Academics
The Institute for Leadership & Purpose

Philosophy & Curriculum

The Institute for Leadership & Purpose at Calvert School prepares tomorrow’s leaders to impact their communities, locally and globally. We believe in fostering an environment of self-discovery, compassion, and ethical decision-making that inspires a sense of purpose. Grounded in Calvert School’s mission, the Institute offers students and teachers an opportunity to unite with community partners, engage with civic leaders, explore meaningful outreach opportunities, and leave a legacy of partnership, leadership, and innovation in Baltimore and beyond. 
The heart of the Institute is seeing all elements of school life through the five lenses of leadership development; identity, community, empathy, exploration, and impact. These lenses ground our work, and guide meaningful, purposeful learning across both divisions and with our external partners.
 
Identity
Discovering the beauty in self and others

Community
Identifying active citizenship

Empathy
Placing oneself in another’s shoes

Exploration
Seeking meaningful, first-hand experiences to grow

Impact
Recognizing community needs and taking action to benefit/serve others

Curriculum

The Institute for Leadership & Purpose seeks to enhance curriculum throughout the Calvert student experience from our youngest students in Fifth Age to our oldest students in Eighth Grade. In each grade, our program seeks to connect meaningfully with academic classes while offering experiential elements that build community and connect to the greater world.


List of 10 items.

  • Fifth Age

    LS Pillars Class -
    Each week, students receive character lessons taught by both the Lower School Counselor and the homeroom teachers. In Fifth Age, there is a focus on friendship and problem-solving. We use the Kelso’s Choice curriculum to help our students solve small peer-to-peer conflicts. The Four Calvert Pillars of Respect, Responsibility, Honor, and Compassion, are the focus of the classes as well.

    Service Learning for Fifth Age:
    • Three Mornings of Service in Partnership with Tenth Age
    • Bees for BARCS Animal Shelter, 5K run & 1 mile run, Partnership with Eighth Grade
    • Fall Food Drive for Baltimore Hunger Project
    • Holiday Toy Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • MLK Day of Service (January 20, 2020)
    • Bedtime in a Box community outreach morning
    • Winter Clothing Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • Earth Week, April 2020 Sustainability Efforts
  • Sixth Age

    LS Pillars Class -
    Sixth Age students receive weekly lesson taught by both the lower school counselor and the homeroom teachers. Kelso’s Choice, the problem-solving curriculum, remains a focus as does the four Calvert Pillars. In addition, there are lessons about feelings, what to do when they are afraid, manners, mindfulness, and kindness.

    Service Learning for Sixth Age:
    • Three Mornings of Service in Partnership with Fifth Grade
    • Bees for BARCS Animal Shelter, 5K run & 1 mile run
    • Fall Food Drive for Baltimore Hunger Project
    • Holiday Toy Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • The Water Project & Walk for Water, A Partnership with 5th Grade
    • MLK Day of Service
    • Winter Clothing Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • Earth Week, April 2020 Sustainability Efforts

    Sixth Grade Peer Ed -
    As an element of our Sixth Grade Leadership Course, our Sixth Grade Peer Educators lead quarterly Sixth Age classes on character development and identity. 
  • Seventh Age

    LS Pillars Class -
    Students in the Seventh Age have character class with the school counselor and the homeroom teachers. In addition to going in-depth about the meanings of the four Calvert Pillars, students learn about themselves as unique individuals and the importance of respecting everyone’s unique characteristics. They work on active listening, being bucket fillers, and what to do about worry and stress.

    Service Learning for Seventh Age:
    • Three Mornings of Service in Partnership with Eighth Grade
    • Bees for BARCS Animal Shelter, 5K run & 1 mile run, Partnership with Eighth Grade
    • Fall Food Drive for Baltimore Hunger Project
    • Holiday Toy Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • MLK Day of Service (January 20, 2020)
    • Cool School Schools Plunge Special Olympics Maryland, Partnership with Eighth Grade
    • Winter Clothing Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • Earth Week, April 2020 Sustainability Efforts
  • Eighth Age

    LS Pillars Class -
    The school counselor and the homeroom teachers engage the students in character education. In Eighth Age, students learn about the difference between teasing and bullying, how to stand up for peers who need support, practice using positive, assertive communication, and celebrate different traditions around the world. They examine the roles of a bystander, a bully, and a victim in a book series, and learn more about the crucial role of a bystander in standing up to a bully.

