Our Admissions Team is Here for YOU!

We know applying to a new school can feel overwhelming. Our Admissions Team at Covenant is here to help you navigate through the process. To get started, please follow the steps below. 

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  • Step 1: Visit the School

    Prospective parents and students are warmly invited to schedule an in-person tour of one or both campuses. Our Admissions Office is also scheduling Zoom meetings and phone calls with prospective families. Please schedule a call or visit by calling or emailing the Admissions Office. 

    Hickory Campus:
    Betsy Carter
    Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

    Birdwood Campus:
    Amanda Brown
    Lower School Admissions Director
    (434) 220-8125
  • Step 2: Submit Application

    How to Apply Online

    OnCampus is the platform through which we track the admission process for applicants. It is also where you will find our online Application for Admission. Our Application for Admission for the 2024-25 academic year opens September 1 and we encourage families to apply before the January 31 deadline.  (Note: all application materials including transcript and teacher recommendations must be received by February 10). After this deadline, we offer rolling admission pending application qualifications and space availability. There is a $75 non-refundable application fee.

    Current Covenant families should use their onCampus information to log in.

    If you are applying without having previously inquired, you will need to create an account. Parents who have previously inquired within the past year already have an onCampus username. You will need to retrieve this username and then create a password.

    • Go to onCampus.
    • To obtain your login information, click "Forgot login or First time logging in?"
    • Enter the email address that you used in the inquiry stage and check the “Username” and “Password” boxes.
    • You will receive two follow-up emails. One (subject line: “Username Request”) will provide you with your username. The other (subject line: “Password Request URL”) will provide instructions on setting a password.

    To complete an Application for Admission, login to onCampus.
    • Click on your child's name in the top left corner.
    • View the “Checklist” under “Admissions Progress.”
    • Click the “Fill Out” button to start the online application.

    For assistance, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@thegioibackdrop.net.
  • Step 3: Submit Transcript Release Form and Recommendation Forms to Current School

    Once an application has been received, someone in the Admissions Office will contact you with the necessary paperwork for the next steps in the process.

    The Transcript Release Form (Grades 1–12) should be signed and submitted to the applicant’s current school no earlier than December 1. Teacher Recommendation Forms for students applying for Pre-K through Grade 12 should be electronically requested to the applicant’s current teacher through our onCampus platform no earlier than December 1. Recommendations will be returned directly to the Admissions Office. Two recommendation forms are required for students applying for admission to Grades 6–12. Homeschooled students must also complete the Addendum Form.
  • Step 4: Participate in Admissions Testing

    Lower School
    Lower School applicants are evaluated during scheduled appointments on the Birdwood Campus.  This admissions testing takes approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete.

    Middle School
    Middle School applicants are evaluated during scheduled appointments on the Hickory Campus.  This admissions testing takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

    Upper School
    Upper School applicants may submit PSAT, SAT, PACT, ACT, or SSAT scores for consideration.  Applicants without these scores are required to take the ERBs during a scheduled appointment on the Hickory Campus as part of the admission process.
  • Step 5: Student Visit

    We strongly encourage applicants entering Grades 1-12 to spend a day attending classes. Visitors are assigned a host to shadow during the day, giving them an opportunity to meet students and teachers and to find out first-hand what makes Covenant distinct. We will begin scheduling student visits in early November. The Admissions Office encourages students to complete their admissions testing on the day of the student visit or it may be scheduled for another day.
  • Step 6: Student Interview (Middle and Upper Schools only)

    The student interview is an important part of the application process for Middle and Upper School applicants. Virtual or in-person interviews are offered on a case by case basis for eligible applicants as the last step of the admissions process.
For questions about the application process, please contact admissions@thegioibackdrop.net.

Admission Decision

The Admissions Committee sends first-round decision letters and Enrollment Contracts by late February for applicants to Pre-K and K and early March for applicants to Grades 1–12. There is a rolling admissions process throughout the rest of the year based on space availability in each grade.

Contact Us

Middle and Upper School
Grades 6 through 12
175 Hickory Street

Charlottesville, VA 22902

Betsy Carter
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
Birdwood Campus 
Lower School
Pre-K through Grade 5
1000 Birdwood Road 

Charlottesville, VA 22903


Amanda Brown
Lower School Admissions Director
(434) 220-8125

The Covenant School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, nationality, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid awards, or athletic and other school-related programs.

The Covenant School

Birdwood Campus | Lower School | Pre-K–Grade 5 |
1000 Birdwood Road Charlottesville, VA 22903 | 434.220.7309

Hickory Campus | Middle and Upper School | Grades 6–12 | 175 Hickory Street Charlottesville, VA 22902 | 434.220.7329
Located in Charlottesville, VA, The Covenant School is a non-denominational, private, Christian day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, visual and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.