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Jacobson Gift Announcement

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Danielle Patterson, Head of School

With a deep sense of appreciation, Chartwell School is proud to announce a transformative moment for our school. We are the recipient of a $45 million gift from the estate of Chuck and Claire Jacobson who were longtime supporters of our mission and active members of our school community. 

The generous bequest from Chuck and Claire provides substantial new resources for Chartwell’s mission as a pioneering center of learning for students with language-based learning differences. The impact will be profound for our school community as the gift was directed by the Jacobsons to provide the seed funding to fulfill our long-term vision for a new high school on our campus. The donation also focuses on enhancing our programs to support teachers from many other schools seeking to leverage cutting-edge research on teaching practices and effective technologies for their classrooms. This will have a meaningful impact on the lives of countless young students at Chartwell and far beyond our campus boundaries. 

Following the intentions of this generous gift, Chartwell will utilize the funds in specific areas identified by the donors:

  1. Strategic visioning and planning of the 60-acre Chartwell school property to complete the original campus plan with a new high school and other facilities. This preliminary planning process is being launched in response to the growing demand of high school-aged students with dyslexia and other associated learning differences.
  2. Expansion of the Chartwell Teacher Training Institute (TTI) to provide more teachers from any California school with the tools and expertise to effectively educate students with learning differences in their classrooms.
  3. Creation of the Charles E. and Claire R. Jacobson Memorial Endowment Fund which will support the need-based financial aid budget, which is currently utilized by 38% of school families. Additional financial aid will allow Chartwell to equitably distribute more grants and scholarships to students based on a family’s financial need.

At Chartwell, we believe that students with language-based learning differences and diverse learning styles can be among the most creative, productive, and valuable members of the community if provided with the support they need. The great impact of Chuck and Claire’s generosity will be felt for generations as we develop these students into confident young people and adults equipped to achieve their goals in life.

We are deeply humbled that we have been entrusted with this tremendous gift to unlock the full potential of so many young students, both on and off the Chartwell campus.

In gratitude,

Signature of Danielle Patterson

Danielle Patterson 
Head of School



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About Chartwell

Chartwell empowers students with dyslexia and associated learning differences to unlock their full potential. We provide a college preparatory, strength-based program that gives students the skills, strategies, tools and mindset needed to become successful lifelong learners. We share our expertise through partnerships and outreach initiatives to transform education.

  • 184 students, Grades 1-12
  • 60-acre campus in Seaside, CA
  • Teacher-Student Ratio 1:4
  • All class sizes less than 10
  • $1.2 million in financial aid awarded in 2022-23 school year
  • Project Based Learning emphasis
  • 100% of high school seniors accepted to a four year college

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