Calvert School

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Calvert School
Baltimore, MD
Type Private,
Motto Curiosity, Mastery, Purpose
Established 1897
Faculty 65 (42 K-4, 23 5-8)
Enrollment 533 total (372 K-4, 161 5-8)
Campus Urban, 13 acres (5.3 ha)
Color(s) Black and Gold
Athletics 16 sports
Mascot Honey Badger

Calvert School is a lower and middle co-educational private school with a day school operation in Baltimore, Maryland and an associated homeschooling division that administers a curriculum shipped to families around the United States and the world. Developed in 1906, the home school curriculum grew by being advertised in the National Geographic magazine as a kindergarten program for those wishing to offer a better education to their children.

Homeschooling history

The Calvert homeschooling program was originally developed by Harvard graduate Virgil Hillyer, one of Calvert's earliest Head Masters. Through advertising in the National Geographic magazine he established a desire for a homeschooling program, and Calvert set up a homeschooling program. This developed quickly and five years later there were almost 300 children using the program.[1]

The Calvert program reached over 50 countries during the 1930s,[1] and after World War II it began to be used by US military dependents and is now recommended by the U.S. Foreign Service [2]

Current status

In 2001, Calvert Education Services (formerly the Home Instruction Department) moved to nearby Baltimore County. In 2007, Calvert partnered with Jemicy School to create Verticy Learning,[3] a comprehensive homeschool curriculum specifically for students with language-based learning differences.

Homeschool curriculum

Calvert School has been internationally recognized as the first homeschooling curricula accredited by the Commission on International and Trans-regional Accreditation (CITA).[citation needed] Courses are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education and accredited by the Commission on Elementary Schools, a division of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[4] Calvert’s materials are used in all states and numerous countries.

Calvert also operates a virtual and distance learning program. Calvert partners with virtual schools, such as Columbia Virtual Academy,[5] to provide online instruction that students access at their own pace.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hart, Archibald (1947). Calvert and Hillyer. Baltimore, U.S.A.: Waverly Press Inc.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "The Home Study Option". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 17 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Partnership of Calvert and Jemicy School". Verticy Learning. Retrieved 17 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Calvert Education Services". Commission on Elementary Schools.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Columbia Virtual Academy's Calvert Curriculum Option". Columbia Virtual Academy. Retrieved 18 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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