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A note from our

HEAD OF SCHOOL Welcome to the Calvert Academy High School! Your journey ahead is informed by more than 100 years of successful experience educating students, and is thoughtfully designed to help you fulfill your potential in ways that encourage you to inquire further, demand your best performance, and celebrate your mastery successes. With all of that in mind, the Calvert curriculum asks you to be an active learner, taking ownership and responsibility for your achievements. And, as you build those achievements, please remember American philosopher and educator, John Dewey, who wrote:

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. As Dewey suggests, the material with which you are about to engage prepares you for a lifelong exploration of uncharted worlds, igniting your mind and imagination, giving you the tools to be successful.

Calvert dedicates itself to inspiring students to realize their full potential in a 21st Century learning environment. Its proven curriculum and expert instructional support systems are designed to encourage academic excellence.

The beginning of that exploration deserves a moment of reflection. So before you start, take a deep anticipatory breath, look around and note where you are right now, and listen to the sounds of possibility. Now, turn the page. Embrace your personal responsibility for your learning. Expect to be the best you that you possibly can be. As you peruse these pages, thinking about yourself as a Calvert Academy High School student, imagine that the Calvert Academy High School teachers and staff are right beside you, sometimes guiding, sometimes following—always supporting you as you strive towards your potential.

Victoria Pylvainen, Head of School

Calvert Curriculum 4 Program Overview


The Education Team


Program Options 8 Description of Roles 1 0 High School Clubs 1 1 Diploma and Course Credit


Tuition and Fees 1 3 Admission Process and Orientation


Course Suggestions


Course Catalog 1 6




CURRICULUM Calvert believes students should actively engage in and take ownership of their learning as they prepare to enter the collegiate or workforce environments. We encourage them to develop persistence along with problem-solving skills so that they’re prepared for challenges that they’ll encounter later in all areas of their lives.



-From a Calvert Parent


Instructional Design

The curriculum and coursework for Calvert

The Calvert Academy High School curriculum

Academy High School is college preparatory in

is primarily delivered in digital form. Students

nature. Academically rigorous and reflective

log in to the Calvert website to access the

of the highest international standards,

academic content for these courses.

Calvert’s high school program prepares

Together with collaborative content, this

students to successfully attend any college in the world.

Each lesson comes with digital instruction

rich, interactive system uses video and audio to provide students with a multi-sensory

Calvert Pedagogy

learning environment.

Calvert’s philosophy asks students to explore

The Calvert curriculum is predominately

topics in ways that have deep meaning in their lives. The curriculum guides students toward discovering important concepts instead of simply telling them what they should know. Calvert students have a purpose for learning: whether it’s applying the material to solve a problem, incorporating it into a project, or teaching it to others. Preparing to teach someone else an important concept helps students understand the material in more

online with weekly offline activities that allow

through videos and/or content reading, practice, application, and assessments. Learning opportunities also occur via online collaboration and online teamwork. Assessment methods vary by course, but include both formative assessments within the lesson instruction and participation activities. Assessments at the end of each unit are composed of oral projects and research and writing assignments.

students to step away from the computer, explore, apply, and showcase their knowledge. They may conduct experiments, construct visual displays of data, solve problem sets, interview experts, present arguments supported by evidence, create multimedia presentations, or write narrative essays. Whenever possible, activities have real-world implications.

depth. In each course, students complete a teaching activity with a peer, small group, adult or instructor.

“The math and biology videos are succinct and useful; the readings in English are excellent choices, as Calvert is known for.” – Calvert Parent



PROGRAM OVERVIEW Calvert Academy is a flexible-paced online private school. Academy students receive instruction from certified teachers in every course and are guided through course enrollment by the Admissions & Quality Coordinator. Calvert teachers are the student’s primary instructors in each course. The Learning Guide (typically a parent) plays a critical role in the student’s academic success, ensuring an effective work space, providing home structure and daily support, and communicating with the Calvert Instructor and Academic Coach. Students enroll in a full schedule of courses and attend online sessions with other Calvert Academy High School students in a flexible paced traditional school year, creating unique opportunities for peer relationships and engagement.

“This is our first year with Calvert High School with ATS… we are learning the system with the help of the teachers, everything is going well. You guys have a great support team.”

A hallmark of the Academy is the Academic Coach, who works with families throughout the year as the student’s advocate, advisor, and a parent liaison. Academic coaches are invested in facilitating the academic success of each of their students.

— Calvert Academy Parent



THE EDUCATION TEAM High-quality instruction is essential to the academic

All teachers at Calvert Academy High School meet

success of students attending Calvert Academy

a set of basic qualifications, including an active

High School, making close relationships between

U.S. teaching certificate along with the appropriate

students and teachers a critical component of the

background checks and fingerprinting. Calvert uses

school’s design. Students who attend the Calvert

a valid and reliable nationally recognized hiring

Academy are assigned to specific teachers who are

process to ensure that anyone serving students

responsible for the instructional support provided

has the skill set necessary for success and the

to students in each course.

mindset for student-centeredness in the forefront

Teachers lend support in Calvert-moderated

of every process and decision.

instructional models by monitoring student

Every staff member participates in an extensive

performance through live learning lessons,

professional development program. This includes

individual and group tutoring sessions, grading,

extensive ongoing professional development,

and motivation through positive personal

with grade-level and departmental peer sessions.

connections. Students are also part of a student

Annual reviews occur on all staff, and teaching staff

cohort in each course, enabling them to participate

evaluations are based on the iNACOL standards for

in group projects and peer interactions intended to

teaching online built into the Danielson format for

broaden and deepen their learning experience.

teacher reviews.

