Covenant High School scored fifth in the nation on the Classic Learning Test’s (CLT) 2020 top 25 high school rankings. Since 2016, over 1,200 schools across the nation have taken the CLT. The CLT is a new popular alternative to the SAT and ACT and is accepted by over 180 colleges nationally. The CLT focuses on classic works of literature, grammar, and analytical thinking skills.
Principal David Miller commented on the achievement, “We are humbled and honored to score in the top five nationally among so many stellar schools around the country. Even more importantly, we are grateful there is a new standardized test that focuses on classic literature and analytical skills. This fits beautifully with our Christian, Classical, College Preparatory curriculum.”
Covenant High School students take the CLT each spring, and Covenant serves as an official testing site for students in the community. Covenant High School has a long tradition of preparing students for college with over thirty percent of the student body scoring in the top 10% of students in Washington State over the last five years. Students interested in more information on the CLT or taking the next test may visit www.cltexam.com.
To see the CLT’s full list of top 25 high schools’ national rankings, click here.August 25, 2020
Covenant High School is proud to announce that 33% of its 2020 graduates received the Washington State Honors Award. This award recognizes students that have graduated in the top 10% of the State of Washington using unique criteria that gives equal weight to GPA and test scores.
Washington State Honors were awarded to the following Covenant High School graduates. Their post-graduate plans and scholarships are included.
August 19, 2020
In spring 2020, Covenant High School had twelve students participate in the AP Calculus exam and six students participate in the AP Statistics exam. These exams require extensive concept review. This year, AP students prepared for these exams while engaging in online learning after the statewide school closure.
A ‘3’ is considered passing.
August 10, 2020
Savannah Guenzi was attending Heritage Christian School in Lakewood when she heard about Covenant from friends like Peyton Gomez. The oldest in her family, she had been looking at other local high schools, trying to make a decision about her 9th grade year. Upon looking into Covenant, Savannah said a few things stuck out to her: the environment, the friendly teachers, the unique schedule, and the literature the students were reading.
“It seemed like a challenging school and I really wanted that,” Savannah said. “I didn’t want high school to be easy; I wanted to be prepared for college. Covenant has definitely done that.”
Like most college-bound students, Savannah began looking at colleges and preparing for the SAT in her junior year. She remembers taking the SAT and being able to answer questions she specifically learned and prepared for while at Covenant. One section was on a book she had already read in class. Scoring higher than she expected, she said it “went smoothly thanks to Covenant mostly.”
In the past four years, Savannah has gotten to know her teachers well through classes, student life events, and leadership roles. She has served on Student Council, Honor Society, and her senior year, became Covenant’s Ambassador Director, leading other students in fostering an inclusive, welcoming environment.
Savannah has also been vice president, then president, of Covenant’s debate team, an after-school club. From learning and researching a topic, to coming up with arguments, to meeting different and smart people who know how to integrate Christ into their arguments, debate has been helpful in learning how the world works. It’s a life skill, she said. Savannah said it has been engaging to look at the world through the eyes of a Christian and see things that can be fixed and how they should be fixed.
This experience will prove valuable, as Savannah plans to attend Regent University and become a prosecuting attorney for criminal law, where she wants to incorporate her faith.
“Covenant definitely helped me because I got into my number one choice: Regent University,” said Savannah. In addition to being accepted to her top choice, she was invited to Scholars Weekend, where every student walks away with an annual scholarship. She was also invited to Honors College, which allows her to major in English and automatically minor in Biblical Studies. Participating in the 3in3 program, she will spend three years in her major/minor then go straight into their law program.
While Savannah has a bright new chapter before her, her four years at Covenant were not free of struggle. Sophomore year, Savannah said she was diagnosed with depression and anxiety.
“Being at Covenant though has really helped me to know that I am loved and I can do something to help the world,” Savannah said. “God can use me no matter what I do.” She reflects on hearing teachers apply Biblical knowledge in her classes, relating their subjects to Scripture. They reminded her that God created everything, and we should glorify Him in everything we do, she said.
“Covenant is a place where you learn but also learn about God.” Savannah said it is a community of people who genuinely love God. Seeing her peers grow in Christ is proof to her that Covenant really does help people grow in their faith, she said.June 26, 2020
Although Quinn Sukhia is the oldest of four, he was not the first in his family to attend Covenant. Since Covenant was founded in 1992, it has graduated nearly 600 students. Quinn’s mother, Noel, was one of the first.
Quinn attended Lighthouse Christian School for his elementary years, homeschooled, then finished eighth grade at Springfield Classical Elementary. Like most of his classmates and friends at the time, he attended Covenant High School.
“If I had one thing to say to freshman me it would be to be confident in who you are,” said Quinn. As a senior, Quinn is the Director of Communications for both Covenant’s Student Council and Honor Society. He is part of a tight-knit class who has “been a band of brothers since the beginning.” He reflects on his freshman year, how he met new people, expanded his horizons, and learned from a variety of teachers and techniques. Mr. Hannula was a faculty member that immediately impacted Quinn.
