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Since its founding in 1896, Calvert has been dedicated to providing the highest quality education possible. Calvert Homeschool offers self-paced learning for students with step-by-step lesson plans for parents. Colorful print curriculum is available for grades K-2, and interactive online courses for grades 3-12 allow parents to customize learning for each child. Homeschooling with teacher support is also available through the fully accredited Calvert Academy.

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  1. Calvert Review by Annette
    Grades Used: K-8

    I used Calvert homeschool curriculum (grades K-8) for 19 years to homeschool our four children and loved it. My youngest child finished 8th grade with the 2017-2018 school year, so my review does not include the current Calvert curriculum as I have no experience with it.

    I liked that everything we needed was shipped to the house— textbooks, workbooks, lesson manuals, supplies. The lesson manuals were easy to use, and the curriculum was thorough. I especially liked the emphasis on writing skills. (In college my oldest daughter was asked by a professor where she learned to write so well!)

    The education counselors were very helpful whenever I called with a question.

    I was happy with he Calvert experience that we had.

  2. Calvert Review by Trina Seunarine
    Pros: Helpful teachers
    Cons: Math book needs to show work for solving problems.

    Grades Used: 6

    Hello my name is Trina. I enrolled my son in the 6th grade curriculum with teaching assurance. It has been incredible. I was terrified taking o homeschooling but they make it so easy. The teachers are helpful and grade assignments quickly with good reviews. It helps me know if my son is on the right track with learning. I’m really impressed with the program and we will be continuing for 7th grade.

  3. Calvert Review by Matt
    Pros: www.calvertforschools.com - Thumbs up
    Cons: www.calverteducation.com - Thumbs down

    Grades Used: prek - 6th

    Depends on which Calvert you are talking about:

    1. http://www.Calvert Education.com – The “Calvert Education” brand is now apparently not associated with the 100+ year old Calvert Education Services or The Calvert School. Is apparently now owned and run by GlynLyon / Odysseyware and rebranded as “Calvert Academy”. It is online only and requires you to complete a plethora of “projects”. So you really have no flexibility. Interaction with their “teachers” is robust and frequent as they grade everything you submit. Doesn’t leave for much flexibility on how much time you spend on each particular topic. For example you might spend hours or days on these projects that you as a home school parent don’t feel are worth the time investment and you could be better served focusing on other topics. But they are required so you have no choice. The material and online lessons are dry and dull. The students disliked it.

    2. http://www.CalvertLearning.com / http://www.calvertforschools.com – This is still apparently associated with the Calvert School and the 100+ year old Calvert you are familiar with. They used to offer Calvert ATS, where you did all of your work with real books and supplemented with online activities and checkpoints. The online activities and check points are optional. You have a great deal of flexibility in where you spend your time and on which topics you cover in more detail. All you have to do to is be able to pass the tests every 20 lessons. This is the best of both worlds. An accredited program, online optional work, and flexibility in your daily work. Unfortunately this no longer appears to be available to home school parents directly. Not sure if it is available at all? They still have a contact page where you can inquire. https://calvertforschools.com/contact-us

  4. Calvert Review by Ivey
    Cons: Not what they advertise, no longer real Calvert.

    Grades Used: 1st

    The Calvert Education name for homeschooling was sold to the company that now owns Odysseyware. It is now only Calvert by name. This new company has treated Calvert’s existing homeschool customers horribly and have tried to hide the change in curriculum and ownership from us. It is now an ALL online untested unknown curriculum. The only way to get the Calvert of the last few years is through a Calvert Learning public charter school. The old Calvert that existed for decades no longer exist other than buying used books online. We are currently customers using the Calvert 2018-2019 curriculum which is available next year only through public Calvert charter schools and I do not recommend it either. For 1st grade there is very little grammar, no phonics practice, no spelling. No english/reading worksheets at all. I have had to supplement a lot. I guess as a free charter resource it might not be bad depending on the public school requirements, just know you will HAVE to supplement the English portion and what is provided is repetitive busy work. I do not recommend anything bearing the Calvert name unless it is more than a couple years old.

  5. Calvert Review by Laura
    Pros: None
    Cons: credit recovery program

    Grades Used: 1,2

    We’ve used Calvert for 2 years (1st and 2nd grade) and we were lucky enough to use the “old Calvert” curriculum.
    We were about to enroll for 3rd grade this year when the new changes took over and we found out that Calvert was sold to GlynLyon and using Odysseyware – a credit recovering program that has a very bad reputation.
    Moreover, their textbook option is completely gone for grades 3 and up. Everything is now online.