A highly capable team of certified teachers, counselors, and support staff is a critical hallmark of Calvert Academy High School. The teachers and Academic Coach are in close contact with every student and parent using various communication tools to ensure that the learning progress is at the level expected by the families and by Calvert.


Kristene Baldwin, our Program Coordinator and Academic Coach, is in constant contact with all Calvert Academy High School students and parents. The role of the Academic Coach is to support students by selecting and scheduling their classes, helping students transition to the independence and rigor of high school, setting goals, and making action plans.



Two Levels of Instructional Support Calvert Academy High School offers two flexible


options for instructional support to fit your

(Advisory Teacher Service)

needs and lifestyle. Both options utilize the

Our independent study option provides extensive flexibility and self-

same accredited Calvert curriculum but differ in

sufficiency for homeschooling families. You can start courses at any time

pacing, the type of teacher communication and

during the year and learn on a self-paced schedule. Take one course, a

instructional support. It is important to note that both programs utilize digital content and an online platform. It is critical that students and parents have reliable Internet connectivity and computer/ technology access to utilize course content.

full course load, or anything in between. Students work independently at home with help from an in-home Learning Guide, usually a parent. Calvert’s teachers provide grading, feedback, and academic advising support through asynchronous communication, such as email. Students enrolled in the Independent Study program are assigned an Advisory Teacher for every course. The Learning Guide (parent) oversees the online lessons and assigned work. The Advisory Teacher reviews the assignments, grades the tests, and is available via email for questions. Pacing – Self-paced; unconnected to a school calendar. (All semester courses are built on an 18-week model. Students can adjust as needed, providing the semester is completed within 6 months.) Communication – The student or Learning Guide may contact the Advisory Teachers via email. Please note there are no live classes or teacher office hours for the ATS level of support. Grading – The teachers grade all assignments and provide detailed feedback.



TEACHER LED (Comprehensive Teacher Services) Our teacher-led option is our complete online high school experience that offers flexibility with more structure and support. You can take a single course or a full course load. The program operates on a traditional school calendar, allowing for greater collaboration between the student, teachers, and peers. Learning Guides play a supporting role, helping keep students focused on their studies. Instruction and tutoring is provided by certified teachers via online classroom and phone in real-time. Academic guidance is provided throughout the year to help students set goals and measure their performance. This program is approved by the NCAA. Each student is assigned a specific teacher in every course. The teacher monitors student performance and provides support and direction. The teacher grades all assignments and tests and is the primary point of contact for parents and the student. Pacing – Flexible school year; patterned after the traditional academic calendar, running from August through June. Teacher Communication – Teachers have weekly office hours for tutoring, answering questions, and any general support needed for students. Teachers communicate regularly with the Learning Guide and Academic Coach about student progress. Live, Synchronous Sessions – Teachers hold weekly, live, topic-based sessions. These sessions are recorded to allow flexibility. Grading – Teachers grade all assessments and provide detailed feedback.


Teacher-Led courses are NCAA compliant. The courses are built to ensure authenticity of learning, and live teaching experiences give students classroom time to ensure engagement throughout the course and learning process.



Provides a quiet and effective work-space.

Develops a daily/weekly schedule and system of accountability.

Ensures the student is completing work in a timely fashion.

Drives and encourages the student through the coursework.

Reviews graded assessments and feedback from the instructor with the student.

Maintains communication with the Calvert Instructor and Academic Coach.

Ensures the student is using all available resources as part of the learning experience.

“I have found that not having to pace lessons and organize tests anymore has given me quite a bit of freedom. I now play more of a supportive role as biology lab assistant. After 13 years of homeschooling, it’s really nice to confidently hand both reins over to Calvert.”

— Calvert Academy Parent


Comprehensive Teaching Service (CTS)

Grades all assessments.

Grades all assessments.

Provides detailed feedback regarding performance on assessments.

Provides detailed feedback regarding performance on assessments.

Communicates with the Learning Guide about student progress via email.

Communicates with the Learning Guide and Academic Coach about student progress.

Holds office hours.

Conducts live classes and tutorials for students.

Monitors student progress.

Answers student questions about curriculum.




Club Participation Club participation is available for all Calvert Academy High School students. Examples of clubs available are: Spanish Club, Broadcasting Club, Calvert Voices Online, Creative Writing Club, Newspaper.




Graduation Requirements English Language Arts

Students are able to receive academic credit and ultimately graduate from Calvert

4 credits

Science 3 credits 1 credit each - Biology with Lab, Chemistry with Lab, Physics or Environmental Science with Lab

Social Studies

3 credits

1 credit - US History


3 credits

1 credit each - Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2

Fine Arts

1 credit

Physical Education

½ credit


½ credit


1 credit

Additional electives

8 credits

Academy High School with a diploma. Calvert Academy High School is approved by the State of Maryland. The graduation requirements that a student must meet in order to receive a diploma from Calvert are shown at left. These requirements can be met with academic credit from Calvert courses and/or approved transfer credits from other accredited institutions. To obtain a diploma from Calvert Academy High School, students must complete at least six high school credits with Calvert.

