Chase Collegiate School

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Chase Collegiate School
Chase Collegiate School official seal.jpg
565 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, Connecticut, New Haven County, 06708
United States
Coordinates 41°32′51″N 73°03′59″W / 41.54755°N 73.0664°W / 41.54755; -73.0664Coordinates: 41°32′51″N 73°03′59″W / 41.54755°N 73.0664°W / 41.54755; -73.0664
Funding type Private
Motto "Cease not to learn until thou cease to live"
Religious affiliation(s) Nonsectarian
Founded 1865 (1865) (Collegiate); 1912 (1912) (McTernan)[1]
Locale Midsize suburb[2]
CEEB Code 070850
NCES School ID 00233283[2]
Headmistress Dr. Polly Peterson
Faculty 58[3]
Grades Pre-K – 12
Gender Co-educational
Age 3[3] to 18
Enrollment 402[3] (2014)
International students Yes (currently 3 from China)
Average class size 11 (Lower School); 15 (Middle School); 11 (Upper School)[3]
Student to teacher ratio 7.3[2]
Hours in school day 7[2]
Campus size 47 acres (190,000 m2)[3]
Color(s) Green and white
Team name Highlanders
Yearbook Salmagundi
Endowment $10,930,000[3]
Tuition $6,310–$16,810 (Pre-K); $19,770–$32,425 (K–12) (as of 2012)[3]

Chase Collegiate School is a non-religious private day school offering education for children from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The school is on a 47-acre (190,000 m2) campus[3] at 565 Chase Parkway in Waterbury.

As of 2012, the enrollment was 440 students: 138 Lower School (age 3 pre-kindergarten through 5th grade), 108 Middle School (6th through 8th grades), and 194 Upper School (high school).

Average faculty tenure is 14 years. Of the 54 faculty, 47 hold masters' or doctorate degreess.[3]


Chase is a co-educational school formed by the merger of two single-sex schools. The first was a girls' school established in 1865 as Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies, later St. Margaret's School for Girls. The second was a boys' school established in 1912 as the McTernan School for Boys. Upon merging in 1972, the combined school was called St. Margaret's-McTernan, until being renamed to Chase Collegiate School in 2005.[1]


  • Porter J. Goss ’51 - former Florida Congressman and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Elizabeth S. Ritter ’69 - Connecticut State Representative


  • Anne A. Makepeace ’65 - Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker
  • Charles A. Monagan ’64 - author, editor-in-chief of Connecticut Magazine
  • Christopher A. Licht ’89 - author, co-creator and former executive producer of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, current Vice President of News Programming at CBS
  • Grant M. Goodeve ’67 - television actor, Eight Is Enough, The Love Boat, T.J. Hooker, Dynasty, Fantasy Island, One Life to Live, Murder, She Wrote, and Northern Exposure
  • Sydney Webber Eddison ’50 - award winning gardener and author of seven books on gardening
  • Steven J. Erlanger '66 - journalist and current Paris bureau chief for The New York Times
  • Joan Bennett '26 - actress who appeared in more than 70 motion pictures beginning in the 1920s.
  • Lucia Chase 1913 - founding patron of the American Ballet Theatre in 1940, served as the Artistic Director and Co-Company Director along with Oliver Smith
  • David Zappone ’85 - actor and producer, founder of Big Screen Entertainment Group
  • Jane Meadows Allan ’37 - stage, film, and television actress
  • Gene Tierney ’38 - actress, nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for Leave Her to Heaven


  • Robert A. Minicucci ’67 - General Partner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
  • James C. Smith ’63 - President, Webster Bank
  • Libby Bianchi Edelman ’71 - co-founder, Edelman Shoe Co. LLC



  1. ^ a b "History and Origins". Waterbury, Connecticut: Chase Collegiate School. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Search for Private Schools - School Detail for Chase Collegiate School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Quick Facts". Waterbury, Connecticut: Chase Collegiate School. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  4. ^ "School Head Runs 'Miles for Michaela'." Good Morning America. November 5, 2007. Retrieved on November 9, 2010.

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