Advancing the Mission

For Future Generations

Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions a parent will ever make, and we are grateful you believe Covenant’s program of academic rigor and spiritual formation will equip your son or daughter for college and beyond. We also hope you will take time to consider thoughtfully the needs of the school, and the role you can play in advancing the mission.

At most independent schools, tuition covers most of the basic costs of educating students each year. However, there is a gap between actual costs and what parents pay. The reason is simple: If schools charged the full amount to educate each student, many families would not be able to afford it. Instead, the gap is made up through fundraising. At Covenant, the Annual Auction, restricted giving, and the Covenant Fund bridge the gap. These donations are used to pay for instructional materials, technology tools, professional development for our faculty, and many other things needed to operate the school day to day.

There is a large community of generous people who choose to invest in your child’s education each year, including our Board of Directors, school personnel, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, and friends. Through the Covenant Fund, Auction, restricted giving, and scholarship giving, Covenant receives donations for totaling nearly $1 million each year.
We are humbled and blessed by God’s provision through the generosity of everyone in the Covenant family, and we ask you to remember three things as you make your gift to the Covenant Fund:

  1. A gift of any amount helps us reach our goals. Our dollars combined help to make Covenant a strong, prosperous school.
  2. Giving annually enables us to budget wisely and sustain the many blessings your child now enjoys at Covenant.
  3. Increasing your giving incrementally each year enables Covenant to improve programs and facilities even more. 

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Why does Covenant ask for donations?

    Covenant is a non-profit organization that relies upon both tuition and fundraising to meet operating costs and strengthen programs and facilities. Fundraising not only enables Covenant to keep tuition down, it allows others to support your child’s education. In addition to parents, we ask grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni and friends to donate each year.
  • Q. Why does the Covenant Fund matter so much?

    The Covenant Fund is a pool of dollars raised annually to cover necessities for the current school year. When parents and other donors give loyally year after year, it enables the school to budget well. When you increase your giving, the budget expands so that tuition can be kept as low as possible.
  • Q. How much should I give?

    Give as God leads you! More than the size of your gift is the vote of confidence your gift represents and the cumulative impact of all donations pooled together. When more parents donate, the school is positioned better to receive grants from foundations that naturally want to see you donating to the school your child attends.
  • Q. How much money is needed for the Covenant Fund?

    The goal for the 2021-22 school year is $250,000.

Meet the Advancement Team

List of 6 members.

  • Photo of John Barr

    Mack Barr 

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

    Becky Bennett 

    Advancement Associate
    (434) 951-9378
  • Photo of Sharon Campbell

    Sharon Campbell 

    Assistant to Director of Institutional Advancement
    (434) 220-8118
  • Photo of Lydia Warren

    Lydia Warren 

    Marketing and Communications Manager
  • Photo of John Collmus

    John Collmus 

    Theology 10: Christ and Our Questions, Alumni Relations Coordinator
    (434) 220-7336
  • Photo of Jeff Kildea

    Jeff Kildea 

    Marketing and Communications Associate
    (434) 220-8127

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.