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What’s Calvert Catholic School Really Like? Here’s an Inside Look

Many schools are too focused on a fixed curriculum and students are just a number. Here at Calvert, we have a passion for our students to grow, learn, and succeed that goes beyond the textbooks and testing.

Rachel Griffith, the Marketing & Communication Coordinator at Calvert, shared her insight into all the Calvert family has to offer.

Affordability is a primary goal for the Calvert administration.

“There is so much value in a Catholic education,” says Rachel. “Everybody here receives a scholarship, no matter who you are. Every single family gets some type of scholarship support, whether that’s a tuition discount or financial or merit scholarship. We want to eliminate the stigma that a quality education is unaffordable. We truly care about the students here.”

Because of the great experience students have at Calvert, the school has a committed alumni donor base that believes in the mission of the school system.

“Our alumni love Calvert and they want the current students to excel and succeed,” Rachel shares. “They take great pride in the school and are eager to give back.”

Another compelling factor that draws families from a wide geographic region around Tiffin is Calvert’s academic excellence.

“Our staff is dedicated to helping our students and they want them to succeed,” Rachel reveals. “It’s more than just a job to them; they want our kids to go on and do great things. It’s hard to find the care our faculty has for these students anywhere else.”

In addition, with smaller class sizes, students truly benefit from individual attention.

“Our teachers are able to provide personalized education that accommodates each student’s academic needs,” Rachel shares. “They have the freedom to challenge advanced students or give extra attention to a student who may struggle with a particular concept. You won’t find this in every school.”

The teachers and staff at Calvert don’t limit their connection with students to the classroom.

“You’ll often find many of our teachers at extracurricular activities, like sports, music or theater,” Rachel says. “Our kids know they matter. The Calvert community is truly like a family.”

Rachel encourages families to explore what Calvert has to offer.

“We have strong academics, strong athletics, and strong extracurriculars,” Rachel says. “I encourage people to come and experience Calvert first hand. We’re an all-around wonderful place for children to grow in their faith, academics, and life skills.”

If you’re interested in seeing what it’s like inside Calvert, schedule a personal tour with Rachel at ( or phone (419-446-3844 ext. 104). Or, if you’re ready to take the next step, start your application today!

How One Family’s Disappointment Turned Into The Opportunity To Become Part Of The Calvert Family

Angie and Aron Sheets were fully invested in their children’s Catholic school and their daughters loved it. So when they found out their local school was closing, they were devastated. 

Their search for a new school led them to investigate Calvert Catholic Schools. Through connections with other Calvert families in extra curricular activities and who had already transitioned into Calvert, along with several visits to the school, the choice soon became clear.

“Our girls were struck by the respect the other students had for teachers and administration. And they liked the religious components of the school, like having prayer incorporated into daily classroom activities,” Angie said. “Everyone was really friendly and welcoming, too.”

Because the family didn’t live in Tiffin, the commitment to make the 25 mile trek every day had to be secured from everyone.

“Because both my husband and I work full time, and as the girls got involved in extracurriculars, we would likely need help with the drive,” Angie said. “So we involved everyone in our family, even extended family, in this decision.”

With everyone on board to help, the Sheets family knew they found in Calvert a place where families had similar values, faith, and were raising their children in a similar manner.

Three years later, and fully invested in the Calvert community, Angie says they don’t have any regrets.

“The only regret our girls have is that we didn’t move closer and live in the same community,” Angie said. 

If she could tell families that are considering making the move to Calvert one thing, Angie said: “Take the leap of faith and just do it. It’s well worth it. You have to decide what your priorities are. Calvert checks all those boxes. You get the complete package.”

Take the next step to pave the way for your child’s academic success by starting your application today. 

Here’s Why Calvert Catholic Schools Shines

At Calvert, we know all of our teachers are amazing. So it’s not a surprise when they receive accolades from students, parents, or even the public. Recently, one of our teachers and former student, Mary Claire Griffin, received the Golden Apple award. The Golden Apple award is given to “individuals who have dedicated their lives to Catholic education,” and awarded by the Diocese of  Toledo.

