At CH-CH, we know that every learner enters the classroom with a unique set of intellectual, personal, and academic strengths. Every day, in every class, our teachers strive to connect the material and skills being taught to those strengths and in doing so extend and further develop our students’ overall capacities and performance. We create multiple paths to mastery of the skills and content provided, ensuring that all students have the opportunity to engage with the material in a meaningful and deep way.
Classes at CH-CH are stimulating and challenging. Learning is designed to be engaging and creative, playing to each student's strengths. In our classrooms, students grow in self-confidence and learn to push themselves to reach their full potential by tapping into their different “intelligences.” Our work with students is inspired by Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University, who developed the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Dr. Gardner proposes that there are nine “intelligences” that schools need to stimulate and support. At CH-CH, teachers design lessons that tap into the range of these intelligences.
As a college preparatory school, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall is committed to a challenging and engaging academic program designed to promote intellectual curiosity, growth, and independence. Our senior capstone activities require all students to write, research, and present significant work in a variety of settings, and our honors and A.P. courses push students in various disciplines to engage in college level material while still in high school. The end result is a senior class with a 100% admission rate to college, and the skills and abilities to succeed once they arrive.
We believe that a high school education should be filled with challenge, and we know that students will need support at different times and in different ways to meet those challenges successfully. We have created a multi-layered approach to supporting students which allows students to develop the foundational skills and understandings they need while giving them the room to grow and transform as learners. First and foremost among these layers is our overall approach to teaching and learning; our multiple intelligences approach in the classroom allows students to leverage their strengths as they learn new material and find success in the face of challenge. However, there are a number of other elements of support here at CH-CH, and we invite you to explore them through the tabs above
At CH-CH, we know that everyone—student, family, and school—needs to be a partner in a student’s success. The partnership begins with intimate classes taught by a highly trained and dedicated faculty, creating an atmosphere where every student in well known. Then, weekly progress notes and twice yearly conferences bring parents into the loop and keeps surprises to a minimum. Everyone is linked together by myCH-CH, our online system where all of a student’s assignments, both short and long-term, are housed and can be accessed by students, parents, and teachers alike from any internet capable device.
Both our classes and overall teacher load are kept intentionally small, so our teachers can develop the close understanding and relationship with each student that will forward their individual learning. Beginning in the 9th grade, where classes average 9 students, and our overall teacher load is approximately 35, we make sure that all our students are known well by their teachers. Class sizes grow in the upper grades, with a limit of 15, as we begin to prepare our students for college and expect from them the self-advocacy skills they will need to make that transition successful.
Office Hours for students are available daily, every week of the school year.
Another hallmark of the CH-CH philosophy is our understanding that different students take in information differently. Skills and content are presented in a variety of modes, including visually, auditorialy, and kinesthetically because we know that students learn best when material is presented in a variety of ways. This approach also complements our emphasis on depth over breadth in our curriculum, and our passion for teaching students to be life-long learners. As our students take in information in different ways they come to know their own best styles for various academic pursuits and they can then apply that knowledge in college and beyond.
The work of the Skills and Academic Support Department (SAS) provides an additional level of support for students who have faced challenges to learning in the content areas. The SAS curriculum focuses on the teaching of academic skills and strategies that may be content specific or geared to academic life in general. Our learning specialists possess particular expertise in helping students to enhance their executive functioning skills, including organization of materials and assignments, time-management, and planning and prioritizing.
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.