Graduation Requirements Beyond Earning Credit In order to receive a Calvert diploma, students must also meet the following requirements: •

2.5 or higher GPA

Scores from participation in either the ACT or the SAT (no minimum score required)

100 Community Service Hours starting the summer of eighth grade going into ninth grade

may include extra Math, Science, History, and/ or AP® courses



24 credits


CALVERT ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL 2018-19 TUITION & FEES* Calvert Academy High School has enrollment and support options that can be combined in various ways to help fit your family’s needs. Wondering what level of instructional support would be best for your student and lifestyle? Call us at 1-888-487-4652 to speak with an enrollment specialist for guidance.

Independent Study (Advisory Teaching Service)

Teacher-Led (Comprehensive Teaching Service)





Tutoring Service

$250/10 hours per semester/per course

Provided by Academy Faculty

Club Participation

$100 per club membership per semester


Full Year Tuition Includes 4 core courses and 2 electives per year

Individual Courses

Single Semester

* Prices Effective July 1, 2018. Tuition and fees subject to change without notice



ADMISSIONS PROCESS Application Parent/Guardians submit an online application to begin the admissions process. Upon receipt of the application parents will receive detailed instructions on completing the placement assessment.

Placement & Course Selection Placement assessment is required for all Calvert Academy High School enrollments. Calvert utilizes the i-Ready adaptive assessment for high school placement. All students enrolling in Calvert Academy High School will work with the Admissions & Quality Coordinator to select courses according to their i-Ready reading and math diagnostic scores. Any credits that will be transferred from another school must be submitted in advance, prior to the start of the first day of classes via formal transcript review with the Admissions & Quality Coordinator.

Parent and Student Orientation Calvert Academy High School orientation includes extensive explanation of the online Learning Management System and review of key topics to ensure successful online learning for both students and families. Orientation must be completed by every parent and student, including returning families, prior to obtaining access to courses for the upcoming school year.







Core Courses

Core Courses

Core Courses

Core Courses

English 1

English 2

English 3

English 4

Algebra 1 or Geometry (based on placement)

Geometry or Algebra 2

Algebra 2 or Precalculus (based on placement)

Pre-calculus or Consumer Math & Statistics (based on placement)

Biology U.S. Government/Civics (one semester each) or World History



World History

U.S. History

Advanced Placement Human Geography Environmental Science





World Language: French or Spanish

Advanced Placement Human Geography

World Language: French or Spanish

World Language: French or Spanish

Health/Personal Fitness (one semester each)

Advanced Placement World History

Psychology 1 and 2 (one semester each)

Introduction to Information Technology

World Language: French or Spanish

Starting your Own Business/ International Business (one semester each)

Web Design

Digital Arts/Music Appreciation (one semester each)

Digital Photography 1 and 2 (one semester each)

Art in World Cultures 11th and 12th grade students may select electives from our expanded catalog of courses.

Courses listed above are suggestions only. See course descriptions for all courses available, as well as honors level availability.





Geometry H

This course is the foundation for high school mathematics courses. It is the bridge from the concrete to the abstract study of mathematics. The main goal of Algebra is to develop fluency in working with linear equations and to provide a formal development of the algebraic skills and concepts necessary for students to succeed in a wide range of advanced math and science courses. Topics and concepts explored: Equations, Inequalities, Functions, Linear Functions, Systems of Equations and Inequalities, Exponents and Polynomials, Quadratic Functions and Equations, Exponential and Radical Functions, and Data Analysis and Probability.

Denotes honors level available

PreCalculus Honors


Geometry introduces the study of points, segments, triangles, polygons, circles, solid figures, and their associated relationships as a mathematical system. The main goal of Geometry is for students to develop a Euclidean geometric structure and apply the resulting theorems and formulas to address meaningful problems. Geometry is meant to lead students to an understanding that reasoning and proof are fundamental aspects of mathematics. Topics and concepts explored: Points, Lines, Planes, Segments, Polyhedra, Circles, Solids, Prisms, Geometric Relationship and Reasoning, Spatial Relationship, Proof.

Algebra 2


A primary goal of Algebra 2 is for students to conceptualize, analyze, and identify relationships among functions. In this course, the basic concepts from Algebra 1 are enriched. Topics and concepts explored: Quadratic, Polynomial, Exponential & Logarithmic Functions, Rational & Radical Functions, Conic Sections, Probability, Data Analysis & Statistics, Sequences & Series, Trigonometric Functions, Trigonometric Graphs & Identities.


The Pre-Calculus course is designed for students who want to prepare for Calculus and is designed to model real world scenarios. This course will help you master everything from functions to trigonometry, and prepare you for success in Calculus. Topics and concepts explored: Linear, Polynomial, Rational, Exponential, Logarithmic, Trigonometric, & Periodic Functions, Trigonometric Identities & Equations, Analytic Geometry, Sequences, Series, Probability, and Limits.

Calculus Honors This course grounds the study of calculus in real­world scenarios and integrates it with the four STEM disciplines. The first semester covers functions, limits, derivatives and the application of derivatives. The course goes on to cover differentiation and antidifferentiation, applications of integration, inverse functions, and techniques of integration Topics and concepts explored: Functions/ Prerequisites for Calculus, Limits, Derivates, Applications of Derivatives, The Definite Integral, Applications of Integration, Inverse Functions, Techniques of Integration, and Further Applications of Integration.


Advanced Placement Calculus

Statistics & Probability

An Advanced Placement (AP) course in calculus consists of a full high school academic year of work that is comparable to a calculus course in colleges and universities. AP Calculus will follow the topics outlined by the College Board, along with additional topics that the instructor deems fit to include. The course is primarily concerned with developing students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. The course emphasizes a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. The connections among these representations are demonstrated through the unifying themes of derivatives, integrals, limits, approximation, applications, and modeling. A major objective of the class is to prepare students for the AP Calculus AB exam to be given in the spring.

