Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall School

785 Beaver Street
Waltham, MA 02452-0245
Tel: (781)314-0800
Grades: 9-12 | 176 students
Located on a 37-acre, beautiful suburban campus,just ten miles from Boston. The Museum of Fine Arts, Fenway Park, Copley Square, Museum of Science, and Faneuil Hall are just a short train ride away.
Located on a 37-acre, beautiful suburban campus,just ten miles from Boston. The Museum of Fine Arts, Fenway Park, Copley Square, Museum of Science, and Faneuil Hall are just a short train ride away.
At CH-CH, our innovative approach affects not just what individual teachers do. It's also how we've structured our class day. Each academic class meets three times a week, and the class periods are 75 minutes long.  This 'Extended Learning Time' allows teachers to truly get to know their students.
We have built our educational approach on the fundamental belief that students learn in different ways and have different strengths in demonstrating what they have learned. In a CH-CH classroom, you might find students playing a ball-throwing vocabulary game, giving students a way to listen, touch, and see the words.
Our innovative Learning Center develops an Individual Learning Style Profile for each student. A great way to help students understand their strengths, talents, and areas of weakness, the profiles are also useful to teachers seeking to create effective lessons that enhance learning. This program is designed to equip students with self- awareness and the tools for self-advocacy.
The arts enrich the CH-CH experience both as academic courses and as co-curricular activities. In the visual and performing arts, courses are offered in photography, film, ceramics, vocal and instrumental music, etc. The most dedicated artists can pursue our concentrated program to earn a Certificate of Distinction in Visual Art or take AP Studio Art.
Our students pursue interests, bond with classmates, contribute to the community, and have fun with a variety of activities during the class day, which includes a meeting period for student clubs. Clubs include Dance, Student Government, Amnesty International, International Student Organization, Students of Color Alliance, and the Gay/Straight Alliance.
Students have several opportunities to participate in mandatory afternoon activities. We offer traditional interscholastic sports, as well as fitness training and less traditional options such as Frisbee and rock climbing. Seasoned athletes as well as those trying a sport for the first time are always welcomed onto our teams. Other activities may include newspaper, drama, tech crew, and various internships.
Weekends offer opportunities for recreation and relaxation on campus, such as watching a movie with friends, playing a pick-up game of basketball in the gym, or having a cookout. Major school events include Diversity Day and Winter Carnival. Off-campus activities include going to museums and attractions in Boston (10 miles away), shopping, or out to dinner.
Throughout the college application process, the CH-CH college counselors provide our students with expert advice and special opportunities. Among other things, the office holds a week-long summer boot camp (during which incoming seniors can complete their applications), offers guidance sessions on Monday nights, and facilitates small gatherings in which our students can forge personal connections with various colleges and universities.
With a history that goes back more than 175 years, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School is a small, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 9 to 12 and postgraduate.
Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall offers a unique, challenging college preparatory curriculum in addition to an array of arts, athletics, and other dynamic opportunities for students to discover new interests and reach their individual potentials. Our 39-acre, gorgeous, tree-lined campus is just 10 miles from Boston, boasting a location that allows students to immerse themselves in various cultural opportunities throughout the school year. CH-CH is home to a diverse group of students from a multitude of states and countries who share the desire and potential to achieve greater academic success, while our experienced, dedicated and creative faculty shares the responsibility of teaching the way our students learn. CH-CH students find a learning environment that is academically challenging and innovative, coupled with the option of receiving additional academic help within our cohesive Skills and Academic Support program. All aspects of life at CH-CH, from weekly teacher-written progress reports to an individualized approach to college counseling, are student-centered. Our encouraging, compassionate and supportive community climate fosters leadership, respect, creative thinking and independence in our students. The primary focus of our active curriculum and environment is to successfully prepare our students for college, and beyond. We are dedicated to differentiated classroom instruction, and have developed a “multiple intelligences” approach to teaching and learning which allows us to focus on providing students with a range of engaging learning opportunities – both in and out of the classroom.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded 1828

Student Body

Total Students 176 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 10 students
Number of AP Courses 5 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses AP Calculus A/B, AP Environmental Science, AP Literature and Composition, AP Studio Art, AP US Government and Politics
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $39,200
Tuition Notes Day Student Tuition= $39,200 Boarding Student Tuition= $53,750
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Lisa Pelrine
Admissions Associate Christina Leonelli


Total Sports Offered 11 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Weightlifting, WrestlingBasketballCross Country,
Rock ClimbingSoccer,
SoftballUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 11 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Debating, Drama, Gay/Straight Alliance, International Student Organization, National Honor Society, Robotics, Student Government, Student Newspaper, Students of Color Alliance, Tech Crew, Yearbook Debating, Drama, Robotics, Tech Crew, Yearbook, Gay/Straight Alliance,
International Student Organization,
National Honor Society,
Student Government,
Student Newspaper,
Students of Color Alliance,

School Notes

  • Learning Center
  • ESL
  • Weekly Advisory
  • Multiple Intelligence Approach to teaching and learning
  • Grade Level Programs
  • Community Service Requirements & Cultural Opportunities
  • Summer Enrichment Programs - SummerSpeak for English Language Learners, Running Brook Day Camp, Aspen Adventures Program
  • Independent Study Options
  • Fine Arts Certificate Program
  • Summer College Counseling Bootcamp

Profile last updated: 09/08/2015

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School Reviews

5.0 Stars   06/22/15
The Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall School has been a fabulous experience for our son in every way. Our son was a terrific student until high school, when some medical issues complicated his experience in the public school. He transferred to Chapel Hill in tenth grade and immediately began to flourish. The teachers are superb and provide weekly reports so that parents can remain informed about what is happening with their kids without having to micromanage the learning experience. The administration seems compassionate and particularly aware of the students' states of mind. The small class sizes are perfect for generating excitement about learning. The social vibe at the school seems very accepting and congenial, perhaps in part, because the school is too small to foster diverse cliques. The outside activities are terrific and help to generate a strong sense of community. Our other child attended Cambridge School of Weston, and although we also appreciated CSW's many attributes, we have been significantly more impressed with Chapel Hill.
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