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3700 Convict Hill Road
Austin, TX 78749

(512) 414-3276
(512) 892-4547
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September 18, 2014
I couldn't be happier with our choice to transfer to Covington; I almost regret we didn't come sooner. We've not experienced one real disappointment, from interactions with office staff, counselors, teachers, principal and vice-principals to feeling welcomed to participate as a parent volunteer as much as I like around the school. The teachers are still smiling at the end of the day - they want to be there! Email communication with any staff member is very effective. Walking the halls, the place feels bright, clean, well-orchestrated. The students seem happy to be there, the bands are amazing, the art produced is incredible, the theater productions fun. Even though I have one child who prefers math/science and another child strong in language/arts, there are so many engaging choices to try, for both stimulation needs!! I love Covington and am proud to have children there.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
Covington is a great school. The new principal and teachers have gone above and beyond to bring the year to a close in a positive way. The PTA has really changed and as has sponsored some new fun events and scheduled new programs for the school next year. My kids are sad they won't be there next year. Great learning atmosphere!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
This school has come a long way in recent years. It has suffered from bad attitudes and sluggishness; too many teachers and staff (not all) have minimized their personal accountability and have been cutting corners. Naturally, some of these characteristics have carried over to the students. However, there have been several retirements (at midterm-see what I mean-uncaring). Now there is a new, enthusiastic and caring principal that has already made noticeable improvements. The future is bright!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
Covington is an amazing school with dedicated teachers who incorporate the latest instructional practices and go above and beyond to meet their students' needs. I have never failed to be treated with courtesy and respect by them. The fine arts students produce some of the best quality plays, music, and visual art I've ever experienced at the middle school level! What a tribute to the Covingtons! The kids look great in their clothes, too. They adhere to the AISD dress code now. Finally, Covington serves a diverse student population, one that accurately reflects the racial makeup of Austin. What a beautiful rainbow!

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2012
Over the last 8 years I had 3 children attend Covington and I saw how the teachers and principals created a school culture of creativity and caring. And then in my last 2 years I saw how the Fine Arts classes, especially Theater, exploded. I am so lucky my daughter had been a part of the Theater, Band, and Art classes at Covington. Also, I'm an academic intervention tutor who's worked with hundreds of students and attended parent teacher conferences at many different schools. In comparison, Covington teachers are the best; they understand what it is to differentiate instruction for students who have dyslexia and ADHD, plus they value students who come from different backgrounds and experiences. They possess a combination of high expectations and warmth that has helped my 2 dyslexic sons and my ADHD daughter thrive and become successful in middle school, high school, and now college. I can't help but be grateful for all they've done for me and my children! By the way, the dress code is much better than it used to be.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2012
This is a fantastic school. From a few of the reviews below it appears parents mad about dress code (which your child, adult will follow one for the rest of their lives) and then throwing blame on school. Take reviews with a grain of salt. Most people who write reviews do so when they are mad no when they are pleased. P.S. some of these reviews are so old they are pointless. They discuss details that no longer apply to this school. If you want a feel for the school, visit it!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2012
This school is horrible. My daughter was so excited to start middle school and now she hates going to school. She is an honor student and behaves in class so she is mercilessly picked on every day. The other reviews were spot on about administration. They are more worried about the over bearing dress code than the behavior of the students. I have tried to speak with the assistant principal and was dismissed and told if I didn't like the dress code I should attend the campus advisory counsel meetings. I also spoke with another assistant principal that said the exact same thing. Its like they have a script they read from when parents complain. It is very clear to me that nothing is going to change with this school. The counselor is great and does her best but the administration is so bad that nothing changes. I have tried to transfer to another school in my area that is a lot better but we didn't get the transfer because we were white and the only spots left were for minorities. Well I guess my white daughters education isn't as important as the minority students to AISD. It is very sad. I guess equality doesn't pertain to white students in AISD.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2012
This is a school where discipline takes priority over grades. The administration staff are unnecessarily rigid and quick to punish harshly. You are lucky if you get a phone call from an assistant principal, I did not once see or speak to the principal dispite my attempts and you will never have communications with the teachers. I have been consistently spoken to as if I were to be handled and shown the door rather than have my concerns heard and addressed. This has to be the worst schoolI have been involved with. It's a shame that they don't put our childrens education first. There are some genuinely good and wonderful teachers there, but they are overshadowed by the horrible administration. Do not put your child here if you want them to learn anything.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2012
Between the dress code and the staff, this school was a nightmare. Communication simply does not exist between the teachers, the staff and the parents. The assistant principal was quite rude and very condescending. Like most schools, some of the teachers are good, some are bad. However, it is difficult to keep up with what assignments are due or my child's progress when the parent connection information is not completed and there is little communication. We are moving out of this district as soon as possible.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
this is my first year at covington as a 6th grader and it has been a blast so many oppurtunities you make so many good friends.the teachers make learning fun and the great thing was that i was always exited for another day of learning

