Charlottesville, Virginia, is a very special place, with a small town feel and world class appeal. Students attending The Covenant School are fortunate to have the resources of Charlottesville, surrounding Albemarle County, and the University of Virginia available to them.
Along with neoclassical architecture and early American history, Charlottesville, population 45,000, offers bountiful cultural and outdoor opportunities. The cultural scene revolves principally around two points: the University of Virginia and the Historic Downtown Mall. A major cultural center for central Virginia, Charlottesville features more fine dining, shopping, and entertainment than one might expect for a town of its size. As for the surrounding country, the Blue Ridge Mountains west of town boast scenic drives and hard-core hiking trails, while horse farms and prize-winning vineyards checker the foothills.
Charlottesville is best known as the home of both the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson, and Monticello, Jefferson’s renowned mountain-top home which overlooks the city. The University of Virginia provides access to a bounty of public events, speakers, performances, exhibits, lectures, and films. Tourists and visitors are increasingly attracted to the area’s growing wine industry as well as to the increasing number of festivals and world-class entertainment. Charlottesville offers close proximity to both the Shenandoah National Park and Washington, D.C.
Consistently earning high marks as a desirable place to live, Charlottesville has appeared on top-ten lists of cities published by Money, Forbes, and Kiplinger’s magazines, as well as the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2004, Charlottesville was ranked the best place to live in the U.S. based on cost of living, climate, and quality of life in Cities Ranked and Rated by Bert Sperling and Peter Sanders. The area is served by four airlines at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport and by Amtrak.