    The old Calvert was great but these new changes made us look somewhere else. If you’re looking for a solid program just look someplace else. The old, rigorous Calvert is gone.

  6. Calvert Review by Karen Watson
    Pros: Old, book based curriculum is rigorous and enjoyable
    Cons: new online curriculum is repetitive, boring with poor customer service

    Grades Used: K-7

    We have used Calvert Curriculum with the ATS for my four children for grades K-7 with good success.
    HOWEVER, in the past two years, the curriculum has changed significantly as the company has changed hands. The curriculum has gone from a book / paper / writing / rhetoric based curriculum with emphasis on critical thinking to a fully online / no books / no paper / no ATS “virtual school”.
    We have been able to use our “Old Calvert” curriculum (before the changes to an online program) with excellent success with all our kids. The new, online curriculum looks very much like a credit recovery program and the Calvert Homeschool customer support has been poor and we will NOT be continuing.
    With the changes and the terrible communication about these changes from Calvert, we will only be using our old Calvert curriculums. I cannot recommend the new Calvert based on the recovery software/Odysseyware-like program and the terrible treatment of their current homeschool families.
    Caveat emptor.

  7. Calvert Review by Shaneequa
    Pros: Excellent
    Cons: None

    Grades Used: K-5

    I can attest to the success of children being homeschooled. When my mom realized how the Public Education System was failing my brother, my sister and myself she opted to homeschool us, from elementary through high school. I also received my Bachelor Degree online. As soon as I realized I was expecting my first child, there was no hesitation to homeschool my son. I’m glad I chose Calvert, throughout my son’s school years, the Calvert staff and teachers have given their full support. When we go to Museums and other excursions my son wears his Calvert clothing (Polos, sweater, Pants, and FleeceJacket) with the Calvert Emblem on the clothing. People always question us about the school, and they’re surprised when we tell them, Calvert is a private school and about the curriculum. I’ve given parent Calverts contact information. I can say I’m very happy with Calvert and plan to continue my son’s education now and through High School.

  8. Calvert Review by Drenda Galeotti
    Pros: flexibility to learn at your own pace, supplement your learning and on hand review
    Cons: units choppy, we extended each lesson further than required

    Grades Used: 6 & 8

    I really am grateful for the flexibility of home teaching with the Calvert homeschool curriculum (with the ATS (advisory teaching service). The first time I used the courses was to complete my daughters second half a 6th grade when we moved across the country. We enjoyed the ease of accessing the information both within the textbooks and online, weaving the most comprehensive experience for her without having to repeat work that she had already completed. After that, we used the textbooks and the ability to access the courses online well into her seventh grade year as review. As soon as my daughter identified that the work that she was being given in eighth grade, did seem robust enough to meet the challenges of high school, we reached out again for the online courses only to use a a supplement and review yet again. Calvert has designed a program through the grades that serve the student brilliantly and one that is easy for the student to navigate even on their own. Thank you.

  9. Calvert Review by Long Time User
    Grades Used: 4,6,8

    I have used Calvert homeschool curriculum with ATS (advisory teaching service) for 13 years. (yes, we have 7 children and we have used their program exclusively with multiple children enrolled year after year). This will be our last year. We have accepted the slow progressive changes to the program over the past decade, however the changes in the last year and planned changes for next year are too drastic and intolerable. The program is completely for profit and appealing to public school dictated state requirements and to be honest the curriculum has incorporated inappropriate video links and set ridiculous requirements. They have completely crossed boundaries. To restate, we have have been adapting to the changes in good faith. It’s just no longer a good program incorporating morals or academics. The one advisory teacher was so difficult to work with (my 9 year old daughter’s 4th grade advisory teacher) that we had asked for a different teacher. Their response was we will not accommodate your request. You won’t get a refund, but you may discontinue the program if you wish. For the rest of the year we did not communicate with the ATS teacher…this was since Thanksgiving! But, my daughter finished the year with completion certificates for each class. So disappointing. It truly was a great program. Not anymore!

