it is a great school. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an innovative school experience for their child
I am about to graduate from the University of Michigan and I attribute a great deal of my academic success in high school and college to my experience at Covington. I had six years of exceptional teachers and high-level academic enrichment. In addition to the quality of academic preparation, I've found many of the friendships I formed in my first years at BCS have continued through high school and beyond. Covington is a unique place and I hope others find it as valuable as I did.
I have 2 kids at Bcs. They have been very challenged academically. They have lots of opportunities to excel in specific areas. The parents are very involved. The pool and wind mill are great assets too.
Well i went to Derby middle school for 6th grade and hated it so i Switch to BCS for 7th and 8th grade. All i can say is that I had the best two years of my life at BCS the teachers care about your success and at least in my grade there weren't really clicks as much as groups of friends and they were all very accepting. The other thing that bothers me is how mothers say i dont want my 3rd grade daughter in the same school as an 8th grade boys because they will hit on her. thats a TOTAL lie there is almost not interaction with the younger kids unless you see your siblings in the halls and the only other interaction is through the teachers. I hope that High school can be as good as BCS because they really prepared me for the Future!
Covington is a great school that is great with tecnoligy and is very different in a good way.
I went to Covington from third through eighth grade, and it prepared me amazingly well for High School. Currently, because of Covington, I'm taking three Honors classes, and I'm in advanced math and language. Yes, Covington prepared me well for the academic portion of high school. However, it did also prepare me for the social aspect of high school. In my freshman year, I knew significantly less people than everybody else, coming from a smaller school, but kids in the Birmingham high schools (especially at Groves) are especially outgoing, and I was easily accepted into a group of new and old friends. All I had to do was take a step, give a smile, and wriggle out of my shell a bit.
I thought this school would be better but it is not what I expected from a private-public school.
This school is amazing the opportunities that it offers are so energetic and fun and while still learning. Also the teachers are so welcoming and kind. - Anonymous
As for an easier transition to high school, that is simply not true. Several high school teachers have mentioned that their BCS students do have a more difficult time adjusting to the atmosphere. Especially socially.
You have got to find out the truth about BCS. While it does offer an extended day, lots of laptop computers, etc. , it does a very poor job of preparing its students for High school. If you walk into that school, the first thing you see is a big banner announcing that it is a Character Ed. School. Turn the corner and you see kids running, pushing, throwing trash on the ground. Come on. They market themselves well and with a waiting list people think it is an honor to make it. What they really do is rob the neighborhood schools of students. Birmingham is robbing Peter to pay Paul. I would not want my dauaghters in a school with 6-8 grade boys who are going through puberty. Talk about making your daughters targets. BCS-The big lie!
Everytime you enter this school, you are met with such a feeling of welcome. From the teachers to the wonderful principal, you really feel you are in a special place. BCS really utilizes a hands-on, innovative approach to education. The students are fully engaged in all aspects of their education. Whereas our child was bored at his old school, he has such an enthusiasm for his education now. We feel so lucky that our child is able to attend school at Covington, and hope that our younger children will have the opportunity to, as well.
Teachers spend too much time at meetings and not enough in the classroom. Student to teacher ratio is way too high, with about 26 to 28 kids per class, per teacher. Teachers are by and large very young, and there is a tremendous turnover amongst them from year to year. The math and technology focus comes at a cost in time spent on language arts. Lots of the kids here had problems at their old schools, and the change in buildings does little to change their bad behavior. Keeping your hands to yourself is a problem here, and we just gave up after way too many failed attempts to get it resovled. All that stuff about charactar is a bunch of PR fluff. Show up at dismissal and see how wild the kids are before you ever sign out of your old school. Completely negative experience; regret leaving our old school.
Excellent school! The academic program is more difficult than a 'normal' elementary but the children adjust with such ease. There are activities for every child with every interest. The principal and staff are fabulous. The parents are so involved in the school it amazes me.
Without a doubt, BCS is a gem. Sound, strong and direct leadership from the Principle down make this a school that puts students and learning first. This school offers every opportunity to excel academically and personally, if you and your student can handle responsiblity and appropriateness of behavior. Students from BCS appear to have an easier transition to High School and are less inclined to be overwhelmed, in general. Parents are intimately involved, but administration assists all to keep it in perspective. The academics are big here. Students grow from being children to being young, well-prepared students. With one child a BCS graduate and others in BCS already or waiting to get in, I believe there isn't another school in the district that warrents as much consideration as BCS. It is my first choice for each of my children.
Students who attend BCS learn from their peers as well as from the staff. BCS teaches kids to think differently and offers a selection of classes for students that excel in certain areas such as advanced math. Grades are mixed like 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8. This is good because students learn from the older students where the older students act as mentors. The school is small compared to other schools in the Birmingham District. 7th and 8th grade have 200 students, along with 5-6, and 3-4. with a smaller student body, students become more comfortable around each other and express themselves as they would. Knowing everyones first and last name is common among the majoirty of the students by 8th grade. BCS lacks a football & tennis team due to the low number of students. I attended covington for 6 years and it prepared me fully for high school.
There is a big turnover of teachers at this school. Lots of meetings that take teachers out of the classroom and allow substitutes to teach classes. Chicago Math Program is used in the Birmingham Schools and is a very confusing program for kids. The Principal is very good and is always available . Her communication skills are excellent. I wish we could have teachers there on a daily basis instead of substitutes.
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