Transferring to a new school can be intimidating – but at Covenant, new students are often surprised at how quickly they have felt right at home! Last year we had over twenty new students join our 6th – 11th grades, coming from backgrounds in private, public, and homeschool. We asked a few of them to share about their experiences.
Thomas, a new 10th grader, shared about his experience coming to Covenant after being home-schooled from Kindergarten through 9th grade.
Thomas, 10th grade, enjoying classroom discussion
What made you want to come to Covenant? “The fact that I would get a more classical and social education. For me, coming from home-school, I really only ever worked on schoolwork by myself, so Covenant allowed me to participate with other students on both projects and regular homework assignments.”
What has surprised you the most about being here? “The kindness of all the students and teachers and everyone’s ability to always offer assistance, no matter the problem.”
What would you tell a student who is thinking about coming to Covenant? “If you are afraid of not being welcomed, all of the students and teachers will welcome you warmly, and if you are worried about struggling a lot with homework, every one of the teachers and students are happy to help in any way that they can.”
A new student in 7th grade, Eliana, shared a little bit about what it was like to come to Covenant from a public school.
Eliana, 7th grade, on the Middle School Girls Soccer Team
What made you want to come to Covenant? “I wanted to come because of the Christian environment, but at first I was scared to come.”
What made you anxious about being a new student at our school? “I was afraid of being judged and rejected because I am public-schooler.”
What has surprised you most about being here? “I was mostly surprised by how nice the people are and how welcoming they are. The minute I came in I was welcomed by almost everyone! …I have more friends in 4 ½ months than in 5 years at my old school.”
What would you tell a student who is thinking about coming to Covenant? “I would tell them that this school is amazing. They should come and share this experience with me.”
Eliana’s sister Aliza, is a new student in 10th grade. She shared about the academic impact coming from a public school.
Aliza, 10th grade, in the Chamber Choir
What made you want to come to Covenant? “The fact that I would finally be able to attend a Christian school with much more difficult academics. I was excited to be academically challenged with peers who were as driven as I was.”
What made you anxious about being a new student at our school? “I was nervous about Rhetoric because I had never even heard of it before, and I realized I would be taking Rhetoric II with some students that have gone to Covenant their entire lives.”
What has surprised you the most about being here? “I was amazed at how welcoming everyone was. So many students brought me into their friendship circles, and everyone was so open to talk to, which is much different than all the public schools I have attended my whole life. I was also very surprised at how well-behaved all of my class was.”
What would you tell a student who is thinking about coming to Covenant? “This school is perfect for you if you want to be academically challenged and are driven to learn so many new things every day.”
Although the academics can be new and challenging, we want families to know about the support system they will find here. Our feedback is overflowing with comments like Bryn’s…
Bryn, 7th grade, on the Middle School Girls Volleyball Team
“Covenant is a wonderful school! As soon as you walk in, there is a family like feeling! At first the academics may be hard, but you will get used to it and settle in. It will get better. This is a GREAT school! I love coming to Covenant!”
There is beauty to be found in the middle and high school journey, and Covenant strives to support families throughout this journey. Our teachers and staff promise to come alongside your student, whether old or new, to guide them on the middle and high school journey.