It is an awful lot of homework, but going into CLS, everyone should have a pretty good idea of what to expect. If you're able to get into the school, you are going to be able to handle the homework and maybe even some extra curriculars.
When you register for CLS, you have to know what you're getting into. Rigorous coursework, and hours upon hours of homework are to be expected. In order to do well a student must be fully dedicated to academic excellence. Slackers will be gone by sophomore year. Overall, it's a great school, it's just not for everyone.
Unfortunately, Covington Latin School loses 1/3 of its students between freshman and senior years. Some leave on their own, others are told to leave. It's not the work itself that is too hard, it's the workload. It is just not manageable for some kids to do 4+ hours of homework each night. I also don't think the administration realizes how crushing it is to a young teen to fail in high school. Instead of bringing in more students at a younger age, the school needs to take care of the students who are there.
It's a challenging school, very heavy workload and sink or swim atmosphere. They recruit smart kids, but the program is not individualized, so smart kids can and do fail and there is no meaningful remedial help. If I had it to do over again, I would send my child elsewhere; too much pressure and stress for young kids in my opinion.
Not every student is cut out for Covington Latin School. It is a challenging school with a high attrition rate. The students graduate high school at a very young age - 15 - 17 years which shows that they take care of a special group of kids. All of my children went to CLS. Two decided to leave after a year or two, and two graduated from the school. I cannot find blame for my two children who decided to leave CLS because the teachers are very attentive to the students' needs and give many opportunities for success.