“He’s amazing,” said Quinn, though intimidating at first. Quinn remembers being so nervous for his first history exam that he accidentally turned in his test in the wrong slot, twice. He still remembers Mr. Hannula shaking his head but joking about it during the next class period.
Quinn also recalls his first speech classes, a four-year requirement at Covenant. Though potentially daunting for a freshman, “I learned how to speak well and [speech class has] been a great help to me and I’ve learned how to have fun with it and enjoy it,” Quinn said. Being a classical, college preparatory high school, Covenant’s curriculum is intentionally designed to equip a student for their life after graduation.
“You can rely on the classes,” said Quinn. “You can know that this class is going to get you somewhere…Senior year you think, ‘I know this is gonna benefit me…this is gonna help me in college.’”
After graduation, Quinn plans to become a pilot via LeTourneau University, but he also developed a passion for graphic design thanks to Miss Battle, her artwork, and “and just how she’s encouraged me along,” Quinn said. At Covenant, students are encouraged to pursue their unique calling and learn more about themselves in order to make wise decisions surrounding post-graduation plans.
“You learn where to put effort in, what to work towards, what’s more important for you,” said Quinn. “You learn your strengths and your weaknesses.” Quinn learned he was gifted in art and was taught to push onward to increase his skill.
He also recognizes how Covenant has shaped his faith. “In every class, I’ve noticed that [teachers] try to…implement faith inside,” said Quinn. He also reflects on how history class, though academically challenging, has strengthened his faith. “You have to see how God shaped our world and how it all runs together like a big puzzle,” Quinn said. “[Covenant has] definitely changed my faith.”
When asked how Quinn would describe Covenant, he said, “I would talk about the friendship you get and the ties to teachers and the personal growth you feel between people. The Bible says iron sharpens iron just as friends sharpen friends and you grow – you definitely grow – at Covenant and that’s one thing I like about it,” said Quinn. “I’m a better person than I was because I went to Covenant.”June 26, 2020
Destyne Daheim was attending public school when she went on a mission trip to Uganda. When she returned, she realized she wanted to be in a school where she was surrounded by like-minded kids her age, who had the same values and were serious about growing in their faith, she said. “Somewhere I could grow,” she said.
After Destyne’s cousin introduced her to Covenant, she visited and could see how important it was that Christ was involved in a student’s week. For example, she appreciated that every week ended with Chapel in a beautiful Sanctuary. Destyne said that going to public school and private school was a night and day difference, not due to size or curriculum, but the environment.
“…I think as high schoolers we need some stability and firmness, especially in our faith…” said Destyne. “I found that to be heavily presented at Covenant which is something I really liked as well.”
Though she said it was nerve-wracking to transfer into a new school as a junior, the Girls Discipleship Group became her staple, she said. The Girls Discipleship Group is one of several after-school clubs that Covenant offers.
“[The Girls Discipleship Group was] somewhere I could go and connect with these girls and talk about Christ,” said Destyne. She felt support, knowing that she had faith-driven girls to turn to, pray with, and help her look at things how Christ would.
A successful student-athlete, Destyne swims for Washington High School. She has made varsity for all four years, won the Coach’s Award and MVP Award multiple times, and made it to districts the past two years in both individual and team relay events. She holds four records for Washington High School.
“I’m a very driven person,” she said. “If I feel passionate about something, then I work hard to either achieve it or to speak out about it.” It is this passion that has led her to become an accomplished student-athlete but also pursue her faith. “If everything was stripped away, I think you would see the Lord,” Destyne said. “The blessings and the joy I have now is all because of Him.”
Outside of school and swimming for WHS, Destyne enjoys being a swim instructor for the Lakewood YMCA, working with kids ages 4-13. This experience along with Covenant’s English class has inspired her to become a teacher one day.
“I felt that in [English] I was getting an all-around education as far as…not just curriculum but how to grow with Christ,” Destyne said. Destyne says she has learned a lot from Mrs. Tamminga’s English class – about different authors, types of writing, how to apply English concepts to her faith – but the main thing has been passion. Next year, Destyne plans to attend the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio and pursue a bachelor’s in education so she can teach middle school English.
Although her Covenant journey has been a couple of years shorter than most, Destyne has grown academically and spiritually in what she considers a mature, welcoming, friendly community.
“If you’re looking to be both academically challenged but also encouraged and supported, [Covenant] is the perfect school,” Destyne said. “The staff is supportive, pushes you to be the best you can be, and always directs you towards Christ.”
“For me, if I was still at public school my junior year, I would be down a different path right now,” said Destyne. “I was driven to find a better education for myself and I didn’t stop until I found Covenant.”June 26, 2020