  10. Calvert Review by Wendy
    Pros: Accredited, Challenging, Teacher Support, Secular and Science-based
    Cons: Not a huge selection of electives; can be pricey

    Grades Used: 4-11

    We have always homeschooled. When my children were little, I used a variety of homeschooling curriculum, including Oak Meadow and Saxon Math and Phonics. However, when my oldest was in sixth grade and her sisters in fourth, we switched to Calvert and never looked back. The support is awesome and the curriculum is challenging. We had an algebra tutor who said that the “regular” algebra from Calvert was comparable to Honors algebra in a public high school.

    Yes, it’s a little more expensive. They offer sales and a sibling discount. It’s worth the investment.

  11. Calvert Review by Aletha Parent
    Grades Used: 1-7

    I loved Calvert. I homeschooled my daughter from 1st grade thru 7th grade using their ATS and Calvert’s curriculum of books and online resources. It was such a warm, loving experience. And than….it went corporate. They sold out to a cold corporate entity. No more books, no more discounts to the poor, single moms with no support from their dead beat dads. Even their website is shallow, grey and cold. It’s so depressing to lose such a wonderful friend to my childs education. Prices skyrocketed so only the rich can afford to homeschool. Good-bye Calvert! You’ll be belly up in a few years as your CEO’s collect all the money they can, realize it’s not working and either sell out or go bankrupt like so many other failed corporations. Ya don’t need a crystal ball to foresee that one coming.

  12. Calvert Review by Vanessa
    Pros: None
    Cons: Online only, not homeschooling, is odysseyware with calverts name on it. Bad customer service.

    Grades Used: K, 2

    We started our Homeschooling journey in fall 2018. We used it for 2nd and K. I liked the interface but the books provided were overpriced through Calvert. They could have been purchased for half the price on amazon.

    It was very English heavy and was too much work at times. The grammar and spelling was weak or non existent. I had to supplement with other curriculum. The books provided very little reading and really varied from too easy and short to too advanced. I ended up using the same assignment for different books through another curriculum because they would ask you to read the same book 5-6 times. It was ridiculous.

    The science interactive components no longer work and tech has been working on it forever. They said they fixed it then said the email was sent in error. They provide links for videos and the speaker has such a heavy accent it is heard to understand. They rely on things that are free. It still doesn’t work. It is very dry and boring. Social studies is also very boring. We ditched it.

    Health was boring and the videos were miserable to listen to. The cadence of the speaker was so boring and monotonous I can’t believe people pay for that. Art was ok.

    The worst part of all of this is I worked out all the kinks and knew how to make it work for us and without notice they sold the company and the new company won’t even admit it. THEY WERE BOUGHT BY NORTHWELD/GLYNLYON/OFYSSEYWARE. The treatment of the customers is horrible and the lack of transparency. They lied and still don’t admit they aren’t even the same company.

    I sat through the seminar on the academy and it is ODYSSEYWARE down to the teachers having email from the company. It is no different than odysseyware. They read a boring passage and answer questions. They get to talk to the teacher but they raise their hand and wait their turn like a real class. Parents aren’t even needed apparently. It is OW with calverts name slapped on it. They have no idea what the homeschool option is. Still in development but based on customer service, I doubt it is good.

    We are piecing together a curriculum next year. OLD CALVERT IS DEAD. They still won’t admit it.

  13. Calvert Review by Stacey Artinian
    Pros: all pros would be past tense so I won't bother
    Cons: digital only, terrible pacing, very little reading, science is a joke, awful customer service

    Grades Used: 1,2,3,4,5

    I have used Calvert for my two children for the past three years. This year will be my last with them for many reasons. Partly because our educational needs have changed but mostly because Calvert is unrecognizable from when I started using it. I started with Calvert because it was well organized and completely offline. I did not want my children on the internet all day. Without notifying their customers (I found through some online sleuthing), they have gone completely digital starting 2019. I am still using the paper workbooks and textbooks from last year but those will no longer be available if you buy now or in the future. I don’t like that they are going only digital but what I like even less is they didn’t say a word about it- if I hadn’t done my own research (checking on glassdoor.com to read how everybody who works there hates it so much) I would have repurchased the curriculum for next year. Besides the massive change to online only, the quality of materials has gone down significantly. The pacing of the math curriculum is maddening- speeding through multiplication (2 weeks only for third grade) and crawling through basic geometry that most kids would know in first grade. Also, the customer service has gone to complete pot this year. In the past, if I had a problem, I could call and get the help I needed often in one phone call. Now, good luck getting anyone on the phone and forget leaving your information, no one will ever call you back. It’s a shame that they have gone downhill so quickly- I believe the massive changes are mostly due to the fact that they have added thousands of charter schools to their programs. And again, they didn’t inform me of this, I had to find out myself. I am switching to Sonlight- a program I know that I can trust not to change on a whim and leave me to find out on my own. Don’t waste your money.

