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Answers to the most commonly asked questions about 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

When does the application process begin?

Children must be three by September 1 to enter Beginners, four by September 1 to enter Pre-K, five by September 1 to enter Kindergarten, and so on. Please call the Admission Office one year prior to eligibility to receive an information packet and application. The Admission Office begins scheduling parent/guardian visits in September for applicants the following year.

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 are the highlights of the academic program?

CHS provides a child-centered learning environment where the building of foundational skills is infused with a broad range of special subjects and interdisciplinary connections. At every developmental stage we nurture the whole child, striving to build both their strengths as a student and their qualities as a person. Students engage in a rigorous academic program in a supportive context defined by close student/teacher relationships.

In what ways is technology incorporated into the curriculum?

Students have meaningful opportunities across grades and disciplines to enrich their learning through the use of technology and to become literate as responsible digital citizens. Generous availability of mobile laptop and iPad carts support integrated lesson planning and opportunities for students to create and share their work. All students engage in STEAM class each year and students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 spend dedicated time each week in a lab-based technology class.

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. Families can sign up for the fall, the spring, or the entire year. Students can also attend on a drop-in basis. Basic supervision as well as enrichment activities are available. Typical program offerings include the following choices: Study Hall, Music School, Outdoor Play/Gym Activities, Computers, Dance, Duct Tape Art, 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 kind of volunteer opportunities are available for parents?

The Family Association encourages families to volunteer for, participate in, and attend its many activities and events, and projects. The Family Association organizes numerous community and fundraising events throughout the year, including the Carnival, Book Fair, Gift Wrap Sale, Spring Fling and others. It hosts speakers several times a year, organizes community service activities for families, helps to beautify the school grounds, and maintains a cooperative relationship with other independent schools through participation in the Parents’ Independent School Network, Inc. (PIN). Morning, evening and weekend opportunities are available to accommodate different schedules.

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.