five original piano pieces ❖ Hosting of an art gallery of pencil sketches of the senior class ❖ Composition of an epic poem, based on ancient celtic poetry ❖ Creation and oversight of an online newspaper for CCS, with weekly articles submitted by student writers ❖ Design and publishing of a literary magazine with artwork, poetry, photography, and writing samples from the student body ❖ A short story that used elements from three well-known authors ❖ Hosting of an art show with her work and discussion of the benefits of art therapy ❖ A concert of their original music and album production with some of the songs.

National Honor Society – Service projects 

  • Red Cross and The Blood Connection blood drives 
  • Operation Christmas Child 
  • Volunteering at the Food Bank of ENC 
  • Volunteering at Special Olympics 
  • Tutoring during CCS after-school 
  • Caroling and collecting items at local nursing home 

National English Honor Society – Service projects and other opportunities 

  • Pen pals, in CCS and outside CCS. 
  • Book drive 
  • Free library in CCS and outside CCS. 
  • NEHS writing contests 
  • NEHS scholarship opportunities

Math Competitions (grades 8-12) 

  • 2018 – Eastern Regional Math Contest (ECU) – Two CCS tenth graders tied for 2nd place, one CCS tenth grader placed 2nd at State, one CCS tenth grader placed 12th at State.

Science Olympiad (grades 9-12) 

  • 2019 – CCS won the East Carolina University Stem Award 
  • 2019 – Astronomy – 3rd place 
  • Chemistry Lab – 3rd place Circuit Lab – 2nd place – Caleb Anderson and Natalie Draper (Varsity) 
  • Code Busters – 3rd place 
  • Fermi Question – 2nd place 
  • Forensics – 3rd place 
  • Herpetology – 5th place 
  • Ping Pong Parachute – 3rd place 
  • Sounds of Music – 5th place 
  • Write it Do It – 3rd place