- WHAT'S A TYPICAL DAY AT COVCATH?
- WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A SINGLE GENDER EDUCATION?
- ARE THERE COED SOCIAL ACTIVITIES?
- DO I HAVE TO BE CATHOLIC TO ATTEND CCH?
- HOW STRONG IS THE FOCUS ON SPORTS?
- WILL I HAVE A CHANCE TO PLAY ON AN ATHLETIC TEAM?
- WHAT ARE THE COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES?
- WHAT IS THE VALUE OF A COVCATH EDUCATION?
- WHAT ACADEMIC LEVELS ARE OFFERED?
- HOW MUCH HOMEWORK SHOULD A STUDENT EXPECT?
- IS IT POSSIBLE TO BALANCE ACADEMICS AND ATHLETICS?
- WHAT'S THE AVERAGE CLASS SIZE?
- SO, HOW'S LUNCH?
- WHAT ARE TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR GETTING TO/FROM SCHOOL?
- HOW ARE RESULTS OF THE PLACEMENT TEST USED?
- WHAT'S THE BASIC DRESS CODE?
- IS THERE TUITION ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE?
- WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS OF CCH PARENTS?
- WHO DO I CONTACT WITH ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?
The school building is open to students from 7:00 am to 3:30 p.m. each day. Routine class days begin with first bell at 7:50 a.m. and dismissal at 2:40 p.m. Most Wednesdays the school day starts at 8:30 to allow for the weekly faculty meeting or club meetings. There are seven class periods that typically run 50 minutes and a homeroom period. The campus is just as busy after classes dismiss with the many athletic practices and extracurricular activities available to students.
Research shows that boys and girls learn differently. Covington Catholic is geared towards the distinct learning needs of boys and our teachers teach to the strengths of boys. Students feel safe to be themselves and take a sincere interest in their own intellectual, physical, spiritual, moral and creative formation. Furthermore, the unique brotherhood that develops between students here is something that unites them as a student body and carries into their lives as alumni.
Covington Catholic holds several dances throughout the year, including Homecoming and Valentine's Dances and Jr./Sr Prom in which our young men can invite female guests to attend. The freshman class jointly sponsors a Halloween Bash in the fall with the freshman class of Notre Dame Academy. There are several opportunities for our students to interact with the students at NDA through joint productions of theater productions, the NDA/CCH band, as well as several mixers held at NDA throughout the year. Female students are always invited to attend CCH sporting events.
Covington Catholic welcomes students of all faiths and races to attend our school. Our curriculum does include a Religion class each of the four years based on the Catholic faith and once a month we celebrate a school Mass in which all students will attend. The basis of our school mission is to educate our students academically, spiritually, physically, and socially and we take our role in developing good, Christian men seriously.
Covington Catholic is very proud of its athletic programs, but sports play only a part in the school's mission to educate young men academically, spiritually, physically and socially. Each year, numerous students find success with winning writing, math, and art competitions. Over 100 students experienced education outside of the classroom with school sponsored travel to Europe and Wyoming this past year. Recent graduating classes report well over $10 million in college scholarship offers. With almost 50 extra-curricular clubs and sports offered at Covington Catholic, every student has the opportunity to explore many more interests than just sports, including drama, music, art, photography, academic clubs, and fun events like Ultimate Frisbee competitions.
In fact, 65% of students participate on an athletic team. 12 different KHSAA-sanctioned sports are offered, including a no cut sport every season. When they come to CovCath, many students discover a talent for a sport they had never tried before. There are several walk-on or non-tryout sports, including cross country, track & field, football, tennis and swimming, These teams are just as competitive as their tryout counterparts and require a daily commitment to practices and competitions. Try-out sports include baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, and bowling. Lacrosse also has an interscholastic competitive team as well. Several sports are offered through an intramural program which includes basketball (which attracts hundreds of players each year), bowling, golf, and Ultimate Frisbee.
CovCath offers a wide variety of community service opportunities through the Campus Ministry Office. With a 15 hours per year per student requirement, students complete about twice that, on average. Hundreds of agencies have benefitted from CCH students' volunteer efforts. Many opportunities exist, and new ones are often added!
CCH strives to educate the whole person. Through the development of every student's spiritual, intellectual, moral, physical and creative potential, students are prepared for life beyond Covington Catholic. As a college preparatory school, students gain the tools to succeed in college. In fact, typically close to 100% of graduating students attend four-year colleges and universities, and many receive scholarships. Many students take advantage of our Advanced Placement courses in which they earn college credits while in high school.
College Prep CPII, College Prep CPI, and Honors levels are available in all core classes. Advanced Placement classes are available to sophomore, juniors and seniors. A student's placement in the Academic support class is initially determined by his score on the HSPT and re-evaluated each spring as he registers for the next school year's classes.
Students should expect homework in every class every day even if it is simply studying the day's classwork. On average, freshmen will spend 1-2 hours a night doing homework. Some nights students may have less, others may have more in the case of studying for a major test or on an essay or project. Honors classes tend to require more time doing assignments and projects.
Many of Covington Catholic's brightest students are boys that play sports, some even all three seasons. Our coaching staffs encourage the students with mandatory study halls and grade point requirements to participate. Student athletes learn to manage their time more efficiently as well as how to prioritize tasks, both life long skills every young man will need to succeed in life.
The CCH Cafeteria is well known as having the best school lunch in town! Students may either bring their own lunch or purchase one in the cafeteria. Lunches may be purchased with cash or a fingerprint ID system that withdraws money from a pre-paid account into which parents/guardians deposit money.
The majority of our students arrive to school by private transportation, either by carpool or a parent driving them. Students with driver's licenses can purchase a parking permit for $10 the first week of August if they choose to bring a car on campus during the school day. A bus stop in front of the school on Dixie Highway serves many TANK bus routes throughout the day. The school office can provide a list of students in your area if you are in search of others to form a carpool.
The exam taken prior to admission and part of your overall application is actually a Placement Exam. The Admissions Director and Administration use this along with the student's grades in 6th,7th, and 8th grade as well as teacher recommendations to determine the best level of each subject the student should be enrolled.
Our students wear a collared shirt and solid color, 4 pocket dress pants. Students must wear a belt, socks and either gym shoes or dress shoes. On special occasions and all-school Masses, our students are required to wear a white dress shirt, khaki pants, and their CCH issued tie. Students may wear sweaters or CCH crew sweatshirts over shirts at any time. Hoodies or non-CCH sweatshirts are not permitted during the school day. Hair must be kept neat and trimmed above the shirt collar. More details are listed in the student handbook.
Approximately 1 in 6 students receive tuition assistance in the form of a Work/Study program or scholarships. Discounted tuition is available for the third and fourth student of families with multiple students enrolled at Covington Catholic.
Parents are ultimately responsible for teaching their son to set his own academic and personal goals, and fostering the home environment that encourages his achievement of those goals.
The actual cost of CCH educating a student is significantly more than tuition rates provide for. Parent involvement through volunteering time and talent is equally as important as participation in fundraising events and campaigns to bridge the tuition gap. Parental involvement is truly welcomed (and depended upon!).
CCH issues a weekly electronic newsletter each Wednesday with important information of dates, forms, and general information that each parent is responsible for reading. Other time sensitive messages may be issued on a daily basis. Each family is required to provide the school with an email address that will be actively checked. Additionally, there are several events throughout the year at which parents' attendance is required.