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The Chartwell Way

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The Chartwell Way is a teaching approach grounded in research and based on diagnostic prescriptive methodology. Our teaching is informed by student learning. We aim to reach every learner and adapt our teaching methods so that each student, at every age, learns and grows. 

Students are assessed upon entry and placed into homeroom or advisory groupings of no more than ten students with similar learning profiles within their age range. 

Students at the lower and middle school attend classes with their homeroom grouping for five of the seven periods including, Language Arts, Humanities, STEAM, Fitness and Wellness, and FLEX. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are all emphasized in each subject. Reading, writing, and the content subjects are taught with a strong emphasis on language competence, skill development, and cognitive strategy. Students are placed into smaller homogenous classes for structured literacy and math. These classes are skills based and academic performance is strongly considered. 

Students at the high school each have a customized schedule based on their interests, learning profiles, and their path to graduation and college acceptance. They are placed in an advisory group based on their learning profile and work with their advisor to develop and achieve individual goals. High school students take six classes plus an advisory class each year. While some students work to remediate their reading in Orton-Gillingham style literature classes, most students at the high school level are focused on learning how to self-advocate for themselves and use the accommodations and assistive technology that will allow them to learn and thrive in school and beyond. 

At all grade levels, students progress at different rates. Thus, progress is monitored continuously with internal assessments and teacher observations; academic groups are flexible in that students may move groups as their skills develop.

We moved to the Monterey Bay in fall of 2020 and enrolled our kids in school (not Chartwell). The transition back to in person school was hard for them, but our seventh grader in particular crashed. His accommodations were often forgotten, and he stood out with his ADHD and dysgraphia. His pre-existing anxiety intensified to the point we were picking him up early due to panic attacks multiple days a week.

We turned to Chartwell.

It was so clear that the teaching team "got" him, and they were willing to take a chance on him. So he started in 8th grade and it's been transformative. He's now a thriving high schooler who has matured in leaps and bounds and has told us that he -- for the first time in his life -- feels good about himself. Chartwell sees the awesome in him, which is truly life-changing. We are so grateful to have found the right place for our kid.