Chehalem Online Learning Alliance (COLA) features the world-renowned Calvert curriculum, which is research-based and evaluated continually to meet national and state standards. Our comprehensive placement process determines the best curriculum option for your child.

The Calvert and Verticy curricula are built on a rich foundation of reading, writing, and arithmetic. That foundation is then layered with history, science, music, geography, and the arts to ensure no gaps in instruction. Calvert’s time-tested curriculum is built on the principle of subject integration. For instance, Calvert Fifth Grade students study the Civil War in history. At the same time, they also interpret Walt Whitman’s poem “O Captain! My Captain!” about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and draft a composition entitled “A Civil War Battle.” This reinforced study across subject areas develops higher order thinking skills and promotes content mastery.

Calvert Curriculum

Each Calvert course combines the best classroom-tested materials, teacher-created Lesson Manuals, and proven educational methodologies all in one complete, meticulously planned curriculum that guides through each day of instruction with easy-to-use lesson plans.

Curriculum by Grade

Learn more about each grade level offered through COLA:


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

Seventh Grade

Eighth Grade

Verticy Learning Curriculum

Verticy Learning provides an innovative academic solution for students in third through eighth grade who may experience challenges with reading and writing. Comprehensive lesson plans, proven Orton‐Gillingham instructional methodologies, customized course configuration, individual learning plans, flexible pacing by subject, assistive technologies, innovative computer based learning aids, and expert professional educator support combine to turn struggling readers into independent learners.

Verticy Learning is the curriculum of choice for students who demonstrate characteristics of a language‐based learning difference whether or not they have a specific diagnosis. Verticy may be right for your child if he or she:

  • Struggles with reading, writing, or spelling.
  • Experiences issues with memory and retention.
  • Performs below grade level in reading and writing.
  • Has difficulty decoding words.
  • Benefits from a variety of instructional techniques: visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic.
  • Exhibits frustration and may resist learning

Verticy Learning employs the world‐renowned Calvert curriculum as its foundation and adds dynamic and customized phonics/spelling, grammar/composition, literature and math components to meet individual learning needs.

Specialty‐trained Verticy teachers assess student work and provide feedback to families on graded assignments. Enrichment activities are also provided by teachers to enhance the academic experience.

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