Admissions

How to Apply

Our Admissions Team is Here for YOU!

We know applying to a new school can feel overwhelming. Our Admissions Team at Covenant is here to help you navigate through the process. To get started, please follow the steps below. 

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  • Step 1: Visit the School

    Prospective parents and students are warmly invited to schedule a tour of one or both campuses. Please schedule a tour by calling or emailing the Admissions Office. You may also like to attend an Open House—a time to meet administrators and observe classes in session.

    CONTACT THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE TO SCHEDULE A TOUR OR STUDENT VISIT:

    Birdwood Campus
    Lower School
    Pre-K through 5

    Catherine McFarland, Lower School Admissions Director
    434-220-8125
    cmcfarland@covenantschool.org

    Hickory Campus
    Upper and Middle Schools  
    Grades 6 through 12

    Betsy Carter, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
    434-220-7330
    bcarter@covenantschool.org

  • Step 2: Submit Application

    How to Apply Online

    OnCampus is the platform through which we track the admission process for applicants. It is also where you will find our online Application for AdmissionWhile the first round application deadlines have passed for both campuses, we are still accepting applications on a rolling basis and will make decisions pending applicant qualifications and space availability. The Application for Admission for the 2020-21 school year opens September 1, 2019. Families are encouraged to apply by the application deadline of January 31, 2020

    Current Covenant families should use their onCampus information to log in.

    If you are applying without having previously inquired, you will need to create an account. Parents who have previously inquired within the past year already have an onCampus username. You will need to retrieve this username and then create a password.

    • Go to onCampus.
    • To obtain your login information, click "Forgot login or First time logging in?"
    • Enter the email address that you used in the inquiry stage and check the “Username” and “Password” boxes.
    • You will receive two follow-up emails. One (subject line: “Username Request”) will provide you with your username. The other (subject line: “Password Request URL”) will provide instructions on setting a password.

    To complete an Application for Admission, login to onCampus.
    • Click on your child's name in the top left corner.
    • View the “Checklist” under “Admissions Progress.”
    • Click the “Fill Out” button to start the online application.

    For assistance, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@covenantschool.org.
     
  • Step 3: Submit Transcript Release Form and Recommendation Forms to Current School

    Once an application has been received, someone in the Admissions Office will contact you with the necessary paperwork for the next steps in the process.

    The Transcript Release Form (Grades 1–12) should be signed and submitted to the applicant’s current school no earlier than December 1. Teacher Recommendation Forms for students applying to Pre-K through Grade 12 should be submitted to the applicant’s current school no earlier than December 1 and should be returned directly to The Covenant School Admissions Office. Two recommendations forms are required for students applying for admission to Grades 6–12. Homeschooled students must also complete the Addendum Form.
  • Step 4: Participate in Admissions Testing

    Lower School
    Individual and group evaluations are scheduled through the Admissions Office for Lower School applicants and take about 1.5 hours to complete.

    Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten applicants will participate in a one-hour School Readiness session, which will include both individual and group activities. The Head of Lower School will conduct an Admissions presentation for parents while their children are in their evaluation groups.

    Middle School
    Middle School applicants are evaluated during scheduled appointments on the Hickory Campus.  This admissions testing takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

    Upper School
    Upper School applicants may submit PSAT, SAT, PACT, ACT, or SSAT scores for consideration.  Applicants without these scores are required to take the ERBs during a scheduled appointment on the Hickory Campus as part of the admission process.
     
  • Step 5: Student Visit

    Applicants to Grades 1–5 are required to spend a day shadowing one of our current students in their current grade level. Admissions testing may be conducted on the day of the student visit or may be scheduled for another day. Non-local applicants should contact the Admissions Office for alternative arrangements.

    Students entering grades 6-12 are also required to spend a day attending classes. Visitors are assigned a host to shadow during the day, giving them an opportunity to meet students and teachers and to find out first-hand what makes Covenant distinct.
  • Step 6: Student Interview (Middle and Upper Schools only)

    The student interview is an important part of the application process for Middle and Upper School applicants. This interview will be scheduled individually with the appropriate Head of School and/or another member of the Admissions Committee. It will last approximately 30 minutes.
The Admissions Committee sends first-round decision letters and Enrollment Contracts by late February for applicants to Pre-K and K and early March for applicants to Grades 1–12.

For questions about the application process, please contact
admissions@covenantschool.org.
 

Admission Decision

The Admissions Committee sends first round decision letters and Enrollment Contracts by mid-February for applicants to Pre-K and K and early March for applicants to Grades 1–12. There is a rolling admissions process throughout the rest of the year based on space availability in each grade.

The Covenant School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, nationality, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid awards, or athletic and other school-related programs.

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.