- submitted by a community member
April 21, 2011
There is much to be desired and I agree with some reviews that maybe the school is not as great as it once was but Covington is still a good school. There are many teachers that are good and I love the Band progarm that 3 of my children have been invovled with for the past 4 yrs. I believe you make it what you want of it and we've made it the best for us. As for the dress code I wasn't to happy about it at first but in all truth school is not about fashion it's about learning. The dress code is the least of my worries.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
I think sometimes Covington gets a bad wrap but it really is a good school. My daughter transferred from West Ridge because we moved. She was put into AP classes and they really do try to challenge her. The band program is also amazing!!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2010
I agree with other statements regarding the overly strict dress code. It is designed to sqelch any individuality a student possesses. My grandson wore nothing but grey shirts for three years. Even coats must adhere to the approved four colors, with no contrasting trim. Boys are disciplined for forgetting to wear a belt. The office staff is rude to parents, ignoring them as long as possible and then grudgingly acknowledging their presence. The only good impression I have of the school is the music program. The orchestra teacher there a couple years ago was great.

- submitted by a community member
no rating March 27, 2010
My second child is attending Covington this year as a 6th grader. I have to say after sending my first child there, that this school has absolutely gone down hill. I feel the staff has slacked off and don't want to handle the problems of the school. I would like to see the principal step up to the plate to correct the problems that have occurred this school year. What I have found after having two children in AISD is when problems arise, principals like to pretend they don't exist. As a leader of the school, I feel the principal should step up to the plate and take problems by the horns, after all, we spend good money to pay the principal of our schools. A great example of a principal is Craig Shapiro at Crockett High!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2010
We moved from AZ to TX last summer and enrolled our son into Covington. What a mistake that was. The so-called dress code only makes the student body look like a juvenile detention center. The kids mostly wear black. White is not allowed, because they don't want the boys wearing the over sized T-shirts. Just absurd! My son is a honor student and just wants to learn, but finds it very difficult do to the out of control students. They bus a lot of the students in, and those the students that cause all the problems. The parents get upset that there kids can't go to the dances because of their poor grades, but don't get upset about their grades. Our son is not safe at this school and we tried to transfer, but were told because he is white, he can't transfer to one of the three schools we choose.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
Covington has a great principal and staff that TRY to control the hooligans and thugs that infest it, but they just cant do it without the parental support. Children run that school. Its out of control. Doing a google search on the incidents that have happened at that school in the past year would send any concerned parent running. My daughter has attended the past 2 years, and we were able to get her transferred into another school for her 8th grade year. RUN, dont walk, away from this horrendous school

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 06, 2010
This school is a good one. Sure we have our problems, but so does every other school. The teachers are great. People would be surprised if they just spend a day there. Most of the bad things you here about us are judged as an entire school discipline issue, when it is just a couple of students.

- submitted by a student
November 28, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 05, 2009
The best thing about Covington is the teachers and they are good; however, the military-style of directing the school teaches the children, in my opinion, how to behave in a prison instead of the real world. Thank God for the teachers who realize this manner of control is relative. It has been my experience to have felt like I am intruding when I try to reach my child at school. The person that answers the main line hardly masks an unwillingness to help when you call. Good customer service skills should be a requirement if you answer the phone.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating July 30, 2009
Covington was a great school 2 yrs ago when my daughter first attended, but as she anticipated a wonderful 7th grade yr it was aweful! She has expressed she don't want to attend Covington her 8th grade yr. The safety of the students is slim to none, the students are walking around holding hands and kissing in front of authority figures, and the educators appear to have lack of controll.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2009
Covington has amazing teachers who really care about the kids. The Band is the best! The directors encourage and motivate their students to be the best they can be.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2008
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October 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 07, 2008
I couldn't be more displeased with the level of absurd rules and laws this school employs. It appears since the latest principal has taken over, the school has gone to pot. Most of the teachers are pretty nice and competent, but there are some that should be running a military school instead. I will be removing my child from this school and ensure my other children never step foot in this hole of an institution. The policing they've enforced to control the children are doing nothing but harming them instead. They are treated like criminals for the smallest acts. What sort of stage is this setting? I'm completely disappointed, to put it mildly. Our experience with Austin schools was great until my child started there. I made the mistake of letting her return for another year, but things have only gotten worse and I long for this year to end.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
The key to sucess is having a relationship with your childs counselor and teachers. They have been great (expecially the counselor) when we have encountered problems. This comes from the parent of a Pre- AP honor and national junior honor society 8th grade student.