This course is designed for 11th and 12th grade

Topics and concepts explored: Limits, Derivatives, and Integrals & the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

(one semester)

students who may not have attained a deep and integrated understanding of the topics in earlier grades. Students acquire a comprehensive understanding of how to represent and interpret data; how to relate data sets; independent and conditional probability; applying probability; making relevant inferences and conclusions; and how to use probability to make decisions. Topics and concepts explored: Representing & Interpreting Data, Relating Data Sets, Independent & Conditional Probability, Applying Probability, Making Inferences & Conclusions, and Using Probability to Make Decisions.

Consumer Math (one semester)

This course explains how four basic mathematical operations—addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division— can be used to solve real-life problems. It addresses practical applications for math, such as wages, taxes, money management, and interest and credit. Projects for the realworld activities are included that promote cross-curricular learning and higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills.


Topics and concepts explored: Mathematics Review, Consumer Mathematics Skills, Wages, Income Tax, & Money Management, Interest & Credit, Large Purchases, and Economics & Finance.

Advanced Placement Computer Science (one semester)

This course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using Java language. A major objective of the class is to prepare students for the AP Computer Science A exam to be given in the spring. Topics and concepts explored: Introduction to Computer Science, Object-Oriented Java & Ethics in Computing, Classes & Constructors, & Data Structures, Searching and Sorting Algorithms.




English 1 is designed to integrate and engage students using interactive units organized around reading, writing, speaking, and communication skills. Students will study a variety of fictional and nonfictional texts; examine text craft and structure; elements of literature; arguments and claims supported by textual evidence; power and impact of language; influence of history, culture, and setting on language and meaning; and personal critical and aesthetic responses to texts. Students will explore the process of writing while creating formal expository, persuasive and narrative essays. Topics and concepts explored: Narrative Structure, Characterization & Point of View, Theme & Symbol, Argument & Persuasion, The Language of Poetry, Historical & Cultural Context, and The Power of Research.


English 2

English 3


English 2 is designed to integrate and engage students using interactive units organized around reading, writing, speaking, and communication skills. Students will acquire these skills through interactive, as well as traditional, learning exercises as they enhance their study of Language Arts while mastering the technological skills necessary in today’s academic environment. Students will explore the process of writing while creating formal expository, persuasive and narrative essays. Topics and concepts explored: Plot Structure & Conflict, Setting & Mood, Point of View, Narrative Devices, Author’s Purpose & Perspective, Text Organizational Patterns, Character Development, Shakespearean Tragedy, and The Influence of Ideas.


English 3 explores the relation between American history and literature from the colonial period through the realism and naturalism erasas well as from the modernist period through the contemporary era, and presents learners with relevant cultural and political history. Readings are scaffolded with pre-reading information, interactions, and activities to actively engage learners in the content. The lessons in both semesters focus on developing grammar, vocabulary, speech, and writing skills. Topics and concepts explored: American Literature through the 18th Century, Early & mid-19th century: Romantism, Realism & Naturalism, Early 20th century: Modernism, Mid-to Late 20th century: Postmoderism, Into the 21st century: Comtemporary Literature


English 4


English 4 provides a comprehensive look at the evolution of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the Modern Age. The course emphasizes the cultural and historical elements that shape literary movements. Twenty-six of the thirty-four lessons focus on literary analysis, while writing lessons focus on real-world applications, analytical essays, and research papers. Language lessons focus on usage, mechanics, and critical thinking. All course readings and literary texts are provided online. Topics and concepts explored: Anglo Saxon & Medieval Periods, The English Renaissance, Neoclassicism, The Romantic Era, The Victorian Era, and The Modern Era.

Advanced Placement Literature Each unit of Advanced English Literature and Composition is based on a researched scope and sequence that covers the essential concepts of literature at an AP level. Students engage in in-depth analysis of literary works to provide both depth and breadth of coverage of the readings. Units include Close Analysis and Interpretation of Fiction, Short Fiction, the Novel, and Poetic Form and Content. Writing activities reinforce the reading activities and include writing arguments, analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and college application essays. A major objective of the class is to prepare students for the AP Literature exam to be given in the spring. Topics and concepts explored: Writing Academic Arguments about Literature, Reading & Writing about Essays, Reading & Writing about Poetry, Close Analysis of Poetic Form & Content, Writing an Extended Interpretation of a Poem, Reading & Writing about Fiction, Close Analysis & Interpretation of Short Fiction, Close Analysis & Interpretation of the Novel, Reading & Writing about Plays, and Writing a Research-based Literary Interpretation.





This course investigates the relationship between structure and function from molecules to organisms and systems, the interdependence and interactions of biotic and abiotic components of the environment, and mechanisms that maintain continuity and lead to changes in populations over time. Students explore Biology concepts through an inquiry approach. Embedded standards for Inquiry, Technology & Engineering, and Mathematics are taught in the context of the content standards. Topics and concepts explored: Scientific Process, Cell Structure, Function, & Processes, Reproduction, Genetics, Biotechnology, Human Systems, Evolution, Ecology, The Biosphere, Human Impacts, and Plant Structure & Function.


