Situated on 60 acres adjacent to the Pacific Ocean in Seaside, California, Chartwell’s campus provides students and faculty with a beautiful natural environment. Our campus is home to wild deer and turkeys, features a two mile perimeter trail and is covered in coastal oak woodlands and marine chaparral.

Designed by EHDD, when it opened in 2008, our campus buildings were awarded LEED certification at the highest level, LEED Platinum. Some of the features that are unique to our campus include:
  • Large windows and skylights to maximize natural light.
  • A 30 Kw photovoltaic system to convert solar energy to electricity. The solar system is expected to produce more than 53 million Watt-hours of electricity per year, our electric meter often runs backwards as we furnish power back to the grid!
  • Water conservation through state-of-the-art fixtures, water-efficient landscaping and a cistern that collects rainwater that is used to flush toilets.
  • Good indoor air quality protects student health. CO2 sensors adjust natural ventilation as needed.
  • A focus on acoustics, classrooms are built to eliminate or greatly reduce mechanical and outside noise, and improve communication.

Our Award Winning Campus


We are deeply proud of the advances our students make every day. Sitting in carefully designed classrooms, our students become capable, confident learners. We know that their surroundings support their success, and so we are also proud of our award-winning program and green campus. Major awards to date include:

Top 10 Buildings in the World Award, 2009 – American Institute of Architects

Livable Buildings Award, 2009 – Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley

Certified Green Business, 2008 – Monterey County Green Business Program

Green Superhero Award (to Douglas Atkins), 2008 – United States Green Building Council of Northern California

LEED Platinum (highest level), 2007 – United States Green Building Council

Governor’s Environmental & Economic Leadership Award, 2007 – California EPA

Best Overall Award, 2007 – Flex Your Power

Energy and Sustainability Honor Award (highest level), 2007 – American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Innovation Award for Construction Techniques and Materials, 2007 – California Association of General Contractors

Award for Energy Efficiency, 2007 – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Western Region

CHPS Certification (highest score to date), 2006 – California High Performance Schools

Business of the Year Award, 2006 – Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce