Chestnut Hill Academy

Chestnut Hill Academy is a private, secular, co-ed day school in Bellevue, WA recognized for providing an exceptional learning environment that emphasizes high academic standards, student leadership, a low student-to-teacher ratio, and a wide array of meaningful enrichment activities.
The school caters to 375 Kindergarten through Fifth Grade students.
Our students typically matriculate to leading private college preparatory schools including Eastside Preparatory School, Eastside Catholic, Forest Ridge, Lakeside, Overlake, and Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the local public schools.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked WA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-5
  • Enrollment: 369 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $30,905
  • Acceptance rate: 58%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 12 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Chestnut Hill Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Washington for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-5
ADD/ADHD Support
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
369 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade
Chestnut Hill Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
23 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
16 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 12 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition for Kindergarten through 5th Grade - $30,905 Plus $125 application fee and $1,200 deposit
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Monique Stuart-German


Total Sports Offered
3 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
16 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess, Coding, Creative Writing, Digital Media, Drama, Knitting, Mandarin, Math Enrichment, Science Explorers

Arts and Music Programs:
Arts and Crafts, Guitar Lessons, Percussion Ensemble, Piano

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Karate, Soccer Skill Building, Yoga

School Notes

  • Since 1998, CHA has been dedicated to developing global leaders one child at a time. The founders of the school focused on the development of the whole child - their intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and character development. This remains the aim of CHA today. The school strives to develop intelligent, thoughtful, and caring leaders with educated hearts as well as educated minds. We never lose sight of why we are really here and that is to prepare children for further academic challenges and to guide them to be responsible, compassionate, and active leaders of theworld.
  • The academic program at CHA is notably challenging but sufficiently flexible to meet the individual needs of children with varying degrees of readiness and ability. Although significant attention is given to the academic subjects and the co-curricular programs of Spanish, Music, Art, Technology, Physical Education, and Library, we believe that the growth of the whole child, including his or her attitudes and values, is as important as any particular academic discipline, knowledge, orskill.
  • CHA strives to have a diversified student body. We are a community of learners who value and are strengthened by the wide variety of our members. We believe that diversity unites the academic environment and is of paramount importance in preparing our children for life in an increasingly diverse and complex society. We are a school where individual differences are respected, welcomed, andvalued.
  • There are 47 teaching staff (Teachers, Specialists and Substitutes) comprising 6 men and 41 women. All our teachers and specialists have current WA teaching certificates. 62% of our certified teaching staff have Master's Degrees, and on average, our certified teachers have 6.65 years of teaching experience.
  • The only way to fully understand the magic of CHA is to see us in action. We invite you to schedule time to come and experience for yourself the school`s unique way of educating student leaders to be knowledgeable, confident, and resourcefullearners.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Chestnut Hill Academy cost?
Chestnut Hill Academy's tuition is approximately $30,905 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Chestnut Hill Academy?
The acceptance rate of Chestnut Hill Academy is 58%, which is lower than the national average of 85%. Chestnut Hill Academy's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Washington with low acceptance rates.
What sports does Chestnut Hill Academy offer?
Chestnut Hill Academy offers 3 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Martial Arts and Snowboarding.
What is Chestnut Hill Academy's ranking?
Chestnut Hill Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Washington for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Highest percentage of students of color, Largest student body and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for Chestnut Hill Academy?
The application deadline for Chestnut Hill Academy is Jan. 12 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 12 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
We have been a part of the Chestnut Hill Academy family for several years, and our experience has been nothing short of amazing. From the moment our daughter stepped into the school, she has consistently looked forward to going to school each day. The engaging and nurturing environment at Chestnut Hill Academy is a testament to the exceptional staff and their dedication to providing a top-notch education.The academic standards at Chestnut Hill are high, focusing not just on grades but on cultivating a deep understanding of the subjects. The emphasis on students being able to explain their work to peers encourages a culture of comprehension and collaboration.One of the school's standout features is the incredible parent community. It's heartwarming to witness the level of involvement and support that parents contribute to enriching the overall educational experience. The efforts between the school and parents truly create a holistic learning environment.The inclusivity and celebration of diversity at Chestnut Hill Academy resonate with our family, being African American. Our daughter benefits from exposure to various cultures, fostering a global mindset and understanding.Chestnut Hill Academy provides an excellent academic foundation and also nurtures a love for learning in each student. The positive atmosphere, dedicated staff, engaged parent community, and celebration of diversity make this school a true gem.
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This is an amazing school! They teach respect, leadership, and kindness. I am a parent who volunteers quite a bit and gets the opportunity to work closely with staff. The staff all genuinely care for the students and love what they do. The leadership is stellar and I wouldn`t trust anyone less than Mrs. Senaga and the Admin team to ensure the safety and well-being of each student. Whenever there is a concern, it is promptly addressed. Children are nurtured into their own independent leaders growing in compassion and knowledge. One thing this school has that you won`t see elsewhere is its ski program! That`s right! They take the kids skiing starting at Kindergarten building confidence, body mobility, and skills. Their extracurricular options after school are exciting and fill up quickly. They also have wonderful camps during school breaks.
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CHA is amazing. The administration is involved and collaborative. The teachers are energetic and communicative. The facility is bright and beautiful. School food is healthy and nutritious. Includes Art, music, PE, Library, Tech, Spanish. A great list of extracurriculars. The administrative staff is organized and helpful. Ski program! I love this place and so does my first grade son.
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I have been very happy with Chestnut Hill Academy- everything from the core curriculum to specialist classes like Spanish, Technology, Music and Art. My son also loves the PE classes because they are so inclusive. The past six years at CHA have helped develop my son into a very educated child with a passion for learning, excellent manners and respect for his peers and teachers and has given him a huge advantage going into Middle School. I highly recommend this school for these crucial elementary school years.
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Chestnut Hill Academy has been a wonderful education, both academically and emotionally for our daughter. We have felt included in our daughter's education and received excellent communications from the faculty and teachers. She will be moving on to her next education opportunity well-rounded, independent and an avid learner.
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This school has a wonderful, strong, well rounded program! Teachers and staff are kind and cooperative. They truly care for the students here. I strongly recommend them to anyone!!
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked WA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-5
  • Enrollment: 369 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $30,905
  • Acceptance rate: 58%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 12 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Bellevue, WA is $23,904 for elementary schools and $31,379 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Bellevue, WA is 83% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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