Upper School


Bett Alter
Middle/Upper School Head
balter@calvertonschool.org
410-535-0216 x 1124


As our students enter the final chapter of their Calverton experience, we emphasize the important process of developing independent self-advocates who are disciplined and confident learners. We are a rigorous college preparatory school with a small and supportive day and boarding community. The mission of our school aligns well with the mission of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and our Philosophy of Honor is at the heart of all that we do. Our graduates are caring and active leaders in their local, national and global communities.

The International Baccalaureate Organization’s description of the Diploma program illustrates the profile of a Calverton student and affirms the quality of education that our students experience:

Promoting open communication based on understanding and respect, the IB encourages students to become active, compassionate, lifelong learners. IB learners strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. These attributes represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success. They imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.

Over half of the Class of 2018 has chosen to pursue the full IB Diploma, a two year course of study involving six disciplines, a major reserach project, the Theory of Knowledge capstone course, and the Creativity-Activity-Service component.

Please see below for an example of IB students' Individual Oral Commentaries, assembled by Dan Waldspurger, Upper School IB English Teacher.

Senior IB English: Individual Oral Commentaries

Each student's contribution to the Upper School is important and students have many opportunities to lead. At Calverton, athletics, the arts, publications and student government are open to anyone willing to make the commitment. Service to the school is expected while service to a wider community outside of Calverton is strongly encouraged of all Upper School students.

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