Calvert's Physical Education classes emphasize collaboration, working together for a goal, and respect for self and others. Additionally, students learn cooperation and teamwork to use on the athletic fields and in the classroom. The rules and history of different sports are also a part of the learning. Physical Education is taught during the day and is closely aligned to the optional intramural and interscholastic sports offered at Calvert.
As a continuation of their foreign language studies in the lower school, fifth and sixth graders focus on basic language skills: comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students participate in a variety of activities and projects to communicate and understand simple greetings, expressions, grammatical concepts, and communicate about topics of everyday life. In Seventh and Eighth Grades, students engage in more complex activities, dialogues and projects to further develop communication skills and cultural awareness.
The Middle School offers a core arts program in grades five through eight, emphasizing the fundamentals of visual and performing arts. In eighth grade, students select their fine arts classes to study in more depth for a semester.
In Studio Art students are introduced to relief printmaking, the concepts of negative space and contrast, collages, self-portraits, charcoal still life drawings, and acrylic paintings on canvas. They practice observational drawing skills while focusing on the art elements line and value. Art projects often connect with topics studied in history, English, science and geography.
Music classes are designed to teach students how to read, perform and interpret music. Students will use different types of instruments as well as the voice as tools for exploring music. Fifth grade will play melodic and rhythm percussion instruments as they review melody, beat and rhythm. In sixth grade the ukulele will be used by students as they begin the study of harmony and learn to play an accompaniment to a melody. Seventh and eighth graders will use guitar as a medium for the study of chord progressions, style and ensemble playing.
In Drama, students participate in the production of a play from acting to set design to the technical aspects of production. They produce their play and perform to the Calvert community at the end of the semester. In addition, in the winter trimester, sixth-eighth grade students perform a full-scale musical with costumes, singing, and choreography.