Calvert Homeschool offers self-paced learning for students with step-by-step lesson plans for parents. Calvert Education was acquired by Edgenuity as part of their Glynlyon purchase in 2019 and currently offers mainly digital curriculum (K-2 is still print-based). According to their website, the new curriculum includes:
- Best-of-class digital resources
- Step-by-step lesson plans
- An online learning platform with 24/7 access to lessons, assessments, progress tracking tools, and more
For grades K-12, families can enrolls students in the accredited Calvert Academy online. For grades 3-12, families can sign up at more affordable rate to use the Calvert online curriculum without enrolling in the academy. For grades K-2, a colorful print-based curriculum is available for purchase.
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Calvert Review by Amanda BDecember 11, 2020Grades Used: 1st and 4th
Calvert is a wonderful school. My children are excelling and never been happier about learning.
Calvert Review by Stephanie GlennonDecember 9, 2020Pros: Flexibility of when you want to study. The option to work ahead in your courses, teacher availability. The school often checks up to see how things are going. Very attentive!
Grades Used: 9th
We could not be more happy with our experience at Calvert Academy. We live abroad and after Covid restrictions were put in place, my son was having a very undesirable experience with his private school’s Zoom classes. We switched to Calvert Academy for 9th grade and he’s honestly never done better. He’s getting straight A’s. He loves the flexibility of when he can study and that he is able to finish ahead of schedule. This program works so very well for him. It’s been one of the only positive things that has happened in 2020. We’ll stick with Calvert Academy! Really great teachers too. Great staff that are always available. It’s been wonderful.
Calvert Review by MelDecember 3, 2020Pros: Nearly everything! Fantastic & easy website; great support team and teachers; fantastic curriculum!
Cons: Practically none! To keep elementary kids sharp with writing, take a little more time to write out the assignments. The website encourages this and makes it a snap to upload. We couldn’t be happier!
Grades Used: 3rd
I wrote the review below as well, but I needed more space! We love Calvert Academy for our 3rd grader.
The history and English curriculum for 3rd grade are truly awesome. Informative, important to learn, and engaging, having him read aloud to me as he works we both enjoy his work every day. The format and questions are teaching him how to critically read and - for quizzes and tests - he’s learning how to study well with techniques he’ll use when he’s old, even in the third grade! I cannot express how wonderful I think these curricula are!
Math is also very good and I have him write the problems out in a notebook to keep his handwriting and ability to work offline sharp. The science is fun and engaging. Just like the history, it does not talk down to the kids but expects them to read well The written instruction is perfectly broken up with questions and interactive activities, and the tests and quizzes are perfect.
Truly, getting on the computer each day, independently and when reading to me, is a joy. We came from an excellent public school and I honestly believe this curriculum is a thousand times better. My son is thriving because of Calvert Academy’s program. We moved online due to the pandemic, but honestly, I don’t want to go back. Calvert Academy is that good!
Calvert Review by MelDecember 3, 2020Pros: A lovely curriculum that does not talk down to kids, an easy website and very nice representatives and teachers who are truly here to help.
Cons: More practice at home may be required to keep kids sharp. The program is the right pace and time for grade level, but to keep handwriting sharp having math and writing/spelling in a notebook and then uploaded is important. If you choose do to it, the website makes it VERY easy to upload!
Grades Used: 3rd
We absolutely love Calvert Academy for my 3rd grader!
The online program is simple to use, the written instruction is perfectly matched to grade level, each section it is broken up with questions and interactive activities at appropriate times, and we are moving along and learning new things each week.
Honestly, as a high school teacher, I wish my own students had learned this when they were younger. The material is beautifully explained and we have never had a problem with the interface or the website. Our teacher is lovely and we just couldn’t be happier.
I would also highly recommend the spelling course - my son never really “clicked” with spelling when in public school and Calvert’s program - I am in awe of how well the program works for him!
Calvert Review by Fernanda ToledoDecember 2, 2020Pros: Independence - Love Calvert
Grades Used: 6th and 8th
I am very happy having my kids in Calvert. I love Calvert Academy.
Efficiency, objective academic curriculum, methodology, and a lot of professionalism.
We are still new to this platform, but I am sure that every day we have made the right choice to safely meet the needs of my kids.
As my father says: "Whoever makes the school is the student".
Thank you, Calvert! We will continue together mainly in this new educational scenario that we will go through in the coming years.
Calvert Review by CeciliaNovember 19, 2020Pros: Work freedom.
Cons: Everything else.
Grades Used: 10th.
