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Chartwell teacher teaching ceramics to three young students

Extensive art offerings

Middle and high school interscholastic sports


60-acre campus for learning exploration

Welcome to Chartwell

Our Mission

Chartwell School serves students with dyslexia and other related and associated learning differences who are not currently reaching their full potential. We do this in grades 1-12 by providing targeted and direct instruction to empower them with the skills, strategies, tools and social-emotional mindset they need to thrive in college and beyond. Read More

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At a Glance

For nearly 40 years, Chartwell School has taught children to read well and reach their individual potential. Committed to being a mission with a school rather than a school with a mission, our work expands beyond our campus boundaries.

3:1 Student to Teacher Ratio

Small class sizes support individualized learning

All Classes are 10 Students or Less

Every student at Chartwell is seen and known

$2M Awarded in Financial Aid

More than 30% of Chartwell families receive some level of tuition assistance

100% College Acceptance Rate

Over $2 million in scholarships offered to members of the 2021 graduating class

1:1 College Counseling

Every senior takes a year long college readiness course

60-Acre Campus

Platinum LEED Certified campus includes two miles of hiking trails and views of the Monterey Bay

1:1 Engineering Kits per Student

Comprehensive STEAM program spans Grades 1-12

50 Parent and Community Workshops Each Year

Chartwell hosts weekly parent teas and monthly workshops to keep parents engaged and our community informed

Chartwell News

Modulars Provide More Space for Growing High School

Just last fall we announced the opening of Building 500, an addition of three more classrooms, large, open decks, and dedicated bathrooms for the high school. By last spring, it became clear more space would be needed for the rapidly growing high school. Two new modular buildings - each with two classrooms - were added to the campus earlier this month.

Fall Project Theme: Careers

Chartwell High School is rooted in project-based learning. Each school year is broken into four themed Project Periods. During each Project Period, the curriculum is shaped around a particular driving question and students engage in the production of a project that explores that question. This quarter Chartwell high school students will be pondering the driving question, “What is a good career for me and why?"

Chartwell’s Inaugural High School Athletics Season

With the growth of the high school and an increased interest in sports, Chartwell High School is launching its first competitive athletics teams this year. We will start the year with basketball and wrestling, and offer golf in the spring. Garrett Benjamin joined Chartwell this year and will be the athletic director for the high school. Mr. Benjamin joins us from Saint Francis School in Mountain View where he coached golf, wrestling, football, and softball, in addition to his teaching and administrative responsibilities.

VOTE for Chartwell

Chartwell School and STEAM Director Topher Mueller have been nominated in the Best School category and in the Best K-12 Teacher category of Monterey County Weekly’s “Best Of” Poll. Both categories are in the AROUND TOWN section. Voting is open until September 7, 2021. VOTE HERE 

Black and white photo of students at beach

For their fourth project period of the year, high school students are studying marine ecology. The field experiences have included a guided tour through the Elkhorn Slough Marine Sanctuary, tidepooling at Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz, and a whale watching excursion on the Monterey Bay. The period will culminate with final project presentations. Photo by Gabe Aquino, Grade 11

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