Admissions

The Covenant School exists to glorify God by equipping students with the tools necessary to pursue a lifetime of learning so that they may discern, reason, and defend truth in service to our Lord, Jesus Christ.  We believe the classical model in general and The Covenant School in particular is the very best way to educate the whole child to that end.  We also know that finding the right school for your student and your family can be a daunting task. If the values and vision you’re reading about on this website compel you, we encourage you to take the next step.  Our Admissions process is thorough and thoughtful seeking the best for both your student and our school. We recognize this is one of the biggest decisions of your child’s life, and we are here to help you navigate through this process. We hope to meet you soon!

Melissa Hill
Director of Admissions

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

1.  GETTING STARTED
For most families, the application process begins through an introduction to our school.  You may have heard about us from friends, family, fellow church members, or perhaps you located us online or simply drove by our campus.  To learn more about our school and community, we recommend attending one of our Open Houses held each October and January to get a comprehensive look at our K-12 program, with our faculty available for questions. If time does not allow for our Open Houses, we welcome you to contact our offices to schedule a tour.
 
2.  SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION
Applications for the 2018/2019 academic year will go live November 1, 2017.  Your admissions file is opened once we receive a completed application and the application fee of $100.  For each applicant we also require a teacher recommendation form,  student academic records for the current and previous school year, and the online application found here.
 
3.  UNDERSTANDING COVENANT
We want your family to fully embrace our classical Christian program.  In order to make the most of your partnership with us, it is important to understand our educational philosophy and the history behind it.  With every application packet, you are given a booklet titled "Understanding Classical Education."  We encourage both parents to read this publication. Those who would like to learn more about our philosophy of education can do so by reading Douglas Wilson's book Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning and Susan Schaeffer Macaulay's For the Children's Sake.
 
4.  TESTING
Kindergarten and 1st Grade - Evaluation is in two parts.  The first is the CATS testing (Collaborative Academic Testing Service) at www.catstexas.com.  These results will be reported to us by CATS and you have the option to share your student's scores with other schools to which you are applying.  Testing is scheduled directly with CATS at www.catstexas.com.  The second part is an observation time at Covenant on January 20, 2018. 
 
2nd-4th Grades - Evaluation is in two parts.  The first is the CATS testing (Collaborative Academic Testing Service) at www.catstexas.com.  These results will be reported directly to us by CATS and you have the option to share your student's scores with other schools to which you are applying.  Testing is scheduled directly with CATS at www.catstexas.com.  The second part is a classroom visit and will be scheduled by the admissions office separately. 
 
5th-12th Grades - Evaluation is in two parts. Applicants take the ISEE (Independence School Entrance Exam). Testing is scheduled online with ISEE.  These results will be reported to us by ISEE and you have the option to share your student's scores with other schools to which you are applying.  The second is a classroom visit and will be scheduled by the admissions office separately.  You can identify testing dates and locations at www.iseetest.org.  Covenant administers this test two times during the year.  Other testing times may be available.  Check with the admissions office if posted testing dates are not feasible.  
 
5.  THE INTERVIEW
The family or parent interview is a vital part of the admissions process.  Once all paperwork and testing is complete, the admissions office will schedule an interivew with both parents and students applying to grades E-12.  The interview provides a time for us to get to know one another more personally and an opportunity for you to ask questions.
 
6.  FINANCIAL AID
Admissions at The Covenant School are "need-blind" meaning we do not take finances into account during the admission process.  Financial aid must be applied for separately through FAST (Financial Aid for Student Tuition) and may be done concurrently with the application.  Financial aid is granted on the basis of need as determined by Covenant's evalaution of the report from FAST and the parents' 2016 federal income tax returns, and awards are given out after admission.
 
7.  TIMING
Ideally, the process begins in the fall of the academic year prior to the year your student hopes to attend.  Applications for the 2018/2019 school year are due by January 19, 2018 for decision notifications in early-March.  All paperwork, interviews and testing must be complete by mid-February.  After priority admissions are complete, applications are accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis and spaces are offered to qualified students as available.  If an applicant and family are found to be admissible but no space is available at that time you have the option of remaining in a waiting pool to be considered should a spot become available.