Environmental Science


This course investigates the composition of matter and the physical and chemical changes it undergoes. Students will use science process skills to study the fundamental structure of atoms, the way atoms combine to form compounds, and the interactions between matter and energy. Students will also study the states of matter, characteristics of solutions, acids and bases, reactions, and various branches of Chemistry. Students will explore Chemistry concepts through an inquiry-based approach while using skills in mathematics and technology. Topics and concepts explored: Atoms; The Periodic Law & Chemical Bonding; Chemical Formulas & Chemical Compounds; Chemical Equations; Reactions; & Stoichiometry; The States of Matter; Properties of Solutions; Acids; Bases; & pH; Reaction Energy & Kinetics; Chemical Equilibrium & OxidationReduction Reactions; Electrochemistry & Nuclear Chemistry; and Organic &


This course enables students to develop an understanding of natural environments, manmade environments, and environmental problems the world faces. Students will study the Earth and its ecosystems, populations, and biodiversity. Students will also study human impacts on the environment and how these issues are being managed. Students will explore Environmental Science concepts through an inquiry-based approach while also using skills in Technology and Engineering. Topics and concepts explored: The Geosphere & The Atmosphere That Surrounds It in Our Environment; Relationships & Energy Flow Between Living Things on Our Earth; Biomes; Populations & Biodiversity; Pollution; Resources; Climate Change; Land Usage; Renewable & Nonrenewable Energy; and Environmental Protection & Policies.

Biological Chemistry.





This course introduces students to the physics of motion, properties of matter, force, heat, vector, light, and sound. Students learn the history of physics from the discoveries of Galileo and Newton to those of contemporary physicists. The course focuses more on explanation than calculation and prepares students for introductory quantitative physics at the college level. Additional areas of discussion include gases and liquids, atoms, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear physics. Topics and concepts explored: Kinematics, Dynamics, Energy and momentum, Periodic motion, Thermodynamics, Waves, Optics, Electrostatics, Circuitry, Magnetism, and Quantum and nuclear physics.


Introduction to Agriscience

In today’s world, biotechnology helps us grow food, fight diseases, and create alternative fuels. In this course, students will explore the science behind biotechnology and how this science is being used to solve medical and environmental problems.

Agriculture has played an important role in the lives of humans for thousands of years. It has fed us and given us materials that have helped us survive. Today, scientists and practitioners are working to improve and better understand agriculture and how it can be used to continue to sustain human life. In this course, students learn about the development and maintenance of agriculture, animal systems, natural resources, and other food sources. Students also examine the relationship between agriculture and natural resources and the environment, health, politics, and world trade.

(one semester)

Topics and concepts explored: Biotechnology Basics, The Beginning of Biotechnology, Food Preservation & Fermentation, Collection & Breeding, The Beginning of Genetics, Early Industrial Discoveries, The Discovery of Antibiotics, Agriculture Biotechnology through the Green Revolution, Mapping the Human Genome, Modern Industrial Biotechnology, Modern Agricultural Biotechnology, and Modern Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.


(one semester)

Topics and concepts explored: The Importance of Agriscience, Agriscience & the Environment, Plant Science, The Animal Element, Animal Anatomy, Technology & Agriscience, Careers in Agriscience, and Agribusiness Management.


SOCIAL STUDIES U.S. Government and Civics H (One Term Each)

Students of this course will learn about important elements of our nation’s community and government, as well as the processes involved within our nation’s government. This course will have students examine and analyze the actions and rights that citizens exercise when participating in a national entity, while exploring all the facets of the symbiotic relationship that exists between a political body and its citizenry. Topics and concepts explored: Foundations of Government, Civil Liberties & Rights, Elections, Supreme Court Cases, Foreign Policy, Citizenship, Civic Participation, and Budgeting & Economic Planning.

World History


The purpose of World History is to explore, learn, and understand the variety of cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles that have existed since the earliest days of recorded history. This course will connect students to the experiences and cultures of the past in order to gain an understanding of how humans have progressed and adapted to live and prosper in almost every part of the planet today. Topics and concepts explored: Beginnings of Civilization, Age of Empires, Age of Exchange and Encounter, Connecting Hemispheres, Absolutism to Revolution, Industrialism & the Race for Empire, World War I, World War II, The Holocaust, and Perspectives on the Present.

U.S. History


This course develops critical thinking skills by encouraging multiple views as students realized that there are often multiple accounts of a single historical event that may not be entirely consistent. Online discussion groups encourage collaboration.

Advanced Placement Human Geography The AP Human Geography course is designed to provide students a college level course that will prepare them for the AP exam at the end of the year. The course will examine the basic themes and subjects of geography while applying these concepts and ideas to specific regions throughout the world and the peoples. Students will use their knowledge to compare and contrast how humans and their environment relate to one another throughout history and within our current era. Topics and concepts explored: Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives, Population and Migration, Cultural Patterns and Processes, Political Organization of Space, Agriculture, Food Production, Rural Land Use, Industrialization and Economic Development, and Cities and Urban Land Use.

Topics and concepts explored: The Historical Process, The Foundation of the U.S., The Civil War, Industrial Revolution and Immigration, World War I, Roaring 20s, WWII and Beyond, Civil Rights Movement, The Vietnam War, Modern Politics, and Foreign Policy.



Advanced Placement World History

Advanced Placement U.S. History

AP World History explores some of the most important developments in history. Students will gain an understanding of how culture, technology, and ideas are transmitted from one area to another, and how the modern world exists as an extension of the past.

