“The solution which I am urging, is to eradicate the fatal disconnection of subjects which kills the vitality of our modern curriculum. There is only one subject-matter for education, and that is Life in all its manifestations.”

–A.N. Whitehead

January Term is an annual two-week experience after Christmas break that offers students unique educational opportunities through classes, internships, and trips that include:

  • Reflections on faith and learning
  • Aesthetic or kinesthetic learning
  • Application of academic principles
  • Student collaboration
  • Interdisciplinary exploration
  • Creative problem solving
  • Contemplative and specialized study

Our J-Term is designed to create a long-term love for learning by helping students make contact with the intrinsic value of knowledge. J-Term exists at Covenant to combat the pervading utilitarian view of education that dampens the spirit of discovery. Through specialized interdisciplinary classes, students will encounter the beautiful interconnectedness of ideas, facts, and theories. For many, J-term becomes a way of discovering passions that awaken other areas of scholarship and life.

Our J-Term trips are a vital part of our vision for students. By encountering other cultures and having experiences beyond the classroom student interest in learning becomes more real. Likewise, our internship program is designed to connect student learning with professional interests.

J-Term Courses

J-Term Schedule
8:30—8:40 Daily Devotion in Commons
8:45—11:45 Morning Classes (includes 1—2 breaks)
11:45—12:25 Lunch
12:30—3:30 Afternoon Classes (includes 1—2 breaks)
3:30 Dismissal


J-Term Internships

Internship Purpose

J-term is a great opportunity for students to experience different vocational settings and to explore areas where they may feel called before making decisions about colleges and training. Students are also given the chance to represent Covenant Christian High School in the larger community. Our desire is that each of our upperclassmen would take full advantage of this great opportunity. Students are encouraged to dream big and pursue internships anywhere in the country.


Juniors and Seniors have exciting opportunities to travel either domestically or internationally. These unique learning experiences are not replicable in the traditional classroom. J-Term trips are conceptualized, created, and offered by our faculty, staff and other members of our community.

J-Term 2022 Trips

Encouraging the Kingdom in Nicaragua (Leon and Managua, Nicaragua)

Michigan Winter Retreat (Charlevoix, MI)

NYC, a multicultural hearth (New York City, NY)

Seeing and Savoring the Holy Land: Israel 2022 (Jerusalem, Galilee, Jericho)

Proposing a Trip

Trip ideas are submitted by Covenant faculty in late January to early February, approximately one year prior to their proposed January travel dates. Approved trips are announced later in that semester.

If you are interested in leading a trip, please contact:

Applying to Travel

Because of the advanced planning required for quality travel, students are asked to commit earlier to trips than to classes or internships. A general trip application is sent to all current sophomores and juniors when proposed trips are approved. At that time, leaders of approved J-term trips will share information and raise interest in their trips both electronically and in person. 

For more information contact:

Past Domestic Trips

Atlanta – Passion  Conference with Follow-Up Class)

California – Reading Steinbeck in Steinbeck Country 

Chicago – Art, Theatre, History & Culture 

Chicago, Grand Canyon, Los Angeles – “Planes, Trains, and Vans” West Coast College Tour

Gatlinburg – Spiritual discoveries and disaster relief in the Smokies

Grand Canyon, Zion, & Bryce –  Spiritual Depth in the Grand Canyon

Houston – Hurricane Harvey Relief & Texas History

Montana – Tackling Moral Relativism in Big Sky Country

Past International Trips

East Africa – Tanzania, Kenya

Brazil – Soccer Mission through the Jesus Project 

Costa Rica – Personal Fitness  & Language Immersion (Quepos & Manuel Antonio) 

Cuba – Sports Outreach Partnership with SportQuest

England – Sketching (London, Oxford, Bath)

England – Mythology and History: A Study of English Literary Greats (London)

England & France – “A Tale of Two Cities” Tour  (London  & Paris)

England & France – “A Journey through the Wardrobe” (London, Oxford, Canterbury, Paris)

Israel – Bible History Exploration

Mexico – Medical, Outreach, and Construction Missions (Tijuana & Piedras Negras)

Mexico – Lincoln School Exchange Program (Guadalajara)

Nicaragua – Mission & Cultural Immersion  w/ Scott & Bethany (Owen, ’05)  McEwan  &  Kurtis and Carrie (Bobbitt, ’08) Moss (Leon)

Peru – Inca History & Culture (Cuzco & Machu Picchu)
Portugal – Duas Semanas em Portugal (Lisbon, Sintra, Serra, Mafra)

Spain – Adventures in Iberia (Madrid, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona, Barcelona)

Spain – Europa International School 3-Week Exchange (Seville)

Spain – Language & Culture Immersion (Seville

Spain – “The Last Great Country Left” (Pamplona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Madrid)

Spain – Spanish History Tour (Madrid, Toledo, San Lorenzo, Segovia, Barcelona, Montserrat)