Covington Independent Schools

In Covington Independent Public Schools, our district motto is “Destination: Graduation.” Simply, we provide educational opportunities to guide and encourage every child to reach his or her full potential. We engage families, business leaders and community members to assist students, and we offer every student a roadmap to success for college or careers as individualized instruction and learning are integral to students reaching their destination.

From our preschool programs to our International Baccalaureate program, Covington offers opportunities for all students. Because kindergarten readiness is a priority, Covington students begin their educational careers in our preschool programs. We operate the Biggs Early Childhood Center as well as preschool classes in all of our elementary buildings. We also offer Montessori preschool.

The Covington Board of Education finances the all-day preschool programs as well as all day kindergarten programs. For Covington children who do not attend our preschool programs, we are making sure they are prepared for kindergarten as well. Through the help of United Way, Covington hired a teacher who visits Covington childcare centers and provides training, on-site coaching and materials to ensure children are prepared and ready when they enter kindergarten.

At Holmes High School, we’ve established a partnership with Gateway Community and Technical College that allows seniors to take college English and math. If the student is not academically prepared to take the college-level course, we provide the developmental coursework in high school so that they are prepared to succeed at college.

Our goal is to have all graduating students equipped with the skills to go on to postsecondary education or to start a career. To help students get in college, we have CARE (College, Access, Resource Environment), a room staffed with counselors who take students on college visits and help them complete college applications and scholarship and FAFSA forms.

In addition to AP and IB courses, students at Holmes can learn trades such as masonry, carpentry and auto mechanics at the Chapman Vocational Education Center, located on the Holmes campus.

We also require service learning projects in our schools. Though nearly 90 percent of our students receive free and/or reduced lunches, they participate in projects to help others in need.

Teachers receive ongoing training to ensure we give our students the best education possible. Our instructional team of teachers meets in content area groups daily. They focus on not only teaching to the state standards, but also teaching to the national standards, which will help improve students’ scores on the ACT.

At the elementary and middle school levels, teachers meet collaboratively to make sure that each academic standard assessed on the Kentucky Core Content test is addressed in classrooms. Elementary teachers focus on individualized instruction to meet the needs of each child. Through a variety of formative reading and math assessments, struggling students are identified and targeted with interventions specific to their needs.

Content area instructional coaches lead these sessions and provide follow-up for teachers in each school.