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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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.
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?"
Electives and clubs offer students engaging and different ways to learn and develop skills - many of which they might have never been exposed to. This year several new offerings have students challenging themselves and growing socially and emotionally - including judo.
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.
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
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