The Calvary Weekday School was created in 1964 and maintains a positive relationship with the Calvary United Methodist Church in historic downtown Frederick, Maryland. The school is located in the education building behind the main church facility at 133 West Second Street.
The school’s philosophy has always been that the early years are the most important learning period in a child’s life. The school provides a safe, nurturing, Christian environment where children have the opportunity to play, learn and grow through developmentally appropriate practices.
The teachers of Calvary hold college degrees and have completed the Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR) training consisting of 54 continuing education hours. MMSR is a research-based and strategic framework for how families, the early care and education community, and teachers can work together to help our earliest learners enter school ready to learn. The MMSR has five components which define standards for curriculum and instruction; assessment of young children’s learning; effective communication between early childhood programs and families; and ways to successfully help children make the transition from early childhood to school. Teachers and classroom assistants are credentialed through the Maryland State Department of Education’s Credentialing Program. The Maryland Credential recognizes early childhood educators who go beyond the requirements of State licensing and registration regulations. The program provides a structure for professional growth through professional competencies.
All Calvary teachers are first aid and CPR trained and certified.
The school implements The Creative Curriculum for Preschools, which is a Maryland State Department of Education approved early childhood curriculum. To learn more about The Creative Curriculum for Preschool go to the Learn link on our home page.
The school uses the Work Sampling System, a state-of-the-art assessment system for young children, which is grouped in seven domains.
The seven domains are:
- Personal and Social Development
- Language and literacy
- Mathematical thinking
- Scientific thinking
- Social studies
- The arts
- Physical development
Parents are provided with three assessment reports throughout the year. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled during the month of March each school year.
Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. – Malcolm Forbes