    Service Learning for Eighth Age:
    • Three Mornings of Service in Partnership with Seventh Grade
    • Bees for BARCS Animal Shelter, 5K run & 1 mile run
    • Fall Food Drive for Baltimore Hunger Project, Healthy Eating Partnership with 7th Grade (Nutrition Highlight)
    • Holiday Toy Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • MLK Day of Service (January 20, 2020)
    • Winter Clothing Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • Earth Week, April 2020 Sustainability Efforts

  • Ninth Age

    LS Pillars Class -
    Students in Ninth Age have developed into excellent problem-solvers, know what to do with worries, have a solid understanding of empathy, appropriate boundaries, and how to help a friend or classmate in need of support. They look at school scenarios to decide if the issues need adult intervention or if they can solve them between peers.  

    Service Learning for Ninth Age:
    • Three Mornings of Service in Partnership with Sixth Grade
    • Bees for BARCS Animal Shelter, 5K run & 1 mile run
    • Fall Food Drive for Baltimore Hunger Project
    • Holiday Toy Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • MLK Day of Service (January 20, 2020)
    • Cool School Schools Plunge Special Olympics Maryland
    • Winter Clothing Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • Earth Week, April 2020 Sustainability Efforts, Planning Partnership with Sixth Grade.

    Sixth Grade Peer Ed -
    As an element of our Sixth Grade Leadership Course, our Sixth Grade Peer Educators lead monthly Ninth Age classes on character development, team-building, and sustainability. This partnership is highlighted by a full-day end of year retreat to Terrapin Adventures for Collaborative teambuilding with Sixth Grade. 
  • Tenth Age

    LS Pillars Class -
    Classes are taught by the school counselor and homeroom teachers. The focus is on leadership with an emphasis on being a role model, a positive school citizen, a fair and respectful friend, and a student who understands the importance of putting the four Calvert Pillars into action each day. They understand all the layers of diversity that make them who they are and who their classmates are. An appreciation and understanding of all is a core theme.


    Service Learning for Tenth Age:
    • Three Mornings of Service in Partnership with Fifth Age
    • Bees for BARCS Animal Shelter, 5K run & 1 mile run
    • Fall Food Drive for Baltimore Hunger Project, Partnership with Seventh Grade
    • Holiday Toy Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place, Partnership with 7th Grade
    • Share Baby Partnership
    • MLK Day of Service (January 20, 2020)
    • Cool School Schools Plunge Special Olympics Maryland
    • Winter Clothing Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • Earth Week, April 2020 Sustainability Efforts

    Genesee Valley -
    Each October, our Tenth Age spends a day at the Genesee Valley Ropes Course participating in teamwork and problem-solving activities to build camaraderie in our oldest Lower School students.

  • Fifth Grade

    Advisory -
    Each Day 2 provides students with an opportunity to meet in grade-level advisories to connect with one another, cultivate a love of reading, and increase their social-emotional learning and skillsets. Highlights include making and keeping friends, types of teasing, honesty, brain structure, and ways to cultivate a growth mindset. All Middle School students benefit from grade-appropriate information about human development and substance use.

    Middle School Clubs -
    Calvert offers robust clubs program that sponsors popular Fifth Grade offerings such as the school newspaper and First Lego League robotics team. 

    Hives Program -
    New in 2018-2019, our Middle School has created a coeducational, multi-grade activity program to promote community and spirit within all of our students. Each Hive consists of 15-17 students from four grades, and is guided by a team of Eighth Grade Hive Leaders and two faculty advisors. 

