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PK-6|Private
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I unequivocally and enthusiastically recommend The Chestnut Hill School for all preschool and elementary years. As this school year comes to an end, we are reflecting not just on the past year but the several years that we have been at CHS– all which have been years of joyful years of growth for our children. Our oldest started at CHS in Pre-K; after we joined the community we wished we had experienced the amazing Beginners year, and, therefore, chose Beginners as our entry point for our younger child. We are now in the Upper School at CHS, and every stage of learning builds upon the strong foundation of each earlier year. CHS is committed to educating the whole child in an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity while perfectly blending academic challenge and nurture. Our children could not be more different from one another, but are both thriving and love going to school every day. During school vacations they miss their friends and teachers and wish they could return to school earlier! The community of parents is warm and inclusive with families, faculty, and staff sharing the same value system. As parents of elementary school aged children, we find community supportive in every step of our parenting journey and appreciate that this age group is the sole focus of the school.

Handles bullying effectively: Strongly agree


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Bullying is not tolerated at CHS. The culture at the school is one of respect, and bullying does not have a place in this environment.


Supports LD students: Strongly agree


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CHS practices a whole child approach to learning and this is evidenced with different learning styles being supported. The curriculum is developed in a way that allows for visual, kinesthetic, verbal, and aural learning. The faculty and staff are very responsive a child's specific situation and maintain frequent, open communication with parents.

Effective school leaders: Strongly agree


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As parents we are confident in the leadership at the school and know that leadership practices the mission and core values of the school. The collaboration between the different components of leadership - from the Head of School and Administration to Trustees and the Family Association - allows the school to continue to grow and thrive.

Develops character: Strongly agree


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Simply put, CHS has really nice kids. The culture of the school is one that emphasizes core values of respect, empathy, kindness, integrity, compassion, and social justice. The Open Circle curriculum that is part of every grade at CHS teaches children how to respond to difficult social situations, how to interact with peers and adults, and how to be a positive contributing member of one's community. The entire student and adult community models these values, whether it is a child holding the door open for an adult in the morning or an older student helping a younger friend, or adults and children working together on community service projects.


Teacher effectiveness: Strongly agree


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CHS has a phenomenal group of teachers who are the life of the school. Teachers are extremely skilled in not only the academics at every grade-level, but the social and emotional aspects of each stage of childhood. Every teacher really knows and loves your child, and this is evident as early as the first parent-teacher conference in October. We love hearing our kids light up and quote their teachers at the end of the school day.

Amount of homework: Strongly agree


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Homework at CHS serves to reinforce new topics covered in the classroom and allows students to practice necessary skills to solidify these lessons. We find that homework assignments are developing strong study skills and executive function skills in our children. For example, while some homework is due the next day, children are also given homework assignments at the start of the week due at the end of the week. This approach accommodates for varying schedules that kids might have with after school activities, but also teaches kids how to manage their time and work on an assignment a little bit each day.



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Do not send your kid(s) there. Most families are nice but principal and board are terrible and unaccommodating..




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We're only 6 months in at this stage - our child entered at Kindergarten. It's been a spectacular experience so far. We've greatly enjoyed the truly diverse parents and the engaged community. The Head of School is very impressive, has a great personality and knows every child and every family. The music (violin and keyboard), reading and math have been highlights (the curriculum is STEAM - STEM plus the arts). The fact that it only goes through 6th grade rather than through 8th means it truly is a place for kids. We're a long ways off yet, but we are encouraged that the placement track record for next schools is very strong. Of the 40 children who graduated from 6th grade in the last two years, 9 went to Dana Hall and 7 went to Nobles. The other schools were excellent too. We live in the Back Bay and the school has been kind enough to subsidize and help arrange transport. Our daughter takes a bus in the morning and we have a sitter take the green line to the Chestnut Hill stop (a block or two from the school) and she rides that back home. We're thrilled.



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I am not sure what happened with the first review but we are extremely pleased with the school. The school has a balanced environment of academics, art and social emotional supports.

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