A TK-12 Christ-centered,
College Preparatory School

FAQs

We understand that choosing a school for your children is an important family decision. We want to help you in your process of learning more about Covenant Day School and whether it is the right fit for your family. Below you will find questions that prospective parents have found helpful when making their decision. You can also check out our Fast Facts for more information about Covenant Day School.

How much homework is given?

In addition to nightly reading, the typical expectation is ten minutes times the grade level each night. For example, fourth graders can expect about 40 minutes of homework each night in addition to their required reading.

What is the application deadline?

Covenant Day maintains rolling admissions; there is no deadline for applying. However, in order to be considered in the first round of acceptances, applications must be received by January 15. Click here for more information about the admissions process.

How can parents get involved?

At Covenant Day, we love our parents! We are grateful for their presence and help. We have a strong Parents Association, a Room Moms network, a chapter of Moms in Prayer, and many other opportunities for parents to contribute both in and out of the classroom. Click here to learn how you can get involved.

What criteria does the Admissions Committee consider when making an admission decision?

The Admissions Committee considers many criteria, depending on the applicant’s entering grade level, when selecting a qualified applicant. Some of those criteria may include:

  • mission appropriateness of both the student and the family,
  • previous academic achievement,
  • performance on standardized tests and admissions screening tests,
  • previous conduct,
  • previous participation in co-curricular activities,
  • developmental readiness,
  • the interview with the parents and student (grades 6-12),
  • written teacher and pastor recommendations,
  • observations made by faculty during a student’s tour or shadow visit, and
  • the family’s active involvement in a local church.

Why does Covenant Day ask for a pastor’s recommendation and what if my pastor does not know me?

Covenant Day believes in a “three-legged stool” philosophy of Christian education, that the best way to love, nurture, and support your child is for the church, family, and school to all be on the same page. To that end, it is very important to us that your family is part of a local congregation and that along with Covenant Day, your pastor and church will help you raise your child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. If you are members of a large church and do not personally know your senior pastor, you may have the form completed by another pastor on staff, an elder, a deacon, or a ministry leader who knows your family well.

What are the school hours?

TK & K | 8:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Lower School | 8:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Middle School | 8:15 a.m.-3:10 p.m.
High School | 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

*NOTE: On Wednesdays, all grade levels will begin at 8:50 a.m.

What is an average class size?

There is one TK class and three classes in grades K-5 with an average of 18-20 students in each class. In middle and high school, the number of classes and class size varies depending on the subject and the level of difficulty.

Is Covenant Day School accredited?

Covenant Day is accredited through Christian Schools International (CSI), the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS), now called AdvancED, and the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA). Covenant Day is also a member of multiple professional associations.

Are your teachers licensed?

All of our teachers are either licensed or pursuing a certification in the field in which they teach.

Do your students wear uniforms?

Students in TK through eighth grade wear uniforms comprised of numerous options. High school students have a dress code.

Is before/after school care available?

Before school care is available, free of charge, from 7:30 a.m. until the start of school. For an additional fee, an After School Enrichment Program is available for families needing after school care until 6:00 p.m.

When may students participate in athletics?

Students may try out for teams beginning in seventh grade.

Are there security measures in place on campus?

A full-time security officer, in cooperation with the Matthews Police Department, directs campus safety 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additionally, we have an armed officer with a marked car that patrols the campus during school hours and also provides traffic control.

All exterior building doors are locked and visitors must be granted access.

Do you have a lunch program?

The Covenant Day School Lunch Program offers a quality and varied monthly menu, which allows for a unique lunch each school day. On-campus dining includes recognized, branded restaurants, and our online menu enables families to choose lunches to suit any appetite. Lunch orders are placed monthly and you can order as much or as little as you want each month. Other food options including milk, bottled water, juice, ice cream, and various snack items are also available for purchase during lunch. Parents are also welcome to order from our menu and join their student for lunch!

What is the admissions process for international students?

International students who are interested in Covenant Day School should contact Robin Southern at rsouthern@covenantday.org or 704-814-1077.


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