If you can work up to eight hours a day and finish more than twenty-five assignments in one week, then this program is for you. As a student myself, the program is time-consuming, and instead of focusing on learning, you focus on finished all the to-do lists you have pendent. There is an excessive amount of work and a very limited amount of time; in Biology, I had seven assignments, eleven lesson quiz, two discussion boards, and one exam, ONLY IN MODULE 1. And I had to complete everything in less than one month. My experience with this program has been really bad, and I do not recommend it to anyone especially because of the amount of screen time you have to dedicate to it. Right now, my eyes are irritated, I haven't learned much things from the program and the money is not worth it.
Calvert Review by EvaNovember 10, 2020Pros: None
Grades Used: K-5th
This program is so behind boring and does not capture the students interest to learn. Not user friendly and over all I’d give it a 0-10 not worth the money
Calvert Review by Jonathan TOctober 14, 2020Pros: eh
Grades Used: 5th
It is like others say, Boring ,but the curicculum seemed "OK", My daughter like me is stubborn at times, so better to be taught by another, we found out ,but this did take a little time, so at the 30 day mark we decide to get our daughter enrolled with the public school, and guess what ? You guessed it, no refund, you must pay $1200 more dollars still which is three months more.
Calvert Review by Homeschool momAugust 26, 2020Pros: The major publisher digital texts have good integrated workbooks
Cons: everything else
Grades Used: k, 3
I had heard good things about this school, and was happy when our district provided it through their new online option. I had homeschooled my older kids for a few years with CAVA using k12, so thought I knew what to expect.
One week in, and we have ordered Seton and will disenroll after the new books arrive.
It's a nightmare. NO BOOKS. Online only, but the lessons refer to activities on paper books, like take a sticky note and place it in the text when you reread the story. So confusing. Many typos and serious grammatical errors like they wrote it in the middle of the night and didn't proof it. Really long lessons, with projects that take 47 days for a kindergardener?? My 3rd grader just refuses to do the work. I am overwhelmed. There are no lesson plans for the parent, just "notes" on a different computer that you would need next to you, and they are just not that helpful. A lot of busy work in each lesson which is broken down to be a days work in that subject, and it is hard for me to find the focus for that lesson, it jumps around trying to gloss over ideas, asking the child to demonstrate their skills without really teaching the idea. And I don't know what the point of it is either so I can't teach it.
I really like the Houghton Mifflin Science and Social studies digital texts that are linked in, they were confusing at first with so many places to click just to get the lessons...it was weird that they would do the online worksheet, then move to the next screen and their answers disappear...so if I wasn't right there I wouldn't know they did them, and then they couldn't refer back to their own answers...but I think they are work learning how to use, and they taught the concepts extremely well.
I forgot to mention that for 2 days of the last 5 the website was down and we couldn't actually access the curriculum? That it loads slow or just stops other times. My husband says it is just the first week and give it a chance. But this is not what homeschooling should be, it is not even what a curriculum should be from a teacher's perspective I am overwhelmed and confused.
Calvert Review by Joan Strachanowski nee HotchkissAugust 21, 2020Pros: Intensive personal teaching.
Cons: Unless parents handle it correctly, there can be some problems with companionship, but that is easily overcome with the proper attention of the parents.
Grades Used: 2'7
I am an "old" alumna of Calvert School. I was enrolled for grades 3 through 7 in the 1940s, believe it or not. I could not have had a better education. I went from the 7th grade into 9th, High School , seamlessly. In fact, I kind of "coasted" for the first year or more. I heartily recommend this school. It prepared me academically in every way possible. My mother only had a 12th grade education, and she was the primary teacher at home, although I also had the teacher from Calvert. In this pandemic situation today, if I were a parent, I would find the money however I could and enroll my child in Calvert.
Calvert Review by MaryAugust 17, 2020Pros: Not sure there are any
Cons: Loss of a wonderful curriculum
Grades Used: K-6
I used Calvert curriculum when my children were in elementary school. They are now 27 years old. We all loved it because of the content. The reading books for first grade were colorful with wonderful stories. The social studies portion skipped the "community helpers" drivel that was so present in other first grade curriculum materials and went straight to Greek mythology and stories about King Canute and King Arthur. By sixth grade, they had read a shortened version of Robinson Crusoe and were learning about the Battle of Hastings and the Hundred Years War. It was SO interesting, and they loved knowing about things that the kids in public school were never exposed to. They have kept those books all these years. I liked that we could either follow the enclosed teacher book or (after I got the hang of teaching) use whatever seemed appropriate at the time and could supplement with other things I found. We could also take vacations whenever it suited our family. My children did eventually attend a public high school, where they graduated as valedictorians. I was thinking of recommending Calvert to a neighbor whose son is entering kindergarten and will be homeschooling, but after looking at the "new" curriculum, I see that the early social sciences has changed to "My Friend the Fireman". The wonderful mythology and world stories books seem to be gone. Homeschool learning seems to have changed from a family bonding, interactive experience to handing your kid a workbook or sitting him in front of a computer screen for hours at a time. What a shame to lose what made Calvert such a unique and wonderful curriculum.
