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Letter from the Director

Dear Prospective Chartwell Family:

Your curiosity about Chartwell High School likely means you have a bright teen who is struggling in school. Many children feel that they have one primary job: school. When they cannot seem to excel at school, their confidence and self-concept suffer.

At Chartwell High School, we are proud to serve atypical learners. Our faculty has chosen to work here because we truly believe that not all great minds think alike, and our students do indeed have great minds.

Students at Chartwell High School are creative, hard-working and motivated problem-solvers. They are the great minds of tomorrow, and it’s our mission to help them build on their strengths and support their stretches.

To achieve this mission, we offer a welcoming, engaging, and successful learning experience for our students—many of whom have not experienced such success before. As students move through our program, we work as a teaching team to equip them with the skills, strategies, tools and mindset needed to help them access their potential. By senior year, students look back at the great strides they have made and marvel at their own progress.

At Chartwell, students discover that learning does not have to be a struggle. I encourage you to learn more about our distinct program and how it positions students for success in college and a fulfilling life beyond school. I look forward to meeting you and showing you our campus and community.


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Alyse LeValley
Director of the High School

Alyse LeValley is the director of the high school at Chartwell School. Prior to Chartwell, Alyse worked to support students directly at UC Santa Cruz and University Texas at Austin. Her roles have included literature and history teacher, academic mentor to student-athletes, curriculum developer, college advisor, and 1:1 tutor for students who learn differently. She holds an MA from University of Texas in Art History, a Special Education credential from CSUMB, and a College Counseling Certificate from UCLA. She is passionate about access to higher education and cognitive diversity, and her areas of expertise include preparing a cognitively diverse student body for higher education, the college admissions process, and the wide range of support that can be found in colleges and universities throughout the U.S.