My son has hyperattention.... which basically means he will get so wrapped up in something that the walls could be falling around him and he wouldn't notice without a light " tap" back to reality. Where other schools would list him as a " problem" The teachers here have been very understanding and kind. He has been thriving here and is now a full grade ahead on his learning while pulling great grades!
Ask about the last two years of staff and teacher turn over. Ask about teachers years of experience. Barely a nod to the Leader In Me program. All marketing. Class sizes are often more than 15 students. Easy place to get into if you're willing to pay the tuition.
Chestnut Hill Academy is a good alternative to public schools. Average class size is 15, they have good quality technology, art, music, Spanish classes. Music teacher is amazing and it reflects to kids' performances at musical and at special days. Library teacher is also really passionate and always recommending kids new books. School academics are average though. Almost everyone gets accepted to this school and selection criteria being very light affects the level of deep education in the classes. Math differentiation starts at 1st grade and differentiation of other subjects start at 2nd grade. Differentiation is 1 grade at most. If kid is beyond 1 grade, there is no system to handle that (ie. kid going to upper class for differentiation). Acceptance rate to competitive private middle schools are low. Donations are frequently asked for and families donating the most are publicly recognized. For example, kids get beads for every 25 dollars donated for Walkhaton. The more money you donate, the more beads. Those beads are worn as necklaces to school. Think about your kids walking around at school with a necklace showing how much their parents donated. Not every family will like that.
Chestnut Hill Academy provides a fantastic education. We’ve had two children attend CHA, and couldn’t be happier.
Small class size, differentiated instruction, caring teachers that are committed to advancing their own education as well as that of our children, are just a small part of the whole picture.
Small class sizes allow for more personalized instruction. Class size is much lower than other private (and definitely public schools) at 15 students per class (sometimes fewer). Not only are class sizes small, but additional credentialed staff are available to provide support to teachers and students inside and outside of the classroom.
Strong school community benefits the child academically as well as socially, and provides a more robust educational experience.
We have 2 children at CHA, in 3rd and 5th grades. Our children have had a phenomenal experience. Is it worth the tuition? Yes. Our children go through the doors each school day excited to see what the day will bring. CHA meets your child where he/she is academically, both encouraging and supporting his/her individual needs/strengths. There is a focus not just on grades and test scores, but also on nurturing the social and emotional development of the children. The individual communication and accessibility to and from the teachers and the principal is unparalleled. The teachers are engaged and excited to be there. As my oldest child transitions to the next level of education, we are looking at those schools with CHA as the basis. Not easy shoes to fill.