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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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