Chapel Hill – Chauncy Hall School

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Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall School
Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall Logo.jpg
CH-CH Seal
Waltham, Massachusetts
United States
School type Private, Boarding
Religious affiliation(s) None
Established 1828
Head of school Lance Conrad
Staff 64
Grades 9 - PG
Gender Co-ed
Enrollment 175
Average class size 10
Student to teacher ratio 5:1
Campus size 40 acres (160,000 m2)
School color(s)          Blue and white
Mascot The Chargers
Accreditation NEASC

Chapel Hill – Chauncy Hall School (CH-CH) is an independent, college preparatory day and boarding school for grades 9 through PG located on a 40-acre campus in Waltham, Massachusetts and founded in 1828. CH-CH is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Mission Statement[edit]

Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School is a college preparatory, day and boarding school that embraces differences in learning style and culture in a richly diverse and supportive community. We challenge young men and women to realize their individual potential, experience academic success, and develop moral strength and personal integrity.[1]


Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall’s history involves three schools: Chauncy Hall, Chapel Hill, and the Huntington School. Chapel Hill, a school for girls founded in 1860 in Waltham on the current campus, and Chauncy Hall, a Boston day school for boys founded in 1828, merged in 1971 to create Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall.[2]

To the merger, Chapel Hill brought its strength in humanities and the arts, and Chauncy Hall brought its strength in the fields of science and math. In 1974, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall incorporated the Huntington School, a Boston school for boys founded in 1909.

Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall has many long standing traditions. Wilkins Hall and its free-standing spiral staircase is still in use today. At Head of School installations, the book of the school is passed from one head to the next. Charles Henry Sampson scholarships are annually awarded to qualified students. Additionally, the school continues to keep in contact with alumni of Chauncy Hall, Chapel Hill, and the Huntington School.


Student Population and Diversity[edit]

CH-CH has 175 students, with a 45% boarding population and 55% day, and a 25% international student population. The school community celebrates its diversity with Diversity Day that consists of student led workshops that introduce faculty and fellow students to new countries. Additionally, there is an annual Flag Day ceremony in which students have an opportunity to share their heritage with the rest of the school.

Course Requirements[edit]

Course requirements at CH-CH consist of 4 years of English, 3 years of math (through algebra 2), 3 years of history (including U.S. History), 3 years of laboratory science, 2 sequential years of a foreign language, and 2 years of visual or performing arts. CH-CH also offers honors, advanced, or AP courses in all of the major academic disciplines for students looking to advance their studies.

Students enrolled in a history class are required to write a research paper during the winter trimester and all students enrolled in a science class participate in the annual science fair each May.

Senior Capstone: All seniors complete a composition in English, a research project in either history or science, and give a presentation to the school in order to graduate. Each senior is also required to complete 19 hours of community service.


Multiple Intelligences Approach[edit]


Classes are influenced 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 support: interpersonal, intrapersonal, existential, mathematical/logical, kinesthetic, linguistic, naturalist, musical, and spatial. Teachers incorporate these intelligences into their curriculum.[4]

On October 17, 2013 Howard Gardner visited the CH-CH campus. According to Dr. Gardner, "when something is important, try to teach it lots of different ways... Textbooks are fine, but not everybody learns best from text books. iPads, hands-on, works of art, debate, humor, graphics, and video, the more different ways you can teach something, the more likely it is to get in there, stay in there, and be useful."[5]

Progress Notes[edit]

Each week, teachers write progress notes for each of their students as a way to inform students and their families on how they are doing in each of their classes and what they could be doing to improve. Teachers may also include the most recent grades that students have received on assignments or tests. Progress notes can be accessed online by both students and parents through the myCH-CH portal.[6]

Schedule and School Year Calendar[edit]

Students follow a schedule in which full credit courses meet for 75 minutes three times per week. During a typical week, students have four classes per day on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and three classes on Wednesday and Friday. The academic year is divided into trimesters ending in November, March, and May/June. Students grade point averages (GPA) are recalculated at the end of each trimester.[3] Graduation ceremonies are held during the last week of May or the first week of June.

Main Campus Facilities[edit]

Harrington Hall at Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall School
The Commons at Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall School

Harrington Hall: Named in honor of Louisa C. Harrington 2011. Today it consists of the dining hall downstairs and the freshmen and sophomore girls’ dormitory upstairs.

Cottage: The 9th grade building where almost all freshmen classes are held.

The CH-CH Commons: After serving the Waltham community for 150 years, the Covenant Congregational Church closed in 2010. In late 2011, the space was purchased by Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall and connected with the rest of the campus. Each section was renovated and repurposed before reopening in 2012 as The CH-CH Commons. Performing arts, foreign language classes, and all school assemblies continue to be held here today.[7]

Wilkins Hall: Built in 1864, Wilkins remains the main academic building for upperclassmen history, English, science, and math classes.

