January 6, 2021 – Beginning in the Fall of 2021, Covenant Christian School will merge with Calvary Chapel Academy on the Melbourne campus.
“Over the years, CCA has shared a very symbiotic relationship with Covenant Christian School (CCS),” said CCA’s Head of School Tim Flay. “In addition to sharing academic insight and Christian education ministry vision, we have often shared information relative to resources, curriculum, policies, and procedures that help Christian education flourish in our county.”
Covenant Christian School has faced diverse challenges over the years, and in January of 2020 officially launched as an independent organization from Covenant Church. With the changes related to independence for CCS, leadership turned to research and financial modeling to find an economically viable option to house the Covenant Christian School. After extensive searching and discussion, senior leadership at both Covenant and Calvary believe embracing a merger of the two schools will strengthen each and preserve Christian high school education in Brevard County.
“While my heart is heavy that this is our final year on this campus, I am thankful that God’s work will continue and that we can preserve a Christian high school option while providing for our elementary students as well,” said CCS Head of School Shannon Schrope. “Also, I am personally thankful that this option will allow many of our faculty members to continue to teach and work in a Christian school environment. We are working together with the leadership team at CCA to bring over as many CCS teachers and staff as possible.”
With the merger, Calvary extends to a Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade Christian Academy. Beginning in January 2021, families and faculty from Covenant will have the opportunity to participate in the admissions and interview process into CCA.
“Throughout the remainder of this school year, Calvary and Covenant look toward what God has in store as we forge a partnership and learn one another’s school cultures,” said Flay.
“We are excited about the new possibilities that this opens for our students including elementary sports, new upper school athletic options, new electives, and more,” said Schrope. “But much will feel familiar, with many of the teachers you have come to love. The CCA administration is excited to work with us and to understand and maintain some of what makes CCS such a special place to learn and grow.”
The leadership at both Covenant and Calvary are committed to preserving Covenant Christian School’s legacy and providing Christian education for the community.
Calvary Chapel Academy is located at 2955 Minton Road in West Melbourne