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August 28, 2008
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July 30, 2008
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June 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 28, 2008
I could not be more unhappy. My son is in all PreAP classes and band. He has been bullied from the beginning of the school year and nothing stops it! You are ridiculed if you are smart and well behaved. The staff are truly trying to do the best they can but it's an impossible situation. We will move before my child goes back to this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
This school is not a place for your child if they have a disablity! Unless it's a phycial disablity. It all boils down to, if they can't see the disablity there isn't one. In order to get the help your child needs you better have an advocate.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 18, 2007
We moved here from an another city and I was a little worried because it is a bigger school and city. They have done a great job of making sure the kids don't get bullied and get a top notch education. My son is in all PreAP classes and it is really challenging him to think. He loves it. Thanks Covington for making it a great transition not only for him moving from 5th to 6th grade but to a new school as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2007
Covington is an amazing school!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 01, 2007
Teaching at CMS has been a professionally liberating experience under Dr.Rilling. She would find a way for teachers to be benefically innovative with students. She is particularly keen on helping students experience real world involvement in global issues. Our experienced counseling team functions with a 'student first' attitude. Our assistant principals take on much of the responsibility for the smoothe functioning of the campus on a daily basis. We have a very experienced teaching staff, who have not lost their zest for learning new strategies in their classrooms. CMS is 20 years old, but you'd never suspect its age due to our custodial staffs' attention to maintainance and cleanliness. While it's true that our parents' ability to volunteer is hampered by their work schedules, I have never felt a parent did not care about his/her child's progress. Teachers offer tutoring during their lunch periods as well as after school.

- submitted by a teacher
September 18, 2006
The best things about Covington have to be the teachers. I've met a Social Studies teacher who, with his unique viewpoints on history and culture, has opened up new worlds to my student and many others. The band directors and the art teacher are some of the most enthusiastic, dedicated, and driven teachers I have ever met. They Love what they do, and it shows. Bravo!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
An excellent principal A very safe environment, teachers are passionate about their subjects, the music program is unique austin wide beacuse the founders of this school were passionate about it and it shows I cannot measure parent involvement but judging from the attendance at honors assembly I can say it is very good

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2005
Great teachers,excellent principal, but wild uncontrollable student environment.Good honors classes,adequate extracurriculars,but almost no parental environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2005
I will address this from a parents perspective of an honor class student. There are many opportunities available to these students. The classwork is challenging without being more than the students can handle, and the teachers are readily available to help with any difficulties. The students are assigned a counselor when they start in 6th grade. That counselor stays with the children through 8th grade. This allows the counselor to know my child well by the time they graduate to H.S. In return they are able to give guidance and advice that is critical to my child. Unfortunately, with budget cuts, there have also been cuts to 'extra' programs. Music is still excelling, but sports and drama have felt the pinch, IMHO.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2005
IT has a pleasing look and experienced teachers who make the students feel welcome.

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March 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2005
I believe that academci quality is of high standsrds. The administration of this school leaves something to be desired. My experience has been that the administration is there only to 'Police' the children, not to protect and encourage them.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2004
Unfortunately, my child had an impaired teacher this year and the school didn't correct the situation. When he could not stand it any longer, the school had only one means of discipline, ISS, with no creativity in dealing with this very difficult situation. In school suspension doesn't allow a child to play sports and took away the last motivator my child had for good behavior. I found discipline to be arbitrary and very uncreative. The highlight was the school counselor, who was supportive and intelligent. She couldn't mitigate the damage the teachers and vice principals did, however.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2004
This school is very good. Then entire staff work together to see that each student that applies themselves gets the success they strive for. Students are encouraged to show respect and honor each other as well as the staff. The band program is the crown jewel of the school. Over 1/3 of the school enrollment is involved.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2004
This school is awesome!!! the entire staff work together for all of the students. One department volunteered some of its funding to the school band for some of its expansion goals. What teamwork. At the end of the first part of the year, the staff gathers together for a holiday kickoff breakfast put on by some of the parents. They recognize everyones contribution to the day to day activities, from the custodial staff to the special education student that just mastered a new skill!!!!!! dr. Rilling believes in all of the student's, not just the honor role one's or the athletic ones. The band program is super!!!! over 1/3 of the school is enrolled in band. The only ones not getting anything out of this school are the one's that don't put anything in.!!!!!!! Keep up the good work covington!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2003
My daughter transferred to Covington in 7th grade. She loves the school. I have been very pleased with the caliber of teachers she has had, especially in math, English and Spanish. The band program is truly exceptional with fantastic, encouraging leadership from the band directors.

- submitted by a parent
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Covington Middle School
3700 Convict Hill Road, Austin, TX  78749
(512) 414-3276
Last modified Covington Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Covington Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top