Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall offers a unique, challenging college preparatory curriculum in addition to an array of arts, athletics, and other dynamic opportunities for students to discover new interests and reach their individual potentials. Our 41-acre, gorgeous, tree-lined campus is just 10 miles from Boston, boasting a location that allows students to immerse themselves in various cultural opportunities throughout the school year.

CH-CH is home to a diverse group of students from a multitude of states and countries who share the desire and potential to achieve greater academic success, while our experienced, dedicated and creative faculty shares the responsibility of teaching the way our students learn. CH-CH students find a learning environment that is academically challenging and innovative, coupled with the option of receiving additional academic help within our cohesive Skills and Academic Support program. All aspects of life at CH-CH, from weekly teacher-written progress reports to an individualized approach to college counseling, are student-centered. Our encouraging, compassionate and supportive community climate fosters leadership, respect, creative thinking and independence in our students. The primary focus of our active curriculum and environment is to successfully prepare our students for college, and beyond. We are dedicated to differentiated classroom instruction, and have developed a “multiple intelligences” approach to teaching and learning which allows us to focus on providing students with a range of engaging learning opportunities – both in and out of the classroom.

785 Beaver Street, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA 02452

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Director of Admission: Lisa Pelrine
Admissions Phone:781-314-0800Fax:781-894-5205
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $75
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes

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CH-CH Officially Opens the Newly-Renovated 'Commons'!

Posted on September 10, 2012
We are pleased to proclaim to the Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall School community that “The Commons” opened on schedule with a reception and facility reveal on Friday, September 7th, 2012. This marks an historic moment in the School’s campus facilities development.

  • Founded: 1860
  • Campus Size: 41 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC, AISNE
Student Body
Grades 9th-post-grad
Grades 9th-post-grad
Girls     31 41 72
Boys     41 52 93
Total     72 93 165

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $49,200
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $35,900
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 18.00%
  • Average Awarded: $33,000

Summary: As noted in our curriculum guide, "Every day we strive to inspire our students to discover their talents and to leverage these talents to learn new skills and content. In many ways our classrooms have become more like laboratories than lecture halls, places where students engage actively in the process of discovery as they produce works of literature, science, and art. Along with our approach to teaching and learning, we believe that the curriculum we offer at CH-CH has the potential to transform our students as thinkers and learners. In keeping with our appreciation of diversity, our curriculum is remarkably rich for a small college preparatory school. At the beginning levels, we introduce students to foundational skills and content across the disciplines so that they will emerge prepared not only to succeed but also to delight in the electives they choose as juniors and seniors."

Department Director: Josh Bubar

Average Class Size: 10

Full Time Teachers: 35

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 55.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 5/1

Number of AP Courses Offered: 3

Notable Achievements: Offer certificate of advanced study - math/science, Offer certificate of advanced study in the arts, Offer a variety of independent study options

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Post Graduate Year
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Learning Center
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Writing Center
  • Evening Math Lab
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Heroes & Monsters/Reading as a Writer
  • United States History
  • World History
  • Twentieth-Centur y Issues/Historical Study in Music
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Senior Humanities
  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Chemistry II Biology II Advanced Physics
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Differential Equations Pre-engine ering
Computer Studies:
  • Multimedia
  • