After serving the Waltham community as an active and vibrant church for 150 years, the Covenant Congregational Church closed its doors in December, 2010. For 122 of those years, the church and Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School co-existed and shared resources and space as needs emerged. We have been good neighbors for decades, but there is more to the story.

In 1860, Waltham’s Swedenborgian congregation built the church on Piety Corner and, weekdays, made use of the building as a school. To accommodate its growing student population, in 1864, the congregation built Wilkins Hall as the new home for its school. That school grew and changed over the years to become, in 1972, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall, and to this day, Wilkins remains at the heart of our academic life, albeit with no religious affiliation. With the opening of The Commons and the construction of the connecting path “over the hill,” Wilkins Hall and the rest of our beautiful campus are reunited with the former chapel, bringing home the tradition of educating the whole student that started in 1860.

On September 2, 2011, we finalized the purchase of the chapel buildings and property. In the ensuing months, we re-imagined the entire facility, and then renovated and re-purposed each section to give our students and teachers much-needed new space: the former community room became our student commons; old offices were transformed into new classrooms; and the chapel proper was de-sanctified and respectfully refreshed as a splendid assembly hall. On September 7, 2012, we re-opened the space as The CH-CH Commons.

About Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall School

We are a coeducational day and boarding school grounded in over 180 years of history, we remain dedicated to teaching the way our students learn. Students in grades 9-12 and postgraduate thrive in our college-preparatory curriculum where they find small class sizes, academic challenges and a tailored approach to learning necessary to be successful, innovative thinkers. Our students discover engaging classes, teachers, and peers, and actively contribute to a community that encourages participation in the arts, athletics and other extracurricular opportunities. A creative approach to teaching and learning distinguishes our educational environment, and multifaceted diversity adds to the student experience at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School.

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We Teach the Way Students Learn

Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall School is a small, coeducational college preparatory school dedicated to teaching the way students learn. Our faculty, over 70% of whom have advanced degrees, offers instruction tailored to individual learning styles and strengths, empowering our students to achieve their potential. Our multiple intelligences approach to teaching and learning both values and addresses the different ways students learn. Our curriculum challenges and engages students, with support seamlessly integrated into the classes and culture of the School. All our students are accepted into college or university with an emphasis on finding the best fit for their ambitions and interests. Diversity thrives in a social climate of acceptance. A dynamic mix of day and boarding students energizes our campus and creates opportunities for students to engage with each other in the arts, athletics, campus activities and community service. Our alumni/ae describe their experience at CH-CH as truly transformational. Our private, independent school is located ten miles from Boston.