  14. Calvert Review by clara
    Pros: not one
    Cons: unrecognizable from the Calvert a few years prior. complete waste of time and money. zero workbooks. zero response from customer service after numerous complaints. no flow.or freedom in lessons. actually quit using it. spent $2500 on a headache.

    Grades Used: 2nd and 8th this year. 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th in the past

    Calvert was great in years past but has completely changed its format and has only become convoluted and cumbersome at best. when i reached out to Calvert with my utter frustration and disappointment they responded with an explanation of how to “navigate portals” and that I must not understand how to work their new system and find the materials embedded in the lessons. the truth is much more simple. their entire new system is inane. just dumb. they ruined a good thing and offer no apologies and certainly not a refund. we spent $2500 on 6 library books, a massive headache, and brain pop jr. we spent weeks trying to tough it out. Luckily, this is not my first year homeschooling and i have enough of my own materials and experience to draw from, as well as some Calvert (actual) textbooks from years past. awful curriculum, awful customer service, awful experience.

  15. Calvert Review by Debi
    Grades Used: K - 6

    Update to my November review.
    Highly inappropriate materials have been removed from the daily assignments, but are still accessable through the curriculum -as the option to click on them pops up after student views other history videos used in daily assignments.

  16. Calvert Review by Richard Jones
    Pros: Very good curriculim and faculty. Have not had any issues.
    Cons: See Below!

    Grades Used: 5,6,8,9,10 (Skipped 7th)

    My wife and I …and our daughter, LOVE Calvert homeschool. My daughter has been attending for about 5 years… She is in High School Honors classes and just turned 13. She is doing very well. imagine my disgust this morning to find out, by accident, that THEY HAVE SOLD THEIR HOMESCHOOL DIVISION without any notification to parents or students.. and information is not being given to us now that we know.. They say, “They aren’t able to share the details.” WHAT!!! My kid has been going here for 5 years and planned to graduate from here… Parents need to know WHO the school was sold to, what changes will be taking place – if teachers will remain .. Or if we need to find other schools to attend next year. This late in the school year will make it almost impossible to find an alternative school. I’m furious at the secrecy the irresponsibility of how the school is handling this. They are giving parents NO information.

  17. Calvert Review by JennyM
    Pros: Comprehensive and easy to follow manuals
    Cons: Expensive and antiquated technology lessons

    Grades Used: K-7

    We used Calvert with 2 kids—from kindergarten-7th grade. We tried to order 8th grade today and were told it is now an entirely online curriculum. As inconsistent as their online platform is now for HOmeschoolers, I cannot imagine forcing my kids entirely online. We are jumping ship to Moving Beyond the Page.

  18. Calvert Review by Debi
    Cons: Highly inappropriate material

    Grades Used: k - 6, since changes 4th and 6th

    We have used Calvert for 5 years prior to this year. I thouroughly enjoyed the curriculum until this year. They totally revamped the program for the 2018-2019 school. While I understand that there is bound to be problems with such a large overhaul, that is not my concern. The content is. In my 6th graders SS unit, I don’t know how to say this discretely, there was content saying Catherine the Great of Russia died tring to have sex with a horse (not our first problem with highly inappropriate materials). Obviously I do not recommend Calvert Homeschool and am currently trying to figure out what I am going to do for the rest of the school year.

  19. Calvert Review by Erin
    Pros: Secular, BrainPop access
    Cons: Too expensive, not a complete curriculum, lacking old Calvert quality

    Grades Used: 3rd and 5th this year, K-8th previously

    My family has been using the Calvert homeschool curriculum, grades 3 and 5, for the 2018-19 school year for almost 2 months now, and I am ready to throw what there is of it in the trash and start again. We will not be using it again next year. A little background on our history with Calvert: this is the 14th year I have homeschooled my children, and we have exclusively used Calvert for the lower grades. Over the course of 13 full years of using the Calvert curriculum, we have covered the entire range from Kindergarten to 8th grade. We are not new to Calvert. I have always been happy with the education my kids were getting, even as things began to slip the past year or two. This year is an entirely different matter.

