About Us

The Pre-K–12 Advantage

A One School Model

As an institution that educates the early learner to the emerging adult, our community of scholars has a distinct advantage in a Pre-K through Grade 12 environment.
The Covenant School is led by a headmaster, three heads of school, and a dean of academics who ensures that the curriculum is a succinct arc across all grades.
Our curricula builds on itself from grade to grade, encouraging students to make connections across disciplines and become more sophisticated in their learning. 

Our faculty not only collaborate across departments but across campuses as well. For example, our Lower School Math Coordinator meets regularly with the Upper School Math Department Chair to ensure continuity of learning. A school play in Grade 5 prepares young thespians for the full-scale Upper School Musical held each spring.

Directors of Academic Support are available on both campuses for students requiring additional assistance. School-wide events such as Convocation and Fall Fest bring the entire student body together with their families to celebrate our community.

Meet the Senior Team

List of 6 members.

  • Photo of George Sanker

    George Sanker 

    Headmaster
    (434) 220-8122
  • Photo of Colin Anderson

    Colin Anderson 

    Head of Upper School, AP Calculus BC
    (434) 951-9360
  • Photo of John Barr

    Mack Barr 

    Director of Institutional Advancement
    (434) 220-8124
  • Photo of Jason Bennett

    Jason Bennett 

    Athletic Director
    (434) 220-8131
  • Photo of Frank Berry

    Frank Berry 

    Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer
    (434) 220-7308
  • Photo of Andrea Blount

    Andrea Blount 

    Assistant Head of Lower School
    (434) 220-7342

Senior Team (cont.)

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Spencer Burton

    Spencer Burton 

    Head of Middle School
    (434) 220-7353
  • Photo of Elizabeth Carter

    Betsy Carter 

    Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
    (434) 220-7330
  • Photo of Motana Gaffney

    Mo Gaffney 

    Head of the Lower School, Varsity Mens Tennis Coach
    (434) 220-7313
  • Photo of Bryan Verbrugge

    Bryan Verbrugge 

    Theology Dept. Chair, Chaplain 6-12, Theology 12: Christ & Humanity, Apologetics, Soccer Coach
    (434) 220-7354
  • Photo of William Zimmerman

    Bill Zimmerman 

    Academic Dean; Humanities: Western Thought 3
    (434) 220-8103

The Covenant School

Birdwood Campus | Lower School | Pre-K–Grade 5 |
1000 Birdwood Road Charlottesville, VA 22903 | 434.220.7309

Hickory Campus | Middle and Upper School | Grades 6–12 | 175 Hickory Street Charlottesville, VA 22902 | 434.220.7329
Located in Charlottesville, VA, The Covenant School is a non-denominational, private, Christian day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, visual and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.