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Answers to the most commonly asked questions about the CHS admission process are answered here. If your question is not answered or you would like more information about CHS, contact the Admission Office at 617-264-1342 or

Are there specific age requirements for students?

Children must be three by September 1st to enter Beginners, four by September 1st to enter Pre-K, five by September 1st to enter Kindergarten, and so on.  All students must be fully potty trained to enter our Early Childhood program.  

Is there a policy for siblings?

Yes. We offer preference to qualified siblings.  All siblings are required to go through the complete application process and will be evaluated on an individual basis. Siblings applying for Beginners and Pre-K have an earlier admission cycle and decision timeline. Siblings for all other grades follow the general admission timeline.

What distinguishes a Chestnut Hill School experience?

The future depends on elementary education.  A Chestnut Hill education—an intentional combination of academic excellence, diversity, and community— gives our world the students it most needs. Drawing on more than 150 years of experience, this is today’s Chestnut Hill School. The Chestnut Hill School curriculum builds habits of excellence to help students to grow into their full selves as scholars and as citizens.

In what ways does the school encourage connection between teachers and families?

At CHS we believe that a close and effective home/school partnership is essential to helping students thrive. Parents and teachers have formal conferences twice a year, but additional connection and communication is welcomed and encouraged. Teachers and families often have frequent, sometimes daily, interaction and those relationships are consistent with our school community’s close-knit culture.

What are the grades at which new students may be accepted?

While Beginners, Pre-K, and Kindergarten are the grades with the largest number of newly entering students each year, CHS welcomes applications at all grade levels.

What are the school hours of operation?
  Days Times
Early Drop-Off (For a fee) Monday - Friday 7:15 am – 7:45 am
Regular Drop-Off Monday - Friday 7:45 am – 8:10 am
Classes Begin at 8:15
Beginners, Pre-K, & K Monday -Thursday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  Friday 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Grades 1-3 Monday - Thursday 8:00 am – 3:15 pm
  Friday 8:00 am – 12:45 pm
Grades 4-6 Monday - Thursday 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
  Friday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Extended Day Monday - Thursday 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
  Friday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
What transportation options are available?

CHS partners with Local Motion, Inc and offers two round-trip school bus routes, servicing the Boston/Brookline and Needham/Wellesley/West Newton areas.  Also, the school provides student T passes at no cost to families for students who commute primarily by public transportation. Residents of Newton with children in Grades K through 5 who live more than a mile from the school, or with sixth-grade children who live more than one and a half miles away, are eligible for free city-provided bus transportation to and from school. We strongly encourage carpooling and supply families with a list of others located near their area to facilitate carpool arrangements.


What is the structure of the Extended Day Program?

The Extended Day Program is available to all students from dismissal until 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and 5:00 pm on Friday. Families can sign up for the fall, the spring, or the entire year. The program offers opportunities for students to socialize as well as offering enrichment activities. Typical program offerings include the following choices: Study Hall, Music School, Outdoor Play/Gym Activities, Dance,  Arts and Crafts, and Mad Science. Specialty offerings such as Fencing, Karate, and Rock Band vary each year and are available for an additional fee.

What lunch options are available?


SchoolhouseFare the service currently used at CHS, partners with local restaurants and delivers ready-to-eat lunches to CHS each day. The monthly menus are available on the Schoolhouse Fare site, and lunches can be ordered in advance.

Many families choose to pack their own lunches.

Nut Aware: CHS is a nut aware school. This means that we do not allow peanut or tree nut items anywhere in the building (lunch areas, classrooms or lockers), in our outdoor play areas or on trips away from school (whether on walk, on a bus to and from school or a trip, or at an off-campus location like a museum or farm, etc.)

How would one describe community values at CHS?

CHS is a warm and inclusive community that embraces the family as well as the child. Both children and adults have abundant opportunities to make connections with others and to take part in the life of the school. Being a highly diverse community increases the richness of those connections and the uniqueness of our school.

Are there events where parents can communicate and get to know each other?

Yes, there is a CHS Family Association. Family involvement is welcomed and inclusive.  All families with children enrolled in the school are members of the Family Association.

What services are provided for secondary school counseling?
CHS is known for its exemplary Grade 7 placement. Our Head of School works closely with families to help them determine the best next step after CHS.
What is the school's non-discrimination policy?

The Chestnut Hill School reaffirms its long-standing non-discriminatory policy of admission. CHS admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, family structure, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally afforded or made available to students at the school. The School does not discriminate in violation of any law or statute in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.