Christ Covenant making plans to expand to high school by 2023 – Northside Sun

Christ Covenant School (CCS) opened in 2002 to Pre-K through eighth grade students, but recently announced it will be granting the wishes of many parents and expanding to include a high school.

After years of consideration, the CCS Board of Trustees and Administration believes now is the time that they have been called to add a ninth through 12th grade edition to their school. The school posted on their website that it will offer a Christ-centered, Biblical worldview oriented education with rigorous academics and opportunities for the students to grow spiritually and academically, as well as in missions, leadership, arts, athletics, technology and more.

“There has long been a desire to add a high school, and school leaders have wrestled with the question for a long time,” Richard Henley, CCS Director of Advancement said. “The timing is right now as facilities, funding, and more have fallen into place for us to add the additional grades.”

The school currently has 399 students with a cap of 400. The high school will add 200 student spots — staying a smaller sized school. Instead of students leaving the school after eighth grade to attend a variety of schools in the Jackson area, including public, Hartfield, Jackson Academy, Jackson Prep, Madison Ridgeland Academy, the students will soon be able to move just to the adjacent property at 411 Northpark Drive. It is currently under the process of renovation and will be expanded into the high school facility.

“CCS offers a distinctly Christ-centered, Biblical worldview oriented education, and we are excited to further equip students through their high school years. Someone is impacting our kids for eternity, and we continue to ask, ‘Why shouldn’t it be us?’,” Henley said.

CCS received a lead gift of $2 million for phase one of the project and it is already at work creating the classroom space. The school will soon be starting fundraising for the additional projects for classroom activities and athletics.

Located in Ridgeland, the school is excited to continue to give back to the community by furthering the impact on the students throughout high school.

“We are investing in the community’s young people and equipping them for the future, but we are also giving them opportunities to serve the community,” Henley said.

Henley said they start this servant-mindset at the earliest of ages at the school through partnering with great retirement communities throughout Ridgeland to visit and encourage residents. The school expansion will allow them to give more serving opportunities to the students as they grow, including missions on a local and national level.

“We look forward to expanding our outreach through high school years,” Henley said.

But of all the things the school is most excited about with the new high school, one stands out.

“There are so many things to look forward to with this project, but telling our families ‘Yes!’ was probably the most exciting,” Henley said. “They have asked for this for a long time.”

The new classroom space is anticipated to open in August of 2023. The high school will grow by adding one grade each year — starting with just ninth grade. However, Henley said consideration to current eighth graders will be given to determine the feasibility of offering a ninth grade class within our current structure and program in August of next year.

To get involved, the school is asking for prayer as well as visiting the campus for a tour and considering a donation to support the addition of the high school. To donate, contact Henley at rhenley@ccs.ms or give online at www.ccs.ms.