Mission & Practice

Calhoun inspires a passion for learning through a progressive approach to education that values intellectual pursuit, creativity, diversity and community involvement.

At Calhoun, there's a powerful synergy between our mission and practice. Our philosophies guide our progressive approach to education and inspire students to THRIVE:

Thirst for Knowledge

We believe that curiosity is the most powerful engine for learning. Our educational approach is built to harness that natural energy through inquiry-based learning.


We stress the strong relationships between our teachers and students as the central element of our learning model. Our teachers are mentors and guides, helping to foster students’ sense of inquiry.


We treat every student as an individual whose learning journey will be different. While those journeys will pass the same checkpoints of skill development or foundational content, we expect students will take different routes to pass them.


We ground our education in a strong set of values: diversity, social justice, inclusion and community engagement. We want our students to develop a sense of purpose and identity to accompany a strong academic foundation.


We understand that the most effective learning is multi-sensory, multi-disciplinary and experiential. Much of our curriculum looks beyond the walls of Calhoun and draws the outside world in.

Students at the Science Olympiad
Student showing off work to teacher
Young student enjoying school spirit celebration
Students cleaning up Central Park