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 Mighty Bees

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[edit]

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[edit]

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. Calvert now offers accredited education from Kindergarten through High School and has partnered with Education Vector to offer their program outside the U.S.A.

Homeschool curriculum[edit]

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. ^ a b Hart, Archibald (1947). Calvert and Hillyer. Baltimore, U.S.A.: Waverly Press Inc. 
  2. ^ "The Home Study Option". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Partnership of Calvert and Jemicy School". Verticy Learning. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Calvert Education Services". Commission on Elementary Schools. 
  5. ^ "Columbia Virtual Academy's Calvert Curriculum Option". Columbia Virtual Academy. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 

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Coordinates: 39°20′24″N 76°37′16″W / 39.339944°N 76.621068°W / 39.339944; -76.621068