Covington Latin School receives the Cognia Accreditation as an Impacting School and develops a professional development program to build upon that certification.

Covington Latin School will utilize the successful Cognia accreditation review as a roadmap toward continuous advancement of the institution’s ability to educate.

Covington, Kentucky, Sept. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Covington Latin School received the coveted Cognia education accreditation, awarded only to schools that demonstrate the highest of educational standards by providing students with the plethora of opportunities knowledge brings.  Cognia is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that accredits primary and secondary schools throughout the United States and internationally, making them the largest educational accreditation system in the world.


“Achieving Cognia accreditation and certification is a major step toward defining our universal culture of learning.  We have to practice what we preach by demonstrating that education starts at the top and that the better we become as a learning institution the more successful we will become at increasing our students’ achievements,” stated Dr. John P. Kennedy, Headmaster of Covington Latin School.


Working with Cognia provided Covington Latin School with a third-party evaluation of the success and potential of the institution.  Cognia commended the school for achieving the highest of standards that positively affect student learning in the pursuit of excellence.  At completion of the rigorous evaluation, Cognia defined Covington Latin School as an “Impacting School” and awarded the institution full accreditation and certification.  The detailed assessment referenced CLS as:


“A school that fosters a culture of excellence and belonging with an emphasis on the dignity and goodness of each person.”


In celebration of this international mark of quality, leadership at Covington Latin School is utilizing the evaluation to develop a progress plan rooted in continuous improvement.  Research from the National Education Association shows that student learning is influenced more profoundly by the quality of the teachers than by any other school factor.  As such, a primary directive of the CLS continuous improvement plan is to invest in the professional development of their teachers to support and nurture these educators.  The professional development portion of the Covington Latin School’s improvement plan will extend across the entire school year.  The program has commenced with the first professional development topic focused on the success of the school’s mission:


August – September: Giftedness and Twice Exceptionality

October – November: Leadership and Communication Strategies


The remainder of the plan’s content will be determined by compiling further conversations with the educators, reviewing institutional best practices for a classical curriculum and implementing final determinations from the Cognia review.  The overarching objective is to enable instructors to be even more successful at fulfilling the school’s mission of educating the diverse student body to achieve their full potential.   


“Receiving the Cognia accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents, teachers, staff, and community that we are one of the very best educational institutions,” shared Dr. Kevin Reynolds, Board Chair at Covington Latin School. “Now the game plan is to build upon this success and continue to develop diverse learning processes that personalize opportunities for students on a customized pace and challenge these students to excel against their individual standards, bettering us all.”


The Cognia Accreditation is one of the many achievements and recognitions Covington Latin School has received in the past five months. The school was also named Best School Spirit by Northern Kentucky Magazine, awarded Most Caring School by Luxlife, listed as one of the Best Workplaces in NKY by Cincy Magazine, and recognized as the Best Private School in the Greater Cincinnati Region by Cincinnati Family Choice Awards.



About Covington Latin School: | #CovingtonLatin


Covington Latin School is a co-educational, Roman Catholic, accelerated, college preparatory middle and high school that offers a classical education for gifted students. Our unique educational programs allow gifted students to move at a pace and complexity that suits their academic and social emotional needs. The aim is to form Christian leaders by challenging them to attain their academic, intellectual, social and moral potential.  Since its inception in 1923, the Latin School has operated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky.  The school is accredited by both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (S.A.C.S.) and Cognia Global Educational Accreditation Commission, and is certified by the US Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School.  Covington Latin School ranked as the #1 private school in Northern Kentucky by Cincinnati Magazine, and was named as a Top 3 school in the state of Kentucky. 

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About Cognia:

Cognia is a global nonprofit improvement organization dedicated to helping institutions and other education providers grow learners, educators, and leaders. Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, and professional services within a framework of continuous improvement. Cognia is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). Serving 36,000 public and private institutions from early learning through high school in more than 85 countries, Cognia brings a global perspective to advancing teaching and learning. Find out more at



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