From Eric Isselhardt, Chief Academic Officer, Calvert Education
The Calvert High School is designed to be a highly rigorous learning experience for students interested in pursuing their high school education through homeschooling. As such, the high school builds on the best of Calvert’s rich homeschooling traditions, and creates a school environment where students may reach for their potentials and prepare for their futures. Our high school students will engage with a curriculum in which they are challenged to develop an inquiring mind, expand their world perspective, and explore the universe’s building blocks.
Accreditation and Student Records
The Calvert high school program will feature many of the important elements of a traditional high school. To enter the program, families will need to provide records from any previous schools if not previously enrolled with Calvert. The Calvert high school curriculum will be accredited through the Middle States Association after the first year of its operation. Thus, students will receive a high school diploma after senior year. Additionally, a student will be able to transfer into the program in future years, subject to pre-requisites and placement testing.
About the Courses
Families can expect the type of rich, flexible experience that is the hallmark of a Calvert education. Most typical high school courses will be offered (English, science, math, etc.), as well as Advanced Placement courses and a variety of electives such as Spanish language. If taking a full course load, a student should expect to spend 6 to 8 hours a day on the program. The time taken to complete the course will vary. For the most part, courses are self-paced.
To create as flexible a program as possible, students will be allowed to enroll in individual courses. The ratio of work online to work using textbooks and other printed materials can also vary. Families will be offered an option by which the majority of the work can be done using books and paper, and an option that will be a more online, interactive experience. Printed lesson manuals will be provided, as is Calvert’s practice. There will also be extracurricular activities and options such as clubs.
Families have come to expect a high level of support with Calvert. This will be no different in the Calvert high school program. As with the curriculum options, the support options will be varied and flexible. High-school-trained Education Counselors will be available. Students can choose to enroll with or without the Advisory Teaching Service. Families can choose from various levels of service options, from being almost entirely independent to enrolling in actual teacher-led classes.
The first year of the Calvert high school program, which includes Grade 9 core subjects, Advanced Placement, Spanish language, and electives, will be available beginning in August 2014.