This course is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to think critically and to gain factual knowledge about US history. Students will learn to analyze and critique historical materials and evaluate historical interpretations presented in research. This course will help learners acquire the necessary skills to come to conclusions based on informed judgments and provide sound reasoning and evidence for those judgments. Each of the units in the course provides students with a survey of US history topics in which they analyze problems and themes for each era through supplementary readings while developing and deepening their understanding of the events, people, and places that were relevant during the time period. Students will also learn to assess primary and secondary sources. This course is meant to have students think conceptually about the issues facing the United States and how those issues have influenced our history.

Students should be prepared to learn essential concepts and develop historical thinking skills necessary to explore the broad trends and global processes. Topics and concepts explored: Patterns of Settlement; Technology; Religions; Belief Systems, Philosophies, & Ideologies; Arts & Architecture; Political Structures & Forms of Governance; Labor Systems; Economic Systems; Gender Roles & Relations; Racial & Ethnic Constructions; and Social & Economic Classes.

& the New Deal, World War II, The Cold War & the Transformation of American Societies, Changing Times: The Tumultuous Decades of the 1960s & 70s, The Return of Conservatism and The Post-Cold War Era.

Topics and concepts explored: The Historical Process, Early America, Revolutionary America & the New Republic, An Era of Transformations, The Civil War, Reconstruction, The Changing Nation, Populism & Progressivism, The United States on the Global Stage, The Great Depression



Sociology 1 & 2

(one semester each) The world is becoming more complex. How do beliefs, values and behaviors affect people and the world in which we live? Students examine social problems in our increasingly connected world, and learn how human relationships can strongly influence and impact their lives. Exciting online video journeys are an important component of this relevant and engaging course. Sociology is the study of people, social life, and society. By developing a “sociological imagination� students are able to examine how society itself shapes human action and beliefs, and how in turn these factors re-shape society itself. Fascinating online video journeys will not only inform students but motivate them to seek more knowledge on their own. Topics and concepts explored: An Invitation to the World of Sociology, Our Culture, Socialization, Social Structure & Group Behavior, Deviance & Crime, Social Stratification & Class, Inequalities of Race & Ethnicity, Gender, Marriage & Family, Religion & Education, The Economy & Politics, Sport & Entertainment, Population & Environment, Cities & Urban Life, Collective Behavior & Social Movements and Social Change.



WORLD LANGUAGE Spanish 1 Spanish 1 has been carefully designed to focus on successful communication through speaking, writing, reading and listening. This course introduces the learner to the beginning level of the Spanish language. It ranges from vocabulary and grammar rules, to literary and cultural activities. After completing the course, students will be able to engage in short conversations in simple, standard situations that convey basics about their personal information and their environment. This course provides students with the tools necessary to understand simple questions and respond to them when other individuals speak slowly and have a familiar accent. Students will be exposed to native speakers of Spanish during the laboratory activities. Students will have the opportunity to engage in authentic language learning through laboratory and live experiences. Topics and concepts explored: Thematic Vocabulary Lessons, Grammar, Subject Pronouns, High-Frequency Irregular Verbs, Definite and Indefinite Articles, Adjectives, Present Tense of Regular Verbs, and Possessive Adjectives.

Spanish 2

Spanish 3 Honors

Spanish 2 has been carefully designed to focus on successful communication through speaking, writing, reading, and listening. This course builds on and reinforces concepts learned in Spanish 1. Activities range from vocabulary, grammar rules, projects, and cultural and literary activities. After completing this course, students will be able to communicate on a variety of topics including automobiles and other vehicles, describing events that took place in the past, giving a detailed description of objects and people, hobbies and pastimes, vacations, states of mind and emotions, and nature and outdoor activities. Students will be exposed to native speakers of Spanish during the laboratory activities. Learning activities in each unit are focused upon a specific theme.

Spanish 3 is designed to focus on successful communication through speaking, writing, reading and listening. It contains vocabulary, grammatical rules, projects, speaking, reading and listening activities as well as cultural and literary pieces. This course introduces and helps the learners to assimilate, in context, the vocabulary and structures most commonly used for ordering at a restaurant, describing accommodations, talking about the weather, organizing a meal, and talking about leisure activities. Upon completion of this course, students will have the tools necessary to understand and elaborate questions, and have the opportunity to practice using appropriate words, expressions, and structures in a number of communicative situations. Learners will be exposed to native speakers of Spanish during the laboratory activities. Learning activities in each unit are focused upon a specific theme.

Topics and concepts explored: Thematic Vocabulary Lessons, Grammar, Direct & Indirect Object Pronouns, The Preterite Tense, Irregular Verbs, Reflexive Verbs, The Present Progressive, The Imperfect Tense, Commands, and Negative Expressions.


Topics and concepts explored: Thematic Vocabulary, Grammar, Advanced Functions of the Language, Preterite vs. Imperfect, Pronouns with Commands, Impersonal Expressions, Future Tense, Subjunctive Tense, and Sequence of Tenses.


French 1

French 2

French 1 is designed to focus on successful communication in each of the four components of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This course introduces the learner to the French language through vocabulary, grammar, culture, and literature. Learning activities in each lesson are focused upon a specific theme. Students will be exposed to native speakers of French in the Language Lab activities. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to participate in short exchanges in simple, everyday situations; greet others and introduce oneself; give personal information and information about one’s surroundings; give one’s age, nationality, and occupation; talk about family and pets; describe oneself and others using physical characteristics and clothing; talk about feelings; talk about daily activities; give the date; situate an object in space; and exchange simple questions and answers with someone who speaks slowly, with a standard accent.