Worcester Hall: Originally built in 1963 as a girls' dormitory, Worcester Hall is now the boys' dormitory and includes a wrestling facility.

South Hall: A gift from Arthur Astor Carey of the Astor family in 1903, South Hall is now the upperclassmen girls' dormitory.

Peebles Hall: The admissions office [8]

Beaver Gymnasium & Machen Center: Built in 1981 in honor of Claude F. Machen '27. Today it houses the gym, workout room, and nurse's office.

Barn & Theater: Houses arts spaces including the theater, digital arts lab, woodworking studio, photography dark room, pottery studio, and dance/yoga studio.


iPad Program[edit]

Beginning in September 2014, CH-CH required that all students purchased an iPad as one of their tools for learning in and out of the classroom.[10]

Co-Curricular Activities[edit]

Students are required to participate in the afternoon co-curricular program each trimester. Two activities each year must be interscholastic sports or team activities. A list of offerings are listed below:

CH-CH participates in the Massachusetts Bay Independent League (MBIL) for boys’ soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse. The school is also a member of the Independent Girls’ Conference (IGC) for soccer, basketball, softball and lacrosse and the Eastern Independent League (EIL) for boys’ wrestling.[11]

Recent Athletics Highlights:

February 2015: Two CH-CH wrestlers represented the school at the National Prep Wrestling Tournament. CH-CH was the strongest finisher from the Eastern Independent League and finished 6th out of all New England schools.[12]

May 2015: The girls’ softball team won the Independent Girls’ Conference (IGC) Co-Championship - the first IGC Championship in the school’s history.[13]

2012: Luke DiOrio 10’ debuted his professional career as a member of the Rhode Island Rampage, a team in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL).[14]

Spring Session Program[edit]

In the spring of 2013, CH-CH began an experimental learning program called Spring Session. The program takes place during the last week of May and consists of a variety of experiences that give students the opportunity to engage themselves in a topic they are passionate about. A few past Spring Session experiences have included:

  • Walt Disney World educational programs
  • Circus Arts at Esh Aerial Arts Studio
  • Creative Writing Workshop
  • A trip to Washington D.C. and Gettysburg to study the Civil War.
  • Studying Marine Biology in Key West

Earlier in the school year, students are given the option to choose from over a dozen potential experiences. Each experience is designed and chaperoned by CH-CH faculty and staff. All of the offerings have an educational component. Upon their return, each group gives a presentation to the school on their Spring Session experience. [15]

Recent Graduation Speakers[edit]

  • June 7, 2003: The Reverend Zina Jacque,[16] Director of Pastoral Counseling, Trinity Church
  • June 3, 2006: Andre Dubus III, Author, Executive board member, PEN New England
  • May 31: 2008: Rev. Dr. Bruce H. Wall,[17] senior pastor, global ministries Christian church
  • May 30, 2009: Daniel Strachman, author
  • June 5, 2010: Michael G. Thompson,[18] psychologist, author
  • June 4, 2011: Eric Giler,[19] CEO, WiTricity
  • June 2, 2012: Prince Faisal bin Hussein, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • June 1, 2013: Gregory Mankiw, author, Professor at Harvard University
  • May 31, 2014: Dr. Siri Akal Khalsa, Former CH-CH President
  • May 30, 2015: Jim Nwobodo, Senator of Nigeria

Notable Connections[edit]

Curtis Guild, Jr.: Guild was educated at Chauncy Hall and then attended Harvard University. At both schools he was involved in military organizations and be became a lieutenant in Harvard's rifle corps in 1879. In 1906, he became the 43rd Governor of Massachusetts serving until 1909.

Lucy Wheelock: Lucy enrolled in the Chauncy Hall School to prepare for college in 1876, but her discovery of the school’s kindergarten altered her plans. After graduating, she became a kindergarten teacher at Chauncy Hall. In 1888, Wheelock instituted a one-year training course for teachers of the school.[20] By 1896, Wheelock left the school to form the independent Wheelock Kindergarten Training School. Several decades later, Wheelock College was named to honor her efforts in the field of education.[21]


Chapel Hill – Chauncy Hall School is the host of Running Brook Day Camp for youth and teens between the ages of 3.5-18.

Since 1980, Running Brook Camps have been providing boys and girls a safe, caring, relaxed, and challenging summer camp experience. All campers participate in a diverse daily schedule of activities designed and facilitated to improve skills, encourage cooperation and increase self-confidence. Each activity is run by an experienced, adult specialist and is structured with the specific developmental abilities of each group in mind. Each week there are also different camp-wide events, dress-up days, and special performers.[22]

Additionally, the camp offers adventure trips and camping experiences. Trips are co-ed, with two to three counselors per group, combining on and off-campus adventure activities throughout New England, the Mid-west and Western states, Eastern Canada and Puerto Rico during the summer months. Winter trips take campers on day trips around Greater Boston, and a week-long overnight trip to Vermont.[23]


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