    Service Learning for Fifth Grade:
    • Three Mornings of Service in Partnership with Sixth Age
    • Bees for BARCS Animal Shelter, 5K run & 1 mile run
    • Fall Food Drive for Baltimore Hunger Project
    • Holiday Toy Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • MLK Day of Service (January 20, 2020)
    • Cool School Schools Plunge Special Olympics Maryland
    • Winter Clothing Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • Earth Week, April 2020 Sustainability Efforts

    Cornerstone “Water” Project
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    In partnership with The Water Project, our Fifth Grade collaborates each December with our Sixth Age on this meaningful outreach project to build wells in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our Fifth Graders study water issues in Africa as part of a thematic unit associated with the reading of "A Long Walk to Water" by Linda Sue Park.
  • Sixth Grade

    Advisory -
    Each Day 2 provides students with an opportunity to meet in grade-level advisories to connect with one another, cultivate a love of reading, and increase their social-emotional learning and skillsets. Sixth grade students continue to explore healthy friendships, changing social groups, strategies to navigate conflict, and ways of cultivating a growth mindset. All middle school students benefit from grade-appropriate information about human development and substance use.

    Elevate Baltimore -
    In partnership with The Middle Grades Partnership (MGP) and its 18 Baltimore-area members schools, the Institute for Leadership & Purpose at Calvert School spearheads a school year leadership program for 200 MGP students entitled Elevate Baltimore. This program promotes leadership development in public, private, and charter school students, and links MGP and Calvert to Baltimore City leaders who are experts in public service, advocacy, and social entrepreneurship. Approximately 30 Calvert students participate in Elevate Baltimore. 

    Sixth Grade Leadership Class -
    Our leadership course introduces Sixth Graders to the responsibilities and rewards of becoming leaders. Central to this course is our Peer Education Program, which offers monthly opportunities for these students to mentor our Sixth and Ninth Age students. 

    Earth Week -
    As a component of our Sixth Grade Environmental Science course, our Sixth Graders plan and facilitate our school-wide Earth Week Celebration each April. A key element of this cross-divisional themed week is a partnership with our Ninth Age. 

    Middle School Clubs
    -
    Calvert offers robust clubs program that sponsors popular Sixth Grade offerings such as the school newspaper, school yearbook, First Lego League robotics team, and Students for Sustainability. 

    Hives Program -
    New in 2018-2019, our middle school has created a coeducational, multi-grade activity program to promote community and spirit within all of our students. Each Hive consists of 15-17 students from four grades and is guided by a team of Eighth Grade Hive Leaders and two faculty advisors. 

    Service Learning for Sixth Grade:
    • Three Mornings of Service in Partnership with Ninth Age
    • Bees for BARCS Animal Shelter, 5K run & 1 mile run
    • Fall Food Drive for Baltimore Hunger Project
    • Holiday Toy Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • MLK Day of Service (January 20, 2020)
    • Cool School Schools Plunge Special Olympics Maryland
    • Winter Clothing Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • Earth Week, April 2020 Sustainability Efforts, Planning Partnership with Ninth Age.

    Sixth Grade Peer Ed -
    As an element of our 6th Grade Leadership Course, our Sixth Grade Peer Educators lead monthly Ninth Age classes on character development, team-building, and sustainability. This partnership is highlighted by a full-day end of year retreat to Terrapin Adventures for Collaborative team-building with Sixth Grade. 

    Cornerstone “Sustainability” Project -
    In the Spring of 2018, we launched a Sixth Grade month-long thematic unit focused on food production and sustainable development. Our Sixth Graders travel to Cylburn Arboretum and work with local experts through a Design Thinking Process to cultivate strategies to improve food security in our community.
  • Seventh Grade

    Advisory -
    Each Day 2 provides students with an opportunity to meet in grade-level advisories to connect with one another, cultivate a love of reading, and increase social-emotional learning and skillsets. Seventh Grade students consider more deeply the characteristics of healthy relationships and how to advocate for oneself, develop resilience, and handle their worries. All Middle School students benefit from grade-appropriate information about human development and substance use.

    Mountain Institute -
    In partnership with Experience Learning and the Spruce Knob Mountain Institute in West Virginia, each September two dozen Seventh Grade students choose to attend a four-day wilderness expedition that builds resilience, teamwork, and leadership skills in participants. 

    Food Drive 
    In partnership with the Baltimore Hunger Project, our Seventh Grade collaborates each October on this meaningful outreach project to support the children in Baltimore City and County who face food insecurity.  

    Ambassadors -
    Our Seventh Grade students have the opportunity to serve as school ambassadors at a variety of school events throughout the year. This includes Calvert Kitchen & Multicultural Night, Prospective Parents Night, New Students Welcome, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Family Movie Night, Lower School Track and Field Day and of course, Family Bingo Night. Our Seventh Graders are actively involved at each of these events in recruiting new families and making connections with Lower School students and parents. 

    Middle School Clubs -
    Calvert offers robust clubs program that sponsors popular Seventh Grade offerings such as the school yearbook, Students for Sustainability, the Service Club, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Club, and the Model United Nations Club.

    Hives Program -
    New in 2018-2019, our Middle School has created a coeducational, multi-grade activity program to promote community and spirit within all of our students. Each Hive consists of 15-17 students from four grades and is guided by a team of Eighth Grade Hive Leaders and two faculty advisors.

    Service Learning for 7th Grade:
    • Three Mornings of Service in Partnership with Eighth Age
    • Bees for BARCS Animal Shelter, 5K run & 1 mile run
    • Fall Food Drive for Baltimore Hunger Project, Healthy Eating Partnership with Eighth Age (Nutrition Highlight)
    • Holiday Toy Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • MLK Day of Service (January 20, 2020)
    • Winter Clothing Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • Earth Week, April 2020 Sustainability Efforts
  • Eighth Grade

    Advisory
    Each Day 2 provides students with an opportunity to meet in grade-level advisories to connect with one another, cultivate a love of reading, and increase social-emotional learning and skillsets. Eighth Grade students consider strategies to manage stress, the benefits of gratitude, the importance of empathy, and how to make choices that are good for them and others. All Middle School students benefit from grade-appropriate information about human development and substance use.
     
    Leadership Launch
    Each August, we host Eighth Grade Leadership Launch as an opportunity to prime our oldest students for a successful year of academics and community life. This event welcomes Outward Bound for team-building activities, guest speakers on community-building, and provides time for Eighth Graders and faculty to thoughtfully plan clubs and Hives events in the fall. 
     
    Placement
    Embedded in our Eighth Grade experience is comprehensive placement program that builds confidence in our oldest students as they face the high school interview process with poise and purpose. 
     
    Reflections
    Throughout the school year, every one of our Eighth Grade students delivers an inspiring “reflection” at a Middle School assembly in front of our middle school community. This tradition builds confidence in our Eighth Graders, and character in our younger students. 
     
    Captains
    Each April, our Seventh Grade students apply to be school leaders through a detailed application process that has written and interview components. Students are given feedback throughout and after the process are placed as Leadership Captains for Fine Arts, Admissions, Service, Student Life, Athletics, and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Clubs. As Eighth Graders, these students serve as club leaders, mentors, and ambassadors at school events. Each group of Captains has two faculty mentors who guide them annually. 
     
    Bees for BARCS
    In partnership with the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter, our Eighth Grade collaborates each October with our Fifth Age on this meaningful 5K race and to support homeless and rescue animals in our community. 
     
    Cool Schools Plunge
    In partnership with the Special Olympics of Maryland, our Seventh Age collaborates each January with our Eighth Grade on this meaningful outreach project to support the Polar Bear Plunge and Special Olympics athletes. 
     
    Middle School Clubs
    Calvert offers robust clubs program that sponsors popular Seventh Grade offerings such as the school yearbook, the Service Club, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Club, and the Model United Nations Club.
     
    Hives Program
    New in 2018-2019, our Middle School has created a coeducational, multi-grade activity program to promote community and spirit within all of our students. Each Hive consists of 15-17 students from four grades and is guided by a team of Eighth Grade Hive Leaders and two faculty advisors. 
     
    Service Learning for Eighth Grade:
    • Three Mornings of Service in Partnership with Seventh Age
    • Bees for BARCS Animal Shelter, 5K run & 1 mile run, Partnership with Fifth Age & Seventh Age.
    • Fall Food Drive for Baltimore Hunger Project
    • Holiday Toy Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • MLK Day of Service (January 20, 2020)
    • Cool School Schools Plunge Special Olympics Maryland, Partnership with Seventh Age
    • Winter Clothing Drive for Hampden Family Center & Paul’s Place
    • Earth Week, April 2020 Sustainability Efforts
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