Each of these semesters is designed to build on the principles mastered in French 1 and use a combination of online curriculum, electronic learning activities, and supporting interactive activities to fully engage learners. Unit pretests, post-tests, and end-of-semester tests identify strengths and weaknesses, helping to create a more personalized and effective learning experience. As with French 1, these 90-day courses emphasize practical communication skills while also building intercultural awareness and sensitivity. Topics and concepts explored: Who Am I?, Friends & Family, At Home, The Social World, Around the Community, Clothing, Seasons, The Weather, The Arts, Health & Well-Being, and Traveling Abroad.

Topics and concepts explored: Thematic Vocabulary Lessons, Grammar, Subjects & Verbs, Definite & Indefinite Articles, Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs in the Present Tense, Contractions, Conjunctions, Forming Questions, High-Frequency Irregular Verbs, and Basic Commands.




(One Semester) taken with Personal Fitness

Personal Fitness

(One Semester) taken with Health

Students develop critical life management skills necessary to make sound decisions and take positive actions for healthy and effective living.

This course concentrates on the principles of being fit and includes subjects such as evaluating fitness, flexibility, anatomy and physiology of body systems as they relate to being fit (oxygen transport, heart health, muscle fibers, etc.), nutrition, hydration, and designing a personal fitness program. Students acquire knowledge of physical fitness concepts, understand the influence of lifestyle on health and fitness, and begin to develop an optimal level of fitness.

Topics and concepts explored: Emotional; Social; & Physical Health; Life Skills; Setting Goals; Nutrition; Staying Well; Learning; and Volunteering.

Topics and concepts explored: Evaluating Your Fitness, Personal Training, Flexibility, Aerobic Exercise, Core Training, Nutrition, Handling Stress, and Staying Motivated.

The course concentrates on the principles of being healthy and focuses on physical development, mental and emotional stress, relationships, substance awareness, social disease awareness, and personal safety.



TECHNOLOGY Introduction to Information Technology This course is designed to provide an introduction to information technology concepts and careers. Students will explore the impact that modern information technology has on the world, people, and industry. The content includes understanding basic computer hardware and software, hands-on Microsoft Office 2010 training, and integration of core education skills. Topics and concepts explored: Computer & Computer Systems, Operating Systems & File Management, WWW & Computer Networking, Web Design, Electronic Communication, Word Processing Introduction, Word Processing Formatting, PowerPoint, Excel Introduction, Excel Advanced Options, Access, and Workplace Skills.

Web Design This course offers competency-based applied learning to understand the development of web design. Technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers such as web designer are covered. The content includes, but is not limited to web document development, design, promotion, and scripting. Topics and concepts explored: Introduction to Web Design, Design Principles, Web & the Internet, HTML, Tables, Images, CSS, Storyboarding, Audio, Video, Graphic Design, Configuration, Frames & Forms, Search Engines, and Editors.

Introduction to Manufacturing: Product Design & Innovation (one semester)

Whether video games, clothing, or sports equipment, the goods we purchase must go through a manufacturing process before they can be marketed and sold. In this course, you will learn about the different types of manufacturing systems used to create the everyday products we depend on. Discover the various career opportunities in the manufacturing industry, including those for engineers, technicians, and supervisors. For a culminating project, you will plan your own manufacturing process and create an entirely original product! If you thought manufacturing was little more than mundane assembly lines, this course will show you just how exciting, creative, and practical this industry can be. Topics and concepts explored: Introduction to Manufacturing, Soft Skills, Teamwork, Manufacturing Applications (Hard Skills), Engineering Applications (Hard Skills), Safety in Manufacturing, Careers in Manufacturing, and Culminating Manufacturing Project.



Introduction to Social Media (one semester each)

This cutting-edge course develops social media skills and knowledge that will have a practical and positive impact in helping your high school students succeed in today’s economy. Of course, they already engage in social media, but this course enhances their skills and knowledge in order to apply them in a practical way in their careers. Online discussions are a critical aspect of creating a collaborative learning environment, while games and other interactions ensure engagement and promote a strong career orientation. Topics and concepts explored: Social Media Past & Present; The Social Media Giants: Facebook & Twitter; Social Media Rising Stars; The Outcasts of Social Media; The “Social” of Social Media: How Social Media Can be Used for Interpersonal Communications; Social Media & Marketing Part 1; Social Media & Marketing Part 2; Social Media & Academics; Social Media & The Work Force Part 1; and Social Media & The Work Force Part 2.



FINE ARTS Art in World Cultures (one semester)

Who is the greatest artist of all time? Is it Leonardo da Vinci? Claude Monet? Michelangelo? Pablo Picasso? Is the greatest artist of all time someone whose name has been lost to history? You will learn about some of the greatest artists while aIso creating art of your own, including digital art. We will explore the basic principles and elements of art, learn how to critique art, and examine some of the traditional art of the Americas, Africa, and Oceania in addition to the development of Western art. Topics and concepts explored: Introduction to the Visual Arts, The Elements & Principles of Art, Critiquing Art, Prehistoric Art, Ancient Art, Ancient Roman, Early Christian, & Medieval Art, The Renaissance, Art & the Americas, From the Baroque to the Romantics, Modern Art, African Art, and Oceanic Art.