We thought this was an exciting recognition for our current 4th grade teacher, but it’s really representative of how amazing all of our teachers and staff are. 

As a homegrown product of our schools, Griffin has a unique perspective as a student, a parent of students, and now, a teacher.

“I’m a graduate of Calvert. I went through the whole system, from Kindergarten through to High School graduation. So did my five siblings. Both of my parents are graduates of Calvert as well,” says Griffin. “After graduating from the University of Dayton and when my husband and I moved back to Tiffin, it was a natural fit to have my own classroom in the school once my son entered Kindergarten here.”

Griffin believes Calvert offers students a place to thrive. The staff care about the children as if they are family. 

“The community aspect of Calvert is very special here. We’re a family. And we really live our faith in this school,” says Griffin. “The environment is very positive. The teachers not only know the names of every child in their own classroom, but in the other classrooms, too. Every child feels loved, accepted and special.”

Griffin is particularly proud of the school’s academics.

“Academically, we are always growing and evolving – even over the eight years I’ve worked here. Our administrators are remarkable. They are always thinking six steps ahead to make our program academically rigorous and competitive,” she says. “Our STEAM program is amazing. Our STEAM teacher holds a degree in STEAM, which is really amazing. Our music teacher has toured with Travis Tritt, so he’s not only talented, but is amazing with the kids. Our art program progresses beautifully from Kindergarten through 12th grade.”

The small nature of the school also gives teachers and administrators more flexibility to create new programs, address challenges, and meet students’ needs.

“Every teacher is pushed to tailor programs to the students’ various educational needs, whether that’s a child with special needs or a gifted student,” says Griffin. “Because of our size, we’re able to do that.”

If your family is ready to join the Calvert Catholic Schools’ community, reach out to start your application and let your student shine!

Calvert Spotlight: Why This Family Drives 30 Minutes to School

Once Bethany and Scott Parsell got an inside look at Calvert, they never looked back and were willing to drive the 30 minutes one way for their children to have the Calvert experience.

“We took a tour, and instantly, I felt so comfortable. I felt at home. And the kids loved it,” says Bethany. “It provided everything we were looking for in a school: A truly challenging environment academically, diversity, and lots of extracurriculars.”

The Parsells wanted a well-rounded, challenging curriculum for their 2nd and 4th graders, as well as a third child who isn’t yet in elementary school. So they were impressed with the school’s focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).

Calvert’s classes start with Kindergarten and go all the way up to 12th grade. The Parsells were attracted to the family-like atmosphere and dedicated, caring teachers and administration that would know their kids all the way through to the end of their schooling.

“They have an art teacher, and they have a music teacher. They offer a lot more options than some other private schools,” says Bethany. “And they have diversity there. There are male teachers and people from different backgrounds. It’s important to us that our children are exposed to that kind of environment.”

There was one other factor that really caught the Parsells’ attention too.

“Calvert still takes the kids on field trips,” says Bethany. “Even in public schools, that has fallen by the wayside because financially it’s not an option. But I think that just enriches the educational experience so much.”

Perhaps most significant to the Parsells is the dedicated and caring teachers and administrative staff. Once they enrolled their two children in the school, Bethany and her husband were struck by how attentive teachers were to her two children, one of whom has unique needs.

“The teachers go out of their way to accommodate each of our children,” says Bethany. “I’ve noticed that for both of my children. The teachers are just really sensitive. It makes us trust that the staff truly cares. I don’t think twice about sending them there.”

The Parsells have also seen their children really grow spiritually, along with another surprising outcome.

“The school helped us grow as parents. We even transferred parishes to one in Tiffin, because of what our kids were learning in school and the values the school was instilling in them. It was giving something to us, too.“

The Parsell family’s experience is not uncommon. Come experience Calvert for yourself. Request more information or give us a call with your questions!

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