In the belief that every part of the students’ lives offers lessons and opportunities for personal development, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall provides many challenging programs in the classroom and beyond. The academic program is designed to support and challenge each student and to acknowledge that students learn in a variety of ways. The curriculum also incorporates programming in areas such as afternoon activities, athletics, physical fitness, health education, community service, student presentations, residential life, student clubs and organizations, and leadership training opportunities.
The underlying goals of the curriculum are to provide students with the opportunity to develop self-confidence as learners and to achieve a greater degree of independence and maturity in thinking, making decisions, and taking actions. All students at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall are expected to pursue a program of study appropriate to their abilities, skills, and interests that will prepare them for further study after graduation.
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Ben Riggs, M.A., M.F.A., English Teacher
Over the course of the year, as a teacher, I get to know my students far better because of our seventy-five minute periods. I have a much better feel for them as learners.
Visual and Performing Arts
The Visual and Performing Arts Department awakens and nourishes the creative process in every student. The Department offers a selection of courses in musical arts, photography, digital art, ceramics, sculpture, art history, and studio art. The curriculum promotes creativity, original thinking, perseverance, resourcefulness, personal exploration, and safe risk-taking. Students have the opportunity to curate and show work in gallery spaces, develop a portfolio throughout their CH-CH career, participate in musical performances, work with industry-level design programs, and collaborate on projects with students as well as visiting artists.
Students and teachers are excited for the $5.5M renovation to CH-CH's Visual & Performing Arts Center that opened its doors during the 2019-2020 school year.
The English Department guides students to develop specific reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students hone their abilities to think logically, analytically, creatively, and inferentially, and to gain insight through the study of literature. The curriculum exposes students to a variety of literary genres from diverse cultures and time periods. The department is committed to differentiated instruction and recognition of multiple intelligences, which both encourage students to participate in classroom discussion, develop group and individual presentations, and write personal, descriptive, analytical, and persuasive essays.
The History Department empowers students to be historians who question the evolution of cultures. Students begin their work with a survey of world civilization which provides them the knowledge to recognize and interpret patterns and themes of the past. Students have the opportunity to study Western, African, and Asian cultures, looking at events that include war and exploration, as well as systems of justice and inventions. Using differentiated instruction, the curriculum makes the content accessible, relevant, and engaging to students at every level.
The Mathematics Department believes in fostering a challenging and nurturing learning environment where students reinforce foundational math skills, engage in challenging work and bridge theory to various real-world applications. At every level, students review past material, build upon previously learned material, and investigate new material. When students delve deeply into mathematics, they gain knowledge of and experience with various approaches and techniques to solve problems.
The Science Department encourages students to develop a scientific mindset, one where they simultaneously keep an open mind and maintain a healthy level of skepticism. Students become systematic problem solvers both as individuals and as group members as they use the scientific method in their work in the classroom, the laboratories and even the outdoors or the campus greenhouse. All Science classes prepare for the Science Expo, an annual school-wide celebration of science and discovery.
The World Languages Department maintains that competency in more than one language enriches the life of the individual and fosters understanding in a global society. Students are provided authentic opportunities to use language with differentiated instruction/MI and Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS). Teachers nurture a love of language learning by supporting individuals as they gain confidence in communicating. Students also gain an appreciation of diverse cultures through exposure to music, literature, film, art, and cuisine connected to the language they are studying.
English Language Learner Workshops
The English Language Learner Workshops help students to develop the English language skills they need to be successful in school and in their personal lives. International students are enrolled entirely in integrated classes with native-English speakers, but some can use additional guidance. When they arrive on campus, international students take a language assessment that guides the school in determining what level of support they need. Many new international students will participate in an ELL Workshop, a small class taught by a trained ESL instructor, where they practice active reading, research techniques, written expression, vocabulary building, and class discussion strategies. This workshop provides an environment that maximizes learning by emphasizing process, communication, and constructive risk-taking; students also receive support time management, planning, and prioritizing as they adapt to the culture of CH-CH.
Skills and Academic Support Program
The Skills and Academic Support program (SAS) offers a very specific and unique approach to learning. The focus of each class is not on the completion of work but on the development of skills and the ability to complete work. Students use their regular assignments to practice skills and strategies that will ultimately enable them to be independent learners. SAS is an optional program that comes with an additional fee.
Located 10 miles from Boston, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall is a coeducational college preparatory school that teaches the way students learn. The School welcomes students with diverse learning styles and helps them to develop self-confidence and achieve academic success through personalized, integrated learning. Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall offers 180 boarding and day students a richly diverse cultural and academic environment and opportunities to engage in the arts, athletics and community service.