Calvert Review by Julie LewisAugust 14, 2020Pros: NONE
Cons: customer support is non existant
Grades Used: K-5
I have no idea if the software is effective or not...I can't accomplish a simple task of importing my student roster. The user guide is a joke. I've been on hold for over an hour. My school dropped $50k on this software and I'm getting about $19.99 out of support for it. RIDICULOUS.
Calvert Review by Wanda EllisJuly 31, 2020Pros: Love Calvert.
Cons: really none
Grades Used: P-K though 12
Our Son started in P-K now a senior in Calvert. His GPA is 3.8. I was the teacher until 6th grade. Then his dad took over until 9th. Our son started interactively by himself. We had to watch him be sure he got all his work done on time. If he had questions he would ask his dad. We worked at home so he was with his dad. We did art classes, he is a 2nd black belt. he played 6 years at the local middle school and high school football. We did homeschool science classes at the local zoo. Until he thought he was too big to go. We had camps in all subjects in the summer. He played all sports but his love was football. He will no longer be with Calvert come October. But I would have never done anything differently. We are now starting our granddaughter for 1st. grade. I'm looking forward to being with Calvert again. starting with her. I'm so lucky.
Calvert Review by JamieJuly 26, 2020Pros: Ability to spend 1:1 time with teacher, New Virtual Office
Cons: Lessons can get long sometimes
Grades Used: 8th
My daughter has found so much success with Calvert Academy. She struggled socially in public school and Calvert has been a safe place to watch my child blossom and grow academically. We just received her standardized test scores and she scored above the national average! I never would have dreamed that possible with my daughter before. I attribute that all to Calvert Academy, the teachers and the curriculum.
Calvert Review by MichelleJuly 23, 2020Pros: Online curriculum is provided. (even if boring)
Cons: Poor quality teachers, boring curriculum
Grades Used: 5th, 6th
Poor Quality with Calvert!! We utilized Calvert for my daughter for 5th grade (2018-2019) and 6th grade (2019-2020). Basically for 6th grade they changed to an entire new curriculum. They send you NO books. It is boring, SO boring! No videos! No activity pages. Everything is online. You read 4 pages of small type, with boring photos, and then answer questions. My daughter hated it! It is not engaging at all. (I found it boring!).
The worst part is that ALL her teachers were changed several times during the year. The final English teacher . . . gave feedback with POOR English! [edited to comply with guidelines] That is right, an English teacher who cannot write in proper English!! I tried repeatedly to provide example of this to the Principal, who said they would "train her more". Good Grief! I tried to give examples of how boring it was, etc.
Do NOT waste your money! It was very disappointing!
Calvert Review by Junie B.July 1, 2020Pros: Great teachers, great administration, challenging curriculum, live academic support
Cons: High level of reading content
Grades Used: 7th
My son loves Calvert Academy! After moving from a public school program (due to COVID-19) we were at a loss of what to do. Our school district did not provide us with curriculum resources and I was not confident that I could find the right resources for him to continue his studies. We decided to finish the school year at Calvert Academy in the safety of our own home! Although my son was a high achiever at public school and found school to be "easy," he was surprisingly challenged by Calvert's curriculum. The teachers were helpful and provided feedback on assignments. Students were allowed to set up private appointments with their teachers and the school even provided an afternoon live virtual office for students to walk in to get help with their work. We were concerned about giving this school a try after reading some reviews, but it is clear that the current administration has made a big difference! We are seriously thinking about staying with Calvert for the new school year.
Calvert Review by BackToHomeschoolApril 3, 2020Pros: None
Cons: Software run "academy."
