WELCOME TO CHS
The mission of CHS remains compelling: we are an inclusive community of joyful learners who think critically, embrace diversity, and act with empathy.
Welcome to The Chestnut Hill School, and thank you for taking the time to explore our amazing school! Ever since its founding in 1860, the school has been dedicated to educating elementary age children, and the spirit of giving children room to embrace childhood still permeates the halls. The elementary years are significant and foundational, and the mission of CHS remains compelling: we are an inclusive community of joyful learners who think critically, embrace diversity, and act with empathy.
At CHS, we believe in graduating students who understand and have confidence in themselves as learners, and who express their thoughts, care about the rights and feelings of others, and stand up for their principles. We believe that having a strong sense of self at an early age is a profound advantage; our students see learning as meaningful, purposeful, and joyful. That joy can be heard throughout the hallways, on the playground, and in the classrooms.
True learning and confidence come with opportunities to try, to participate, to contribute, and to lead. In a Beginners (age 3) through Grade 6 setting, all students have a voice and are active in our community. Everyone in the community is united by a belief that students do their best when they feel a sense of belonging and when they develop close personal relationships with adults and peers. Throughout their years at CHS, students are well known by their teachers.
Chestnut Hill School students can be characterized both by their diversity of background and by their highly developed depth of character. Our teachers emphasize personal growth, interpersonal awareness, and empathy. They insist on high standards in all aspects of a rich, layered academic program. The result of this carefully coordinated program is that every day is an opportunity for all CHS community members -- students, staff members, teachers, and families -- to contribute to a world that is transformed by childhood optimism and enduring curiosity.
Interim Head of School