Music Appreciation

Digital Photography 1 & 2

Music is part of everyday life and reflects the spirit of our human condition. To know and understand music, we distinguish and identify cultures on local and global levels. This course provides students with an aesthetic and historical perspective of music, covering a variety of styles and developments from the Middle Ages through the 21st Century. Students acquire basic knowledge and listening skills, making their future music experiences more informed and enriching.

Digital Photography I focuses on the basics of photography, including building an understanding of aperture, shutter speed, lighting, and composition. Students will be introduced to the history of photography and basic camera functions. Students use basic techniques of composition and camera functions to build a personal portfolio of images, capturing people, landscapes, close-ups, and action photographs. Various aspects of professional photography are examined, including the ethics of the profession, and some of the areas in which professional photographers may choose to specialize, such as wedding photography and product photography. Students also learn about some of the most respected professional photographers in history and how to critique photographs in order to better understand what creates an eye-catching photograph.

(one semester)

Topics and concepts explored: The Elements of Music, Pop Music, Ancient Music, Renaissance Music, The Baroque Period, The Classical Era, The Romantic Period, and Jazz.

(one semester each)

Topics and concepts explored: Introduction to Photography, The History of Photography, Aperture & Shutter Speed, Composition, Lighting, Special Techniques, People, Landscapes & Places, The Close-Up, Documentary & Action, Photography as a Career, Legal & Ethical Concerns, Photographers & Critiques, Photography Software, The Darkroom, Art, Product & Stock Photography, Photojournalism, and Wedding Photography.


ADDITIONAL ELECTIVES Entrepreneurship: Starting Your Own Business (one semester)

Do you dream of owning your own business? This course can give you a head start in learning about what you’ll need to own and operate a successful business of your own. Students wiII explore creating a business plan, financing a business, and pricing products and services. Students will also learn more about the regulations that apply to businesses, marketing products and services, and the legal and ethical guidelines that govern businesses. Topics and concepts explored: Becoming an Entrepreneur, Options Starting Out, Regulation & Global Concerns, Creating a Business Plan, Accounting Basics, Running a Responsible Business, Getting & Keeping Customers, Pricing & Products, Innovation & Growth, and Business Leadership.

International Business

Public Speaking

From geography to culture, Global Business is an exciting topic. This course helps students develop the appreciation, knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to live and work in a global marketplace. Business structures, global entrepreneurship, business management, marketing, and the challenges of managing international organizations are all explored in this course. Students cultivate an awareness of how history, geography, language, cultural studies, research skills, and continuing education are important in business activities and the 21st century.

The art of public speaking is one which underpins the very foundations of Western society. This course examines those foundations in both Aristotle and Cicero’s views of rhetoric, and then traces those foundations into the modern world. Students will learn not just the theory, but also the practice of effective public speaking, including how to analyze the speeches of others, build a strong argument, and speak with confidence and flair. By the end of this course, students will know exactly what makes a truly successful speech and how to put that knowledge to practical use.

(one semester)

Topics and concepts explored: Introduction to Global Commerce, International Finance, Regional Integration, Trade Relations, International Legal Agreements, Cultural Influences, Global Organizations, and Global Logistics & Marketing.


(one semester)

Topics and concepts explored: Introduction to Rhetoric, The Influence of Rhetoric, Listening & Analyzing, Speaking Strategies, Building an Argument, Inductive & Deductive Reasoning, Speech Writing, Self-Efficacy & Self-Esteem, Body Language & Vocal Techniques, and Speech Evaluation.


Principles of Public Service to Personal Psychology 1: Serve and Protect Road to Self-Discovery & (one semester) Personal Psychology 2: Living in a Complex World Ambulances scream along, heading toward those in need. But who makes sure someone is there to answer the 9-1-1 call? When you pick up a prescription or take a pill, who has determined that drug is safe for the public? All of these duties are imperative to our comfort and success as a society and an essential part of public service, a field that focuses on building a safe and healthy world. Principles of Public Service: To Serve and Protect will introduce you to many different careers in this profession and illustrate how they all work together to provide for the common good. The protection of society is one of our greatest challenges, and public service provides a way for people to work together, ensure safety, and provide an indispensable service to those around us. If you’ve ever contemplated being one of these real-life heroes, now is the time to learn more. Topics and concepts explored: What is Public Service?, The Business of Government, Working Together, Leadership & Getting the Job Done, Rules & Regulations, Ethics in Public Service, Communication & Health, Taking Care of People, Public Safety Careers, and Careers that Keep It Moving.


(one semester each)

Self-knowledge is the key to self-improvement. More than 800,000 high school students take psychology classes each year. Among the different reasons, there is usually the common theme of self-discovery. Sample topics include the study of infancy, childhood, adolescence, perception, and states of consciousness. The course features amazing online psychology experiments dealing with our own personal behavior. This course enriches the quality of students’ lives by teaching them to understand the actions of others. Topics include the study of memory, intelligence, emotion, health, stress, and personality. This course features exciting online psychology experiments involving the world around us. Topics and concepts explored: Research & Ethics in Psychology; Infancy & Childhood; Adolescence; Adulthood & Aging; Brain; Body; and Behavior; Sensation & Perception; States of Consciousness; How We Learn; Memory and Thought; Thinking and Language; Intelligence; Motivation and Emotion; Stress and Health; Personality and Individuality; and Abnormal Psychology.



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Calvert Academy High School Program Guide  

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Calvert Academy High School Program Guide  

Explore our program guide to learn more about the Academy, it's faculty, Graduation Requirements, and Courses.