The Chestnut Hill School

The Chestnut Hill School, a all gender day school located in a residential section of Newton, encompasses a preschool program for ages 3-4, an all-day Kindergarten, and Grades 1 to 6.
Two hundred thirty children are enrolled, with two sections at each grade level.
Because of the comparatively small size and the favorable student-teacher ratio, The Chestnut Hill School is able to offer a rigorous academic program that embraces diversity and promotes community.
Special subjects include art, technology, music, physical education, science, and Spanish.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-6
  • Enrollment: 237 students
  • Acceptance rate: 45%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 16
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Chestnut Hill School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-6
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
237 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
The Chestnut Hill School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 16
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies from $28,700 to $45,600 by grade. Financial aid is available.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Elisa Lynd Lellios


Total Sports Offered
4 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
6 extracurriculars
Chess Club, Early Morning Program, Extended Day Program, Friends in Our Community Service Program, Math Olympiads, The Chestnut Hill School for Music

School Notes

At The Chestnut Hill School, an independent, all gender school for children ages 3 through grade 6, we believe childhood optimism and enduring curiosity can transform the world. Here, students find meaning and joy in a diverse community that encourages all to question, to take risks, and to think critically. The Chestnut Hill School offers a robust curriculum that includes everything from art and music to science, technology and Spanish, along with traditional course offerings. An extended day program provides the chance for students to enjoy extracurricularactivities like dance, karate, chess, or sports in the same nurturing environment. The ChestnutHill School is committed to offering financial assistance to qualified families.
  • Before and Extended Day Programs (7:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
  • Green line T accessible
  • Located on five acres, with a soccer field, two playgrounds, two swimming pools and an outdoor amphitheater
  • A rich interdisciplinary program including Spanish from Beginners (age 3) to Grade 6, STEAM for Beginners (age 3) to Grade 6, and Latin in Grade 6
  • Excellent Secondary School Placement
  • Vacation Camps and The Chestnut Hill School Creative Arts and Sports Camp
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What schools are The Chestnut Hill School often compared to?
The Chestnut Hill Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Brimmer and May School, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School by visitors of our site.
What is the acceptance rate of The Chestnut Hill School?
The acceptance rate of The Chestnut Hill School is 45%, which is lower than the national average of 71%.
What sports does The Chestnut Hill School offer?
The Chestnut Hill School offers 4 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer and Softball.
What is The Chestnut Hill School's ranking?
The Chestnut Hill School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for: Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for The Chestnut Hill School?
The application deadline for The Chestnut Hill School is Jan. 16.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (9 reviews)
So far, we are nothing but happy that our family chose CHS for our child`s education. We are one year in, and one year surrounded by exceptional community and budding family friendships. Our child`s confidence and skills have bloomed under the nurturing guidance of a group of amazing teachers, who clearly honor each child`s uniqueness. The part that blew me away from the beginning was the sense that every adult in the building knew exactly who my kid was by less than 2 weeks in and she knew them, too. This familiarity and sense of community extend through the students as well, who clearly have plenty of intra-grade-level mingling and connection. Upper-school "Learning Partners" are a priceless feature for the littles, and I have to assume the benefit extends both ways. We are ecstatic to be returning next fall.
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CHS is fabulous. They have made both of our daughters confident, and caring members of the community. The staff is an extension of our family- they know your child so well.
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We have loved CHS. We sent our 3 kids here over a period of a decade +. It is an outstanding place that is very focused on building a strong foundation in children in their most formative years. The teachers are fantastic, truly get to know your child, and work side by side with them to help them chart the path that works for them and brings out their best. We would absolutely send our kids there all over again!
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The Chestnut Hill School is one of the best elementary schools in the Boston/MetroWest area. Their commitment to academic excellence, diversity, and community is unparalleled. The school has gotten even better this year under the strong leadership of new head Tamara Schurdak. Her commitment to making Chestnut Hill the best it can be is apparent in everything she does. She is a wonderful leader of a great team. This school is warm and inclusive, and is the type of place we all want for our children. Thank you, CHS!
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The Chestnut Hill School has been an amazing experience for both of our children, and for us as parents. The community is incredible. The focus on pluralism, diversity, equity and inclusion is outstanding. Academically, the curriculum, faculty and staff are all excellent. We could not be happier with the education our children are receiving. It is a nurturing and supportive environment, as well as challenging academically. It's a truly wonderful school.
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The Chestnut Hill School is an outstanding educational experience! CHS gives children a well rounded education. Exceptional teachers and Head of School!
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The Chestnut Hill School is a great elementary school - caring teachers, terrific community of parents, great head of school. It's academically challenging and deeply supportive at the same time, which allows kids to soar.
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I unequivocally and enthusiastically recommend The Chestnut Hill School for all preschool and elementary years. As this school year comes to an end, we are reflecting not just on the past year but the several years that we have been at CHS all which have been years of joyful years of growth for our children. Our oldest started at CHS in Pre-K; after we joined the community we wished we had experienced the amazing Beginners year and, therefore, chose Beginners as our entry point for our younger child. We are now in the Upper School at CHS and every stage of learning builds upon the strong foundation of each earlier year. CHS is committed to educating the whole child in an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity while perfectly blending academic challenge and nurture. Our children could not be more different from one another, but are both thriving and love going to school every day. During school vacations they miss their friends and teachers and wish they could return to school earlier! The community of parents is warm and inclusive with families, faculty, and staff sharing the same value system. As parents of elementary school aged children we find community supportive in every step of our parenting journey and appreciate that this age group is the sole focus of the school.
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hello my name is Ane Swart i am from Cape Town and i would just like to ask where your school is and if this bording school is also for people in grade 7-8.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-6
  • Enrollment: 237 students
  • Acceptance rate: 45%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 16
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Middlesex County, MA is $27,573 for elementary schools and $44,615 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Middlesex County, MA is 61% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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