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!
September 27, 2013
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Calvert provides students with a solid foundation in the academic fundamentals while also emphasizing the importance of good citizenship. As a K-8 school, middle school students have numerous leadership opportunities that would not be available to them in large K-12 setting. A Calvert education set students on a path of lifelong learning and success!
The curriculum is designed to challenge students which requires that they work hard and try their best. Calvert alumni are generally very well prepared to meet the demands of high school, college, and beyond.
some teachers are GREAT (I can not identify them without identifying myself!). Pilot, 6th age, 7th age, 9th age--we had some great teachers. Some small subject teachers (like math and reading in the top levels) are great as well. 10th age is a big problem.
Teachers have dumbed down curriculum for my child's grade. I think teachers were criticized by parents for giving too much homework and giving too many tests. However, this dumbing down means kids at the highest level (as previous poster said) are not well-served. Kids think they have mastered a subject when they really can learn more about it or be curious about the next level. Lazy teachers take advantage of the situation by not pushing themselves to teach to the brightest students. My child seems over confident about material and this is a problem. The teacher does not even mark compositions except to remark on their gist. How is my child going to learn when mistakes are not flagged?
Admin are clueless as are teachers; make assumptions of people who are not WASPs. Calvert teaches the kids they are the greatest (I guess teaches them self-esteem?) and I guess it serves them well in the small community of Baltimore or this section of the country, but once outside these boundaries, I'm not sure what these kids will be like. They are in for a rude awakening if they venture into a more diverse environment. Hopefully they will learn before it is too late (the work environment or institution of higher education), but then again, most students stay local for college and career after Calvert.
Counselor meets with each homeroom once or twice a month, but what can she do? Kids do not take her class seriously. Kids learn the Calvert pillars, but pretty obvious from my observations that they do not take any to heart. They learn that this is just lip service at the school and do not believe the pillars are not important in the real world (or at least in the Calvert world)