    Calvert has revamped their curriculum to the point that it is not recognizable as Calvert anymore. Gone are the rich science and social studies/history texts that covered topics in depth. Now, the texts provided give a few paragraphs on a subject and ask the kids to learn more by doing a project. The projects can be done by a single student, but, based on the manuals, they appear to be geared towards a classroom setting because students are encouraged to share their work/ideas/findings with other students. This curriculum was obviously not put together with the single homeschool student in mind.

    The enrichment subjects that augmented a student’s learning and became a highlight of the school day, like Greek mythology in 3rd grade, have been replaced with a physical education subject, most of which used to be covered in science.

    Grammar and spelling are a thing of the past. There may be a paragraph or two in the manual each day regarding some grammar rules, but often the rules they introduce are glossed over so there is no real understanding of them. Forget about being able to put the rules into practice. There are no workbooks, worksheets, or any form of practical usage in which to apply the rules and build a solid foundation in grammar. Spelling does not exist. At all. My kids actually asked me to supplement spelling for them because they missed it – and this is a subject that one of them doesn’t even particularly like. When kids can see something is lacking in their education, there is a problem with the curriculum.

    One bright spot is that Calvert has kept its own art curriculum. Unfortunately, even if you bought the physical books for the 2018-19 curriculum, like we did, the art text is not included. It is only available online, and the links to the current chapter take you to the beginning of the book, so you have to scroll down to get to the appropriate chapter. Every. Time. This might not be an issue for the first couple of chapters, but there is no reason why a student should have to scroll through an entire book to get to the last chapters. Luckily, my family has a physical copy of the book from previous years, so this is not an issue for us, but it would be a great annoyance if we did not have that available.

    In their quest to push everything online, the Navigator that students can use to access their daily schedule and online materials, such as videos and texts, is fairly useless. Calvert does not, in my view, provide adequate assessments anymore. There used to be short online quizzes for each subject that students could take after covering that day’s material. Then there would be longer online quizzes at the end of a unit that were used to review material before taking an in-depth, offline test on the material that had been covered to that point. I’m not one for subjecting kids to a lot of testing, but providing the short quizzes did allow the students to see if they were understanding the material. Now, the only assessment on a daily basis for a large portion of the material is answering the question, “How well do you feel you understand the concepts from this lesson part?”. There are some longer quizzes that briefly review material at the end of a unit but no formal tests, which may or may not be a positive, depending on your view of testing.

    Links to videos, activities, and online articles are often broken. They either won’t open a page, or if they do, the page is broken, or it is the wrong page, or it requires a login, or the page is filled with ads, or the video just won’t play. A lot of time is being wasted with a poor product. BrainPop is a big hit in our household, though, so there’s that.

    The Navigator also does not allow the home teacher to clear out assessments, so if a student enters a manual answer, that day’s lesson will always stay as pending. I guess Calvert is expecting all of its students to use the ATS program.

    Manuals are filled with errors. It is obvious that no one took the time to proofread them with mistakes like the following sentence being common: “What do ou think it are?” That’s an easy mistake to just laugh off, but when the manuals consistently get the page numbers for math work wrong, too much time is wasted trying to figure out what information is supposed to be covered and what workbook pages are supposed to be used. Quite often, titles that are used in the manual for subjects such as English, science, and social studies do not match titles that are used in the texts, so, again, a lot of time is wasted trying to get your kids on, literally, the same page as you.

    As a long-time Calvert user, I am disappointed to say that I can no longer recommend it to anyone. The company has decided to put profits over performance, and it shows. The program is too expensive for what it provides, and your money would be better spent putting together your own curriculum.

  20. Calvert Review by Candice
    Pros: Lessons are all planned out for you
    Cons: So much busy work

    Grades Used: Preschool-4th grade

    Let me preface this by saying that I was a Calvert homeschool kid. Most of my relatives were also Calvert kids. We all transitioned easily into college, which was the biggest reason why I choose Calvert for my kids. But we won’t be coming back next year. They switched to a new “project based learning” model which might as well be code for massive amounts of busy work. I’ll give an example, my 1st grader was assigned to read/listen to the children’s book Stella Luna every day for several days. The point was to be able to understand plot/characters etc. He understood that on the 1st day. Every day after that just made us both hate the poor book. Also there is no phonics, for my 1st grader! There are, however daily paragraphs assigned for him to write. Similar issues with my 4th grader. She has no spelling words assigned, and once you wade through the ocean of busywork; math, history, and geography are a solid 1-2 years below what she last year in Calvert 3rd grade. I’m so very disappointed. This is not the private school education on a budget that it used to be. It’s public school busy work that’s even been dumbed down. I had two kids who loved school, now they dred it.