Grades Used: 9 and 10
We had heard such wonderful reviews about Calvert and it was nothing like we had heard. Unfortunately we enrolled just after the school was bought by Odysseyware and it's basically a computer program running the entire educational model. There wasn't any, I repeat, ANY flexibility on how much / what kind of work that my two high school students had to do for each class. The amount of work was absolutely ridiculous - most of it computer graded. After spending every day on the computer for 6+ hours, within a month they both burned out, and got behind over one long weekend with all of their assignments and never could catch up. There's no option to skip any material that they might pre-test out of. Endless written projects. My son literally had 10+ essay papers to write for P.E.!! So many hours on the computer that there was no way we could monitor how much work they were really getting done versus just doing whatever they like online, which led to many family arguments and unhappy parents and unhappy kids. Our son got so depressed that he needed intervention. We sent in a hospital form showing he was hospitalized for depression for two weeks and the school didn't change the deadlines for any of his assignments and simply asked for another $300 to extend his semester. It's not a school, it's a software program with teacher support - but no teacher can fix that broken system. We withdrew after not even one semester finished. Both of my kids only finished two classes during the time period and only got halfway through the remainder. What a waste of thousands of dollars.
Calvert Review by ShellApril 1, 2020Pros: Non
Cons: A lot
Grades Used: 6th
This online program is horrible, my 6th grader has had major issues with this curriculum, lots of busy work, one teacher does or says one thing, and another does something the complete opposite. The expectations with the typed essays and no keyboarding classes for sixth graders is ridiculous. And again the amount of work, is just too much. I’m sad I didn’t find this review board earlier, because I would of never signed up for the program. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN YOUR KIDS UP FOR THIS PROGRAM. IF you like busy work for your kids and your kid to be stuck at a computer everyday for 4-6 hours a day, this is the program for you.
Calvert Review by Cassie CorlFebruary 22, 2020Pros: Can be accessed from anywhere with internet
Cons: Support, grading, online platform, price, quality of curriculum
Grades Used: K-9
We had used Calvert Curriculum for 11 years. We had always been pleased with their curriculum (the older version). Recently, they changed their curriculum not once, but twice. The newest version being the online platform. My oldest was starting high school so he started the online high school academy. Initially, we thought it was going to be a great program. However, as he got more into the course we found that it wasn't all that great. Very long essays and easy grading with little to no feedback. We were so disappointed because we had been using Calvert for years. My daughter's 8th grade program wasn't much better. We have moved on to another curriculum and will never recommend this program to anyone!!! I'm so disappointed and frustrated that they took something great and made it worthless.
Calvert Review by David KFebruary 14, 2020Pros: Curriculum, Speed of grading is fantastic, Great Staff
Cons: That we did not have this two years ago.
Grades Used: 9th and 11th
We are very happy with Calvert. I have two high school students and we have a great experience. The curriculum has set them up to score well on their ACT test and also they qualify for some really substantial scholarships. You do have to be involved with your students as you would in any other school. I love the projects as I have colleges sharing that is what will help them be successful as they will have many papers and projects to prepare in college. Teachers have been super nice and we take advantage of the booking sessions if need more individual teacher help. I did my research in detail and this was by far the best school for our family. I previously paid $6000 per student and did not get half the support in Calvert a couple of years ago. We love the changes. We are not a book in hand family and prefer it all online. We do print out math assignments when needed and do them on paper and then key in the answers. Thank you Calvert Academy. Thank you for listening and taking my feedback. Much improved over the past.
Calvert Review by Angelle CresswellJanuary 14, 2020
***PLEASE DO NOT BUY!!!***
I loved Calvert when my son was in 7th grade 2 years ago. There were textbooks, workbooks, paper assessments to turn in for grading, and an entire online component for school on the go. It was well organized, rigorous, and my son was happy and thrived. His teachers through the ATS service were responsive, pleasant and very helpful.
Fast forward to his 8th grade year with the "New Calvert." It was mostly online, and instead of paper assessments, there were required assignments to turn in all throughout each lesson. The way that Calvert designed the New curriculum made it impossible to finish. I think they knew this. They HAD to know!! The ELA portion required very lengthy essays weekly. I remember my son had to write a 3 page short story, complete with quotations, and 'evidence' about whatever topic we were on at the time. This was just for ONE subject. We fell so far behind trying to complete the ELA portion and the other subjects were often just as lengthy. You would have to school 7 days weekly, for 8+ hours to barely keep up. I would often play phone tag with the ATS teachers. They were scarcely available, and when they did call me back 4-5 days later, it was too late! And they were NOT helpful at all!! After months of both my son and I being totally frazzled and stressed out, we withdrew from Calvert. He transitioned to traditional high school and is doing wonderfully.
Please do not waste your time or money on this New Calvert Curriculum. They make it absolutely impossible to finish. It's the equivalent of Honors COLLEGE courses for 7th and 8th graders!!! Ridiculous!
Calvert Review by Rachelle OblackJanuary 8, 2020
DO NOT BUY!!!!!!
