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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Great teachers,excellent principal, but wild uncontrollable student environment.Good honors classes,adequate extracurriculars,but almost no parental environment.
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.
IT has a pleasing look and experienced teachers who make the students feel welcome.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!!
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.
Covington is a great place for kids to be! Dr. Rilling is a wonderful principal and has created a nurturing environment for middle schoolers. The teachers really seem to care about the students. My son loves it there.
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