  21. Calvert Review by Rod
    Pros: None
    Cons: Tons

    Grades Used: K-1

    I highly recommend staying away from this program. That is, unless you want to spend a ton of time(wasted time) trying to figure out how to use it, want your child to be bored, enjoy unnecessary repetition, have 8 solid hours a day to commit, have no other children also needing attention, want your home schooled child to be bombarded with public school propaganda and more.

    I am so disappointed in Calvert I am considering spending time setting up a Facebook page and a couple other avenues to warn parents to avoid this program.

    I badly want to go another direction but they don’t give refunds and we used(wasted) our funds for the year so we are stuck.

  22. Calvert Review by Julia
    Pros: they use to be better
    Cons: Confusing platform, expensive for the quality of the material

    Grades Used: Kindergarten thru 5th

    I used Calvert Kindergarten-5th Grade. We are in our 5th Grade year now. I have witnessed the steady decline of Calvert over the last three years. They changed their format to a more online presence. It used to be a nice blend of books and online. I am a single working mom and I was happy to pay more for Calvert as they made my life so much easier. The curriculum was solid and all organized for me. Now, however, that has all changed. The schedule is all online and very confusing to follow. I spend a lot of time looking for links that don’t exist. Most the time the videos that I spent 15 looking for are a one minute and thirty seconds long and not worth the effort. They have made a decision to switch most of their academics to online only. The people, like myself, who still value books and working offline are finding this to be a very difficult transition. The schedules exist online, and is confusing anyway. So I gave up on that and decided to course out my own schedule. Which, was the reason I wanted to do Calvert in the first place. After a few days of working in the 5th Grade curriculum it is sub par what I have experienced in the past. I was so dissatisfied with their Social Studies and Science curriculum I decided to drop those. It was as if someone just copied from an Encyclopedia. It was very dry and not written in an engaging or even interesting way. There are so many better programs for those subject for much cheaper. Next year I will not continue with Calvert. The quality of their support, education and platform have all gone down hill. Which is very upsetting for someone who thought we would use Calvert from Kinder through high school. I feel like they are choosing profit over product right now. I would not recommend them.

  23. Calvert Review by Anna JJ
    Pros: all-in-one box of school. great history & tradition with the name.
    Cons: too much busy work. not enough basics. too time-intensive

    Grades Used: k-3 this time, k-7 and 5-8 used in the 90's, royal road used in the '50's.

    it’s okay, but disappointing compared to the Calvert of old.

    my grandmother was in the Calvert day school as a child, she purchased their ‘royal road’ devices and some other helps to assist my dad when he was a child, and my brother and I were both fully homeschooled with Calvert in the late 1980’s and early ’90’s.

    now my mom is using Calvert with my nephew who is 8. She started with Kindergarten and they’re now up to 3rd grade. Compared to the older version this has basically been dissapointing. We love that everything you need still arrives in the box. Unfortunately this is so strongly geared to checking all the boxes and looking exactly like a public school. It is filled with extraneous, unnecessary extra ‘busy work’ with lots of pages to fill in and tons of ‘make a chart. fill in a graph’ while missing out on some key foundations that should be there for a true Classical education. There was WAAAY WAY too much writing at far to early an age. There should have been copywork and fun story reading instead of this making up stories. Mom has cut out things along the way to try and handle this problem with math and writing. Meanwhile there should be more basic memorization, and less insistence on learning sheer masses of data. it is so like modern curricula that try to teach STEM and all kinds of things that amount to parlor tricks done by a child whose brain isn’t developed to understand and manipulate and truly use that information yet.

    It sadly contains most of what we look to avoid by homeschooling. We want more time with the sand table, poking sticks in the woods, and going along with the adults on errands, and less time wasted in needless form fill-ins. more memorization of times tables, less coloring of picture graphs. more foundation, less flimsy styrofoam-style walls of clever information that ultimately means nothing.

