Grades: 9-12 | 140 students
The Leader in Residence Program presents an exceptional opportunity to learn from women who shape the world culturally, socially, and politically. From Olympic Champion Venus Williams to Liberian President (and Nobel Peace Prize Winner) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Their remarkable stories provide a window through which our girls can begin to envision their own futures.
The classroom is just part of the learning experience at Chatham Hall. Highly qualified faculty who provide personal attention. Cocurricular programs that challenge and inspire. A supportive community of fellow students. They all come together in an educational experience you won’t find anywhere else.
Chatham Hall offers a wide range of science classes, including Environmental Science, Robotics, Pre-Engineering, and more. A dedicated science building provides state-of-the-art facilities, labs, and a greenhouse. In addition, Chatham Hall offers a Summer Investigators Science Camp for girls in grades 6-8.
Chatham Hall offers students a variety of arts opportunities, including visual art, dance, drama, and music. Students may take AP Art or Music Theory courses, in addition to participating in our clubs, drama programs, choirs, master dance classes and more.
Traditions help our many generations of students and faculty form a legacy that strengthens the entire community. Our most precious tradition, the Purple and Golden Rule, holds students accountable to each other as equal participants in a caring and supportive sisterhood.
Whether you’ve been riding your whole life or have always wanted to start, you can find a place in our program. The Chatham Hall campus is home to three teaching arenas, a permanent hunter trials course, and plenty of trails, making it one of the top equestrian boarding schools. Riding Summer Camps are also offered.
Service is an essential part of life for our students. Instead of requiring participation in service activities, we rely on the spirit of altruism that runs strong throughout our community — and the boundless compassion our students possess. Opportunities to serve span all interests and distances, from volunteering locally to mentoring students at schools in South Africa.
Chatham Hall's Athletic program is about learning and playing to win. Chatham Hall teams are cheered for their competitive spirit and good conduct. Yes, being a Turtle means being a champ. It also means emphasis on teamwork, camaraderie, leadership, and fair play.
MISSION: Chatham Hall prepares girls for college and for productive lives.
Our rigorous educational program encourages intellectual growth, creativity, and personal responsibility.
We foster the intellect and character of each student and, through our Honor Code, live in a community of trust.
Grounded in its Episcopal heritage, the school welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds. HERITAGE: Chatham Hall private school for girls was opened in 1894 by the Rev. C. Orlando Pruden as a regional school for educating young women of Southern Virginia and neighboring North Carolina.
From the outset, the school—originally named Chatham Episcopal Institute—provided a rigorous academic program designed to equip girls for the challenges of the future.
It was initially housed in the “Chatham Hall” estate of the late John Gilmer.The end of World War I brought changes in American culture that ultimately resulted in the 1927 transformation of the Chatham Episcopal Institute into Chatham Hall.
During this time, the school’s student body became more national than regional in composition, and the school’s reputation for excellence was solidified.Chatham Hall has a long tradition of encouraging girls to extraordinary accomplishment.
Georgia O’Keeffe, for example, graduated in 1905 and not only went on to art schools dominated at the time by men, but also succeeded in becoming one of the foremost American artists of the 20th century.
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)
National Coalition of Girls
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
|Grades Offered||Grades 9-12|
|Total Students||140 students|
|Student Body Type||All-girls|
|% Students of Color||
State avg.: 26%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||30 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||5:1
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree||
|Average Class Size||9 students|
|Number of AP Courses||14 courses|
|Average ACT score||25|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$42,000|
|% on Financial Aid||
|Total Sports Offered||12 sports|
|Sports||Ballet, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, VolleyballBallet, Basketball,
Cross Country, Dance,
Field Hockey, Golf,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||26 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Alter Guild, Art Club, Bit 'n Spur, Book Club, Brushes 'n Picks, COE Student Ambassadors, Chatham Athletic Council, Chathamite Yearbook Club, Cooking Club, Cultural Perspectives, Dance Club, French Club, International Club, JETS / TEAMS Engineering Math & Science, Knitting Club, Latin Club, Model UN, NICHE Student Rock Band, Poet Untamed, Senate, Service League, Sextet Senior A Cappella, Sherwood Drama Club, Student Council, Sustainability Club, The Columns Newspaper Alter Guild, Art Club, Bit 'n Spur, Book Club, Cooking Club, Dance Club, French Club, Knitting Club, Latin Club, Model UN, Poet Untamed, Senate, Service League, Brushes 'n Picks,
COE Student Ambassadors,
Chatham Athletic Council,
Chathamite Yearbook Club,
JETS / TEAMS Engineering Math & Science,
NICHE Student Rock Band,
Sextet Senior A Cappella,
Sherwood Drama Club,
The Columns Newspaper,
- At Chatham Hall, learning is an intentionally crafted experience. Each student chooses opportunities that will shape her education inside the classroom and out. The boarding structure immerses students in an environment where learning is threaded through all aspects of life, and the all-girls setting gives them the chance to reach their full potential.
Profile last updated: 05/28/2016
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