Profile of CCA


Covenant Christian Academy (CCA) is a PreK–12 classical and Christian school founded in 1997 by parents interested in giving their children a challenging Christian education based on the medieval model of the trivium.**

Student Body:  We typically have about 230 students enrolled at CCA, including approximately 15 international students. Our students come from all areas of Harrisburg and its surrounding suburban and rural areas.  

Organizational Structure:  Board governed, administratively operated, parent supported

Academic Emphasis:  Classical, college-preparatory

Curriculum:  Upper school students take two courses in Logic, which is then integrated into their study of all subjects. They also complete three courses in Rhetoric, applying their study of eloquent speech and writing to assignments in other courses and to the presentation and defense of their senior theses. Integration between subjects is emphasized, as well as the application of a biblical worldview to all areas of study. Students are taught Latin and Spanish.

School Atmosphere:  Orderly, peaceful, enthusiastic, warm

Average Class Size: 14- 18 (Kindergarten); 18-24 (grades 1-6); 16-24 (grades 7-12)

Administrative Structure:  Headmaster, Upper School Dean, Grammar School Dean, and Dean of Early Education.

School Membership and Accreditation:  CCA retains membership in The Association of Classical and Christian Schools and has candidacy for accreditation through the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges.

Number of Churches Represented:  Over 50

Athletic Programs:  Cross-Country, boys and girls (grades 7-12); Boys Soccer (grades 7-12); Boys Basketball (grades 6-12); Girls Basketball (grades 6-12); Girls Volleyball (grades 6-12); Girls Soccer (6-12); Intramural Sports Program (K-12)

Special Programs/Electives:  CCA offers a variety of electives for our students.  Electives have included Hiking, Greek, Debate, Military History, School Newspaper, Choir, Chorus, Guitar, Painting, Drawing, Drama, Culinary Arts, Poetry, Tolkien Studies, Self-Defense, Conversational Chinese, Jazz Guitar, Computer Programming, Electronics, Economics.

Tuition and Financial Aid:Tuition rates for next year are available here: 2014-2015 tuition schedule. Scholarships are available and are awarded annually, for more information, visit our financial aid page. 

Facility:  CCA moved to its current campus in September 2009 on 24 acres of hilltop land.  Our new building offers spacious classrooms, cafeteria, music room, art room, science lab, an elevator and more.  

Transportation:  Most public school districts will transport students to CCA so long as the edge of the bussing district is within ten miles from campus (by publicly maintained roadways). Districts currently busing students to CCA include Central Dauphin, Lower Dauphin, Susquehanna, Derry Township, Steelton-Highspire, Middletown, Harrisburg, East Pennsboro, Susquenita, West Shore, Mechanicsburg, Lebanon and Cumberland Valley.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (Highest Average of Harrisburg Area High Schools)

Recent National Merit Awards

Class of 2005 (six graduates)        Letter of Commendation: 1       Finalist: 2

Class of 2007 (eight graduates)     Letter of Commendation: 2       Scholar: 1

Class of 2009 (four graduates)                                                  Finalist: 1

Class of 2010 (six graduates)        Letter of Commendation 1        Finalist: 1

Class of 2011 (sixteen graduates)  Letter of Commendation: 3       Semi-Finalist: 2

Class of 2012 (ten graduates)       Letter of Commendation: 2       Scholar: 1

Class of 2014 (sixteen graduates)  Letter of Commendation: 3

National Merit Winners

Students Awarded  a Letter of Commendation

CCA– 33%

National – 4%

Students Awarded as Finalist

CCA – 13%

National – 1.2%

Students Awarded as Scholars

CCA – 5%

National – .1%

Required Reading List for Upper School Literature Classes

Epic of Gilgamesh                         The Iron Ring                          Bhagavad-Gita

The Good Earth                            Tales of Ancient Egypt           Huckleberry Finn

Robinson Crusoe                          Republic                                   The Roman Way

The Twelve Caesars                     The Iliad                                   The Odyssey

Julius Caesar                               Quo Vadis                                 The Oresteia

Sophocles: Three Theban Plays     Macbeth                                    Beowulf                                      

Ivanhoe                                    Confessions of Augustine          Song of Roland 

Canterbury Tales                        Great Expectations                   Heart of Darkness         

Jane Eyre                                  Gulliver’s Travels                       Hamlet   

Pilgrim’s Progress                      Silas Marner                              Out of the Silent Planet            

Pride and Prejudice                   The Scarlet Letter                       Uncle Tom’s Cabin    

The Last of the Mohicans          My Antonia                                 The Jungle                         

The Great Gatsby                      Cry, the Beloved Country          1984                                     

Brave New World                      The Grand Inquisitor                 The American                        

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich                                      A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Frankenstein                             Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde               As You Like It                       

Waiting for Godot                    Death of a Salesman

Selections from:                        

Norton Anthology of Poetry    

Norton Anthology of American Literature

Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces

CCA Graduates Have Been Accepted at the Following Colleges

Art Academy of Cincinnati                         Boston College                         Covenant College                        

Drexel University (Honors College)            Duke University                        Eastern College                        

East Stroudsburg University                       Edinboro University                   Fordham University                                     

Georgetown University                              Gordon College                        Grove City College

Hillsdale College                                        Houghton College                   Loyola University                 

Maryland Institute College of Arts              Messiah College                       Millersville University        

North Park University                                Northeastern University             Penn State Honors 

Penn State University (Harrisburg)              Ringling College of Art and Design

Rochester Institute of Technology               Savannah College of Art and Design                                           

Slippery Rock University                            St. Joseph’s University              University of the Arts               

University of Delaware                               University of Pennsylvania         

University of Pittsburgh (Honors College)   University of Virginia                  Ursinus College

Villanova University                                  Washington and Jefferson          Washington and Lee

Williams College                                       York College

**The trivium includes three stages of education: grammar, dialectic and rhetoric. During the Grammar stage, approximately K to 6th grades, students learn information set to music, rhymes or chants, have extensive training in English grammar, and begin to learn Spanish. The Dialectic stage encompasses 7th to 9th grades and is characterized by discussion and debate in all subjects. Their formal training in Logic is expected to be applied in all areas of study. Grades 10–12 make up the Rhetoric stage which emphasizes eloquent writing and speech. Students examine both historical and contemporary pieces of writing and oratory for structure, style and effectiveness. They are expected to apply the study of rhetoric to their work in all other courses.