    More of Hillyer’s amazing designs for things like art history, grammar, truly basic math skills, mythology, etc. Less of the modern nonsense and fewer textbooks that clearly are marketed straight for classroom use in the dysfunctional American modern school system. More latin (or preferably Greek), less first-grade science. A lot of the things included are great for middle & high school but simply don’t need to be included in the youngest grades.

    We want school to fit our lives and this has been 3 and a half years of tying ourselves in knots to fit life around the school. too many books, 5x the amount of teacher manuals there should be, and just plain too much. After hoping it would change we are now giving up for 4th grade and will be shopping other curricula.

    Unfortunately there are sections of this we intended to use with the second child. We were told we’d be able to purchase re-supply kits of just the consumable items for child # 2 and now have been told they’re overhauling the system and we have to re-purchase the whole thing. UGH. now we have 3 bookcases of saved texts and teacher manuals that are useless??? sad for the planet, and really sad for us.

  24. Calvert Review by Jon
    Pros: Provides a complete and accredited high school education
    Cons: None

    Grades Used: 4-9 and continuing

    My son is a freshman in Calvert and we have used the program since 4th grade. We enjoy the fact that this program is complete, secular and accredited. If you graduate from high school at Calvert you get a real high school diploma. You do not have to explain your homeschool lessons or worry about Calvert is less like homeschool and more like a regular school provided online. We like this format since we have no opposition to traditional schools and only homeschool so that we can travel frequently. With this program you have to do the work. If you like free-range homeschool or simply want to skip lessons, or you do not have the ability to understand and assist your child in learning, this program will probably not work for you. This is especially true at the high school level. That said, even though t the format is rigid, you do have 12 full months to complete any given grade in school. That is plenty of time to slow down where your child is struggling and focus on those areas. Conversely, you can fly through areas your child has already mastered. As with any program there are some quarks but that would be true in any bricks and mortar school too.

  25. Calvert Review by Marlene
    Pros: All online curriculum
    Cons: Expensive, poor communication, no refunds given

    Grades Used: 9-10 ATS

    2nd year with Calvert highschool ATS program.
    We used the middle school ATS full time and really liked it. The highschool transition becomes an all online program which is nice. However the school needs to work out alot of issues still. We did full time for ninth grade and the core classes for tenth. We are just more then half way through and have already dropped 3 of the 4 classes. There are so many problems that we will not be returning after finishing our last class. There is a way too common of a problem with teachers not following the schools policy’s for grading papers on time. We dropped two classes because of this. It’s taking several weeks to get work graded. Also when asking for help one of the teachers would just direct my kid to sources to figure out our on her own. We dropped the history class before even starting it because of how they grade the lessons. While reading through the lesson your student would come upon 1 to 3 questions to answer. Is you miss just one of them, them you get an F. So you either score an A or an F. Then you do a quiz after the lesson which is typically 5 questions. And every day is like this, two grades. The classes are all set up that way, a very test happy curriculum. The teachers often missed the DBA appts, so they called them way back this year, so will see how it goes with the one class we have left. We are only keeping this one because the teacher actually responds back in a timely matter and usually grades things up to about a week out. The others teachers were taking 3-4 weeks to grade assignments. Also, getting Calvert to refund money is next to impossible! Once you pay them you will never get it back even though the teachers are horrible.I Seriously DO NOT recommend Calvert for your high school option, unless you maybe do the classic where you are the teacher and don’t have to deal with them. A total waste of time and money for us!!

  26. Calvert Review by Jessica
    Grades Used: K-2

    I used the Calvert program for K-2 with my daughter. For kindergarten it was great, especially the Calvert Math. First grade was ok, if you don’t count the Singapore Math. Second grade required so much restrictive writing that she truly hated school even though she likes to write stories on her own. We have since changed schools. She has now completed 4th grade. She still loves to write short stories on her own for the fun of it. So I think that for her age and attention span Calvert simply required too much writing. The readers were excellent and built reading mastery. The science books were nicely illustrated. I would highly recommend this program to anyone for kindergarten. Beyond that, it would depend entirely upon each family.

  27. Calvert Review by Robbie
    Pros: Everything you need in one package!
    Cons: Not balanced

    Grades Used: 6

    This is our first year of using Calvert curriculum. I chose it because I wanted something more rigorous in composition and writing. I definitely got that! Although we haven’t completed the year, I feel we have been with it long enough to give an objective review.