I will absolutely second all of the negative reviews here. I chose this curriculum very very carefully 2 years ago. Though not perfect, I liked it enough to buy the program for the following year during one of their “sales”. Little did I know that they were basically just clearancing out all their old materials, grabbing money as fast as they can, and taking us for a ride as they “transitioned” to this newer way of doing things.
Previously, the work was a combination of textbook and online work. I was promised that the student view and teacher/parent view would be different, but there were only ever 3 (often incorrect) questions given at the end of their “graded” lessons. When a question appeared within the lesson, the answer was written immediately after in italics. DUH. What kid is going to critically think or answer a question when all the answers are already done????
Next, they promised math help with online publisher sites. Somehow these sites never “worked” and despite how many times I called, no change. We ended up going with a whole other math because this one was so bad.
THEN, during their “sale”, they bought commercial textbook programs (many of which didn’t work properly), gave us online access and called it a day. BUT what no one really realized is that the conversion to the newer curriculum was already well in the works. This “curriculum” they sold me was their old outdated experimental curriculum.
To make it worse we never were even allowed to finish that next year’s program. I had my child in 5th grade. Bought the curriculum in December for 6th grade with the promise we had already “bought” the program and it was ours for the following year. However when I called, they told me I had to complete it THAT year...Wait...You mean you sold me two curriculums, then expected me to complete both in one year???? To make it worse, they would not give me my money back. I called MULTIPLE times to no avail.
Very bad practices. And we were their victims. Deceptive, unfair, and I would NEVER EVER EVER go near them again.
Please, if anyone sues them, let me know. I’ll be the first on the list to join.
Calvert Review by Unhappy homeschool familyDecember 23, 2019Pros: None
Cons: The worst program ever
Pretty much what they did was take a generic template and plug the curriculum. Spelling is a repetitive bee saying the word, then typing a few sentences using words, then taking a test. Science is projects that who knows what supplies you need until project or even if the kid is supposed to do the project because part of it is on video. Lots of typing paragraphs even for 2nd and 3rd grade. Very basic descriptions on all the courses. TONS OF TYPOS EVEN IN SPELLING!!! Lastly is the part they mostly enjoyed.
Collect $1200 for a $10 a month program from the old Calvert parents and give “one year free” and charge $400 for new families per year. Why those of us that paid $1200 didn’t get 3 years is beyond me.
I WILL NOT be renewing after my time is up! Class Action lawsuit I’m in.
Calvert Review by Morgan LukaOctober 31, 2019Pros: Great format, challenging content, the teachers are really helpful
Cons: There is a short learning curve when you start using the Calvert Academy format.
Grades Used: K, 2nd, and 4th
My 3 elementary aged kids have used Calvert since K. We started using Calvert Academy this year. I was worried at first because it was a big change from Calvert Homeschool. But, we absolutely love it!! It is so much better for all of us. The information is better laid out. For my 4th grader, he learns the more complicated lessons better because he is reading and taking notes simultaneously. He is really learning the information. He likes knowing what is coming up in his assignments, he feels more in control. For my 2nd grader and Kindergartner, they use the workbooks still. Both like the way the information is presented and both are learning so rapidly. I like it because it is easy to follow and the teacher manuals explain everything as you go along.
The content is challenging but achievable. We are really happy with the new system!
Calvert Review by SherryOctober 11, 2019Pros: None
Grades Used: 8th & 9th
We loved Calvert, until they changed their program. Both of my boys were confused at first when learning the new program, but eventually got it down. It’s nothing like the old program and neither is the schooling itself, it’s completely different. This new program is so hard, too hard, confusing, unrelated questions and highly demanding. We did it for two months and never finished what was expected of us to do in one day, sometimes not even in two days. Projects after projects, 250 to 500 words essays at least once sometimes twice a week. If you have a child that loves a great challenge, go for it, it will definitely challenge them. My 8th grader was so bored, it was too much to read and too many questions, nothing fun about learning at all. I printed most of it out, to try and help him, but we just kept falling further behind, which stressed us all out, because there is a dead line to finish the semester. It’s very sad to write this, because we recommend Calvert to everyone, I would never recommend it now. We won’t be getting any of our money back and we’re obligated to pay for the rest of the semester...that’s another $2500 out of our pockets. Like I said, if you have a very smart child that has nothing else to do but schoolwork all day long and wants to be challenged daily, this program is for you. If your like us and want a relaxed type atmosphere and the day is done by 2, Calvert is not for you. Calvert is rigorous, college prep, tons of typing and projects and essays. Lots and lots of reading long lessons, tons of research papers and you have to stay on a timeline or you will not finish the semester. I hope this helps in your decision.
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