With Freedom Comes Responsibility

In their transition to the Upper School, young men and women discover that freedom and responsibility go hand-in-hand. Middle School students are asked what kind of person they intend to become: What will motivate their decisions and choices? How will they use their energy and resources for the good of others? How will they develop the habits of their hearts and why?

In addition to growing academically, Covenant’s middle schoolers have many opportunities to build relationships and mature socially. Grade-level trips to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and an Eighth Grade dessert and dance with parents build connections during these formative years. Students’ emerging gifts and leadership skills are displayed during the annual Science Fair, Spelling Bee, and Arts performances.

Middle School faculty, gifted in teaching adolescents, provide an appropriate level of support, encouragement, and advocacy.

Meet the Middle School Director

Spencer Burton has served at The Covenant School since 2000. After graduating from James Madison University with an M.Ed. in 1996, Spencer taught in public school systems in Georgia and Virginia. Since coming to The Covenant School, Spencer has served in many roles including Interim Head of School, Director of Student Life, and currently as the Head of Hickory Campus. As Middle School Director, Spencer oversees student life and special activities for Grades 6-8.

Why 5th?

A Day in the Life of a Sixth Grader

Middle Schoolers are developing their abstract and critical thinking skills, providing many ‘lightbulb’ moments when they make connections between subjects.

The Covenant School

Birdwood Campus | Lower School | Pre-K–Grade 5 |
1000 Birdwood Road Charlottesville, VA 22903 | 434.220.7309

Hickory Campus | Middle and Upper School | Grades 6–12 | 175 Hickory Street Charlottesville, VA 22902 | 434.220.7329
Located in Charlottesville, VA, The Covenant School is a non-denominational, private, Christian day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, visual and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.