    I feel the grammar is really weak. It is only teaching the basics – things he learned in 3rd and 4th grade – like subjects, predicates, basic diagramming (no adverb/adjective phrases) etc. Yet the composition and writing are quite rigorous and almost overkill. The reading is so tedious that he can’t even enjoy what he’s reading. He is required to take detailed notes and complete numerous activity pages, as well as answer essay questions after every lesson. Though these are not graded, they are things that he is tested on.

    I’m not really as concerned that all the classes match with regard to topic (history matching geography matching reading material, etc.) but that the classes are challenging, yet interesting, without being overwhelming. At 6th grade he is expected to take DETAILED notes in history and reading as well as being expected to answer detailed essay questions on tests. For a 6th grade boy, this is torture. We are enrolled in the grading program, so there is no getting around this as he is being tested in the same way. It’s seriously torture, did I mention that?

    The math is great! I feel the online lessons are well done and plenty of practice is provided. We can skip what is not needed or use the extra practice if needed as well.

    Spelling is also excellent.

    Science also seems well balanced – challenging but not overwhelming. Science is my son’s favorite subject, though, and he gets it easily. For some it could be too challenging.

    Geography is good as well – challenging, requiring note taking but in an age appropriate way. The test was balanced and not overwhelming.

    I like that the lesson plans are written out – it’s easy to add enrichment or skip unnecessary busy work. But, there are things that can’t be skipped due to the rigorous testing, which is ONLY every 20 lessons. This is a LOT of material to cover in one test. I would prefer a test every 10 lessons instead. It takes us 5-6 days to prepare and then take tests. That is crazy.

    Any kind of factual test question is answered with ease but the essay questions we have to rewrite over and over. I just don’t think it’s a skill that a 6th grader, especially a boy, has yet to master, and should be required to do at the level it’s required in this curriculum.

    If you use this curriculum, unless you have to, I would not recommend the testing service. This gives you the freedom to tailor the curriculum the way you want without having to worry about what they will be tested on.

  28. Calvert Review by Arwen Weisser
    Pros: All-in-one, heavy on phonics/reading
    Cons: Repetitive, designed for large group

    Grades Used: Kindergarten

    I ordered this curriculum because I wanted an all-in-one program for my first year homeschooling. In that respect, this was great. All the bases are covered. I didn’t like that some things are designed for a classroom or that some of the supplements point towards “traditional” schooling (a book about riding the bus to school, or picking a lunchbox, or children depicted in a classroom setting). If you’re looking for something that has everything planned out, this may be for you.

  29. Calvert Review by Melissa
    Pros: I'm still thinking
    Cons: Pretty Much everything

    Grades Used: 6-7

    I was very disappointed with the Calvert program. I found that the Calvert program provided a lot of busy work. For the online resources, the computer class was a complete joke. My daughter has learned how to use MS Office programs in the fourth game. The Spelling online froze and she couldn’t get pass the one chapter so we couldn’t use it anymore. The curriculum didn’t go together. My daughter was learning about the Easter Hempisphere and then Geography about North & South America. It would have made more sense to me if the geography went with the history topics. The Literature they had me read didn’t go with the time period either. We were reading about the Middle Ages. The Grammer book was confusing and didn’t have enough exercises for practice so I had to spend time trying to find additional material for Grammer. I am very happy that I am no longer using the Calvert program.

  30. Calvert Review by Molly Lemen
    Pros: All in one no need to buy ANYTHING
    Cons: very structured, scripted lesson plans

    Grades Used: pre-k

    The positive of calvert is it really is all in one. A complete package of school for the year, even the crayons are included. I tried to use this curriculum for two years in a row though and in theory I rally like it but in actually practice I just couldn’t make it work.

    If you want something more structured, that tells you exactly what to teach and how to teach it this program might be for you. Personally I found that the topics introduced were either A)What i felt were inappropriate academics for a preschooler B) concepts already mastered by my two year old (such as color identification) or C) intended for more of a group setting rather then a single child.

    Now the ‘extras’ that came with calvert are FANTASTIC! My now almost 4 year old son still loves to use the letter puzzle that came with the program and it was a main tool used to learn is letters. The packets with songs / stories / and such were very good. The craft packet had some excellent printable to use.

    Overall I give the pre-k a 2 1/2 stars and I suspect that if you have an OLDER child who needs a lot of structure and instruction calvert may be the program for you but for pre-k I wouldn’t buy it again.

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