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Calvert School

Private | K-8 | 606 students

Our school is best known for the solid foundation our students receive.
 
 

 
 

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Posted March 5, 2014

Where do I even start. Calvert has formed who I am. I am graduating this year and have been at CS since kindergarten. You can tell if it is a Calvert kid from a mile away. Every morning the student walks in and gives the principal a firm handshake and look in the eye, yes, from pre-k all the way to 8th grade. Not even including the rigorous academics, that will help one in the real world. Public speaking, and so much more subjects besides the normal. The facilities are quite fantastic for a K-8, and every student has the ability to play on the sports field, in gym, recess, and interscholastically starting in 6th grade. Calvert teaches co-ed and single sex, which is one of a kind. Now that I have one step out the door, I am truly honored to have gone here, and I will be able to pick where I want to go to high school. The high school placement process has an over 90% acceptance rate for first choice schools. Going through this process, admissions at other Baltimore private schools would say, "Oh, you're from Calvert." This school is amazing, and I don't know who I would have formed to be if I didn't go to this school and had the amazing classmates that I did.


Posted November 14, 2013

I am a Calvert School graduate from the lower school. I understand not all of you will agree with my opinion, but Calvert put me through some really rough times. While providing the structure I needed growing up, I found the school very lacking in artistic and creative encouragement. I made some long lasting friends and many good memories there, but all in all, it was a harsh, rigid, extremely structured environment. I would recommend this school to anyone for the first few years, but I needed to get out. It may have changed since I attended, but this is my experience.


Posted October 2, 2013

My husband and I live, literally, paycheck to paycheck to send our daughter to Calvert. Our investment is worth every penny! Yes, the curriculum is challenging. Yes, we love the teaching staff and administrators. Yes, Calvert strikes the right balance between robust academics and opportunities for the students to "get out the giggles and wiggles" via recess or PE. But from our perspective, the intangible benefits of a Calvert School education is the distinguishable feature that separates Calvert from other private schools and why we will continue to sacrifice in lieu of the public school alternative. Our daughter is independent, confident, articulate, intelligent, and well-rounded. She is respectful, compassionate, and responsible. All of the faculty and administrators know my daughter by name; but more importantly she knows each of them, including the indispensable groundskeeping, housekeeping, and cafeteria staffs. Calvert is a cohesive family where everyone is valued and appreciated. While we instill these same values and principles in our child, Calvert teaches and reinforces these values in every aspect to develop a leader and solid citizen in our community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2013

We have only experienced the Lower School and so are not in a position to review the Middle School. Calvert has a traditional and structured style. The students learn in a mostly same sex environment, with coed specialty groups. Uniform is comfortable (Khakis & shirts for boys, plaid jumper for girls). The environment is respectful for all. Academic standards and personal attention are balanced. Courses require focus; students have assignments and receive. There is a premium on fundamental abilities: reading, writing, speech, math, problem solving, etc. with exposure to computers and art. Calvert is a haven of childhood holiday celebrations, patriotism, and plays /assemblies. Environment is insulated and safe. The academic preparation is outstanding. You can expect an honest assessment. Calvert is welcoming and actively seeks diversity. Graduates receive an excellent education and will be extremely well prepared and typically successful at the next level. Admission testing is a reliable predictor. Socially, my daughter has made wonderful friends, with whom she plays sports, has sleepovers, etc. The kids are terrific and the families are strong in the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2013

Calvert School brings out the very best in its students. Our son and daughter can't wait to go to school each day, and the range of subjects they are learning is, in a word, phenomenal. We are witnessing firsthand how Calvert plays a role in shaping boys and girls into impressive young individuals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

I am a proud Calvert alumna. My Calvert education provided me with a solid foundation and a love of learning I that would not have received at any other school. The history, tradition, and approach to teaching truly make Calvert a world-class education! I am so grateful to my parents for sending me to Calvert!


Posted September 27, 2013

Calvert has a special way of challenging children while making it fun and interesting. My children never want to miss a single day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

We absolutely LOVE Calvert School! We have two boys who attend the school and they have grown by leaps and bounds in the time they've attended Calvert. The faculty and staff are engaged, enthusiastic and incredible communicators. They are also compassionate, caring and supportive. We truly feel like we are part of the "Calvert Family"! We also feel incredibly fortunate that our children are able to attend such a magnificent school. The Seward Family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

Our two daughters love to learn at Calvert School. Calvert focuses on the fundamentals -- excellent writing skills through weekly compositions, reading and mathematics with developmental-based small groups, and a teaching staff that is supportive and caring while expecting the most our of their students. Calvert also focuses on all the great extras, like foreign language, art, history, science, physical education, mythology, music and art history. My daughters can use the new piano lab before school starts three days a week for practice time, and they learn about astrology by using the Calvert planetarium. Here's just one reason to love Calvert: One member of the administration -- including Lower School Head Dr. Ed Trusty and Headmaster Andrew Holmgren -- sit down with each student every month and comment on their folder papers. They are truly engaged with the students' academic lives!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

We have had four children thrive as students and grow as individuals at Calvert School. No two kids are alike and we are grateful that Calvert has been able to academically challenge and accommodate the interests of our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

Calvert School has been a gift to me as a former student, a past parent and a current teacher. I am most appreciative of the people- all of the students,the families, the teachers, the staff and the administration. The connections made at Calvert are so meaningful and will last a lifetime. Students at Calvert learn so many important lessons at such early ages: respect, kindness, lifelong study skills, the importance of hard work, and the rewards of taking risks. It is such a special place! I will be eternally grateful for Calvert School!


Posted August 29, 2013

To be honest, there are so many wonderful schools in Baltimore, but what makes Calvert unique is the focus on fundamentals and the mix of single gender and coeducational learning. Students are challenged, but also nurtured and encouraged along. My son is thriving at Calvert School, and I thoroughly enjoy working at such a wonderful place as well!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 29, 2013

We love Calvert! Both of my children love their teachers and going to school each day. The Pre-K through 8th Grade model allows the School to focus all of their energies on the younger children rather than getting overlooked by the high schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

Calvert School is an incredible place. It offers a unique co-ed environment with small class sizes, talented teachers, and supportive administrators. Calvert provides each student with a strong foundation while also challenging them to grow academically and personally. The athletic and fine art opportunities are extensive and each child is able to find their niche. Graduates extol the virtues of their education and seek out opportunities to give back to their school. The facilities are unmatched by any local K-8 school and fit the needs of the students and faculty well. Calvert provides an unmatched education while meeting the individual needs of each student and family.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 29, 2013

Calvert School is absolutely the best lower and middle school in Baltimore! The teachers are amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

Calvert School is an incredible place, unlike any other educational institution I have attended or worked for. Children who attend Calvert need to be able to keep up with the rigorous curriculum, but the caring, attentive and highly experienced teachers are able to work with a range of interests and abilities nontheless. Students will master essential academic skills while also obtaining experience in public speaking, foreign languages, the arts, and character education. After ten years since opening, the Middle School has found its groove and is a robust, student-centered learning environment that will prepare students for the demands of high schools and higher education and later for a competitive job market. It's not about how often a PTA meets or if there is 'old money' or perceived snobbery... what matters is what happens in between the walls each day between the students and the teachers, and that, I can assure you, is pure magic.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 26, 2013

My school is terrific! My daughter wakes up every day eager to shake hands and get to Calvert!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

I am thankful to have a school like Calvert because of the amazing colleagues that I have come to know. The students are curious and ambitious in everything that they do. They take pride in their work whether it is a small task or their culminating 8th Grade Castalia project. The parents and alumni are an amazing group to work with as well. They truly believe in Calvert and have dedication to their school. Deep in traditions, it is an amazing experience to see current parents (who are also alumni) speak an experience that they and their child both had while at Calvert. It is a special place for sure!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 17, 2013

Calvert School is a wonderful school that balances a rigorous education with a nurturing atmosphere. Our children are held to the highest standards but encouraged to be themselves and to emphasize hard work above all else. I am grateful to the school for instilling a strong work ethic and attention to detail in me as a child and now my children. I feel blessed to have attended the school as a child and to be able to send my children there now. I remain grateful to the school for its commitment to excellence and individualized attention to each student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

Calvert School is a wonderful school. Calvert embraces the students; imparting knowledge, as well as developing the students unique individual skills. Calvert prepares students for the academic challenges of the world, while also fostering a sense of loyalty, responsibility, respect and civility.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 42%
Black 7% 35%
Two or more races 7% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 12%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Green School Certification (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club: Ballet
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: French

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Andrew B. Holmgren
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AIMS
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • None
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club: Ballet
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: French
  • Girls on the run
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Model Cars and Airplanes
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer for community service projects
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$12000 - $25000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Gilman School
Bryn Mawr School
McDonogh School
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105 Tuscany Road
Baltimore, MD 21210
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