Academics
The Institute for Leadership & Purpose

Philosophy & Curriculum

The heart of the Institute is seeing all elements of school life through the lens of leadership development. The Institute for Leadership & Purpose at Calvert School oversees program development and academic integration for character, service, diversity, and global outreach initiatives at Calvert School. As one school, both divisions engage in the process, design, education, and execution of meaningful and collaborative projects. School-wide leadership programming is embedded in curricula and is grounded in current research and best practices. The Institute provides a variety of learning and professional opportunities for Calvert School students, faculty, and staff, as well as those of area schools.
With this in mind, the Institute prioritizes the following Leadership Lenses:

Identity & Values 
To discover one’s voice and values through mindfulness and reflection. To become a whole person with a whole heart.

Community Engagement
To gain a sense of ownership, responsibility, and purpose within our school community. To learn and practice fundamental leadership skills in a nurturing environment.

Service Learning 
To connect with our neighbors, our city, and across the world through hands-on service experiences. To gain the confidence to be partners in change.

Global Perspectives
To understand oneself as a global citizen. To relate peacefully, with empathy and understanding across cultures.

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

    Character Classes - 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 a focus of the classes as well.

    Bees for BARCS - In partnership with the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter, our Fifth Age collaborates each October with our Eighth Grade on this meaningful 5K race and to support homeless and rescue animals in our community.

    Holiday Toy Drive - In partnership with local community organizations Paul’s Place and Hampden Family Center, our Fifth Age collaborates each December with our Eighth Age and Middle School Service Club on this meaningful outreach project to support local families and children in need.
  • Sixth Age

    Character Classes - 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, and kindness.

    Walk for Water - In partnership with The Water Project, our Sixth Age collaborates each December with our Fifth Grade on this meaningful outreach project to build wells in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    School & Art Supply Drive
    - In partnership with Bags of Love, our Sixth Age collaborates each Spring with our Eighth Age and Fifth Grade on this meaningful outreach project to support global areas in need of support after natural disasters.
  • Seventh Age

    Character Classes -  Students in the Seventh Age have character class with the school counselor and homeroom teachers. In addition to going in depth on the meaning 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.

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

    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.

    Sixth Grade Peer Ed
    - As an element of our Sixth Grade Leadership Course, our Sixth Grade Peer Educators lead monthly Seventh Age classes on character development and team-building.
     

  • Eighth Age

    Character Classes -  Eighth Age students learn about the difference between teasing and bullying, learn how to stand up for peers who need support, practice using I-messages in positive communication, and celebrate different traditions around the world.

    Holiday Toy Drive - In partnership with local community organizations Paul’s Place and Hampden Family Center, our Fifth Age collaborates each December with our Eighth Age and Middle School Service Club on this meaningful outreach project to support local families and children in need.

    School & Art Supply Drive - In partnership with Bags of Love, our Sixth Age collaborates each Spring with our Eighth Age and Fifth Grade on this meaningful outreach project to support global areas in need of support after natural disasters.

    Sixth Grade Peer Ed - As an element of our Sixth Grade Leadership Course, our Sixth Grade Peer Educators lead monthly Seventh Age classes on character development and team-building.


  • Ninth Age

    Character Classes - Students 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.

    Fall Nature Day - Each November, our Ninth Age collaborates with our Sixth Grade and our Students for Sustainability Club to create a day of environmental service to beautify our city.

    Earth Week - Each April, our Ninth Age collaborates with our Sixth Grade and our Students for Sustainability Club to create a fun, interactive Earth Week Celebration.

    Sixth Grade Peer Ed - As an element of our Sixth Grade Leadership Course, our Sixth Grade Peer Educators lead monthly 9th Age classes on character development and team-building.
     
     
  • Tenth Age

    Character Classes - Classes focus 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.

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

    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 skill sets. 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.

    Walk for Water - In partnership with The Water Project, our Fifth Grade collaborates each December with our 6th 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.

    School Supply Drive
    - In partnership with Bags of Love, our Fifth Grade collaborates each Spring with our Sixth Age and Eight Age on this meaningful outreach project to support global areas in need of support after natural disasters.

    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. Get it? “Hives” - We are the Mighty Bees after all!
  • 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 skill sets. 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.

    Envision Baltimore - In partnership with The Middle Grades Partnership (MGP) and its 18 Baltimore area-members schools, the Institute for Leadership & Purpose at Calvert School is spearheading a new school year leadership program for 200 MGP students entitled "Envision 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 25 Calvert students participate in Envision Baltimore.

    Sixth Grade Leadership Class 
    - New in 2018, 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 Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Age students.

    Fall Nature Day
    - Each November, our Sixth Grade collaborates with our Ninth Age and our Students for Sustainability Club to create a day of environmental service to beautify our city.

    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.

    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. Get it? “Hives” - We are the Mighty Bees after all!
  • 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 skill sets. 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 with our Seventh Age and Tenth Age on this meaningful outreach project to support the children in Baltimore City and County who face food insecurity.

    Envision Baltimore
    - In partnership with The Middle Grades Partnership and its 18 Baltimore area members schools, the Institute for Leadership & Purpose at Calvert School is spearheading a new school year leadership program for 200 MGP students entitled Envision 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 25 Calvert students participate in Envision Baltimore.

    Sandy Spring Adventure Course
    - Each October, our entire Seventh Grade spends a day at the Sandy Springs Adventure Course working collaboratively on team-building and problem-solving activities. This day prepares them for growing into school-wide leaders in their final two years.

    Holiday Toy Drive
    - In partnership with local community organizations Paul’s Place and Hampden Family Center, our Middle School Service Club collaborates each December with our Fifth Age and Eighth Age on this meaningful outreach project to support local families and children in need.

    Clothing Drive - In partnership with Paul’s Place, our Seventh Grade collaborates each January with our Tenth Age and Middle School Service Club on this meaningful project to supply clothing, jackets, and backpacks to the homeless and in-need members of our city’s community.

    City Project - In the Spring of 2017, we launched a Seventh 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.

    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, the Honey Festival, 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.

    World Leadership School - In partnership with the World Leadership School, a select group of our Seventh Grade students spend ten days in Costa Rica each June collaborating with a local school and assisting in service and educational projects.

    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. Get it “Hives” - We are the Mighty Bees after all!
     
  • 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 skill sets. 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 - In August 2018, we added an 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.

    Envision Baltimore
    - In partnership with The Middle Grades Partnership and its 18 Baltimore area members schools, the Institute for Leadership & Purpose at Calvert School is spearheading a new school year leadership program for 200 MGP students entitled Envision 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 25 Calvert students participate in Envision Baltimore.

    Bees for BARCS
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    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. Get it? “Hives” - We are the Mighty Bees after all!
     
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