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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

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

Coffee truck

Chartwell parents came together to show their appreciation of our faculty and staff for Teacher Appreciation Week. On Wednesday, the Bella Bee Coffee Truck arrived on campus along with a table filled with breakfast treats. On Friday, parents created a smoothie bar and hand-delivered them to classrooms for teachers. Thank you to our Chartwell Family Network for your support!

Students working in the maker space

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. The projects link subject matter and skills instruction into a coherent whole.

For Project Period 3 this year, the theme was Science Fiction and the driving question was: How can I use Sci Fi to envision what alien life would be in the Proxima Centauri system? 

Tents and campsite

This year, many students missed out on the traditional science camp due to COVID restrictions. STEAM Director Topher Mueller, realizing the educational and social-emotional value of this annual experience, worked to recreate an abbreviated on-campus science sleepover including science projects, a day hike, astronomy, games, and even a campfire.

Kayla Cromer on the Hoda and Jenna Show

Chartwell alumna Kayla Cromer was recently interviewed on the Hoda and Jenna Show for her role in the TV series Everything's Gonna Be Okay. Kayla's character, Matilda, has autism - a diagnosis Kayla also shares. Kayla has been a passionate advocate for dyslexia awareness, and the associated learning differences that often accompany it. Congratulations, Kayla, on your tremendous success. You can watch the segment here

Teacher showing young student how to throw the javelin

Students in Mr. Owen's and Mr. Whitman's classes are studying Greek history. To bring the Olympic spirit to life, they hosted their own version of the legendary games. Ms. Benjamin, a college track and field athlete, came out and taught students how to throw the javelin and the shot put. The focus of the day was on trying new activities, being competitive and supportive of one another, and imagining what the early Greek games would have been like.

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