Our model also permits us to offer leadership opportunities to our Middle School students at a time when they are naturally developing these skills and need the exposure, encouragement, and responsibility that come with being the oldest students in a school. Calvert’s structure provides older students with a chance to be role models for our youngest students, a practice we see every day in the life of our school. Focusing all of our resources on these crucial years in a child’s life allows us to hire teachers who specialize in these ages and who appreciate the unique educational opportunities that present themselves during these foundational years.
Every year, another graduating class heads off to many excellent high schools. Our students have found great success beyond our walls as academics, athletes, artists and leaders. At Calvert, we understand that their success is due in large measure to our program and our talented teachers. We also know that this success is aided by the structure of our school. By allowing our boys and girls to grow, learn, and mature in an elementary and middle school program, they are better equipped as Eighth Graders to choose a high school that fits them best. It also empowers our students with an opportunity to reinvent themselves at a time in their lives when such a reinvention is a healthy reflection of the young men and women that they have become.
Finally, our structure allows us to provide a program that celebrates childhood, and in turn, allows our students to remain children for just a little bit longer. This benefit not only provides a respite from a world that increasingly cuts short the innocence of childhood, but it also reaffirms Virgil Hillyer’s commitment to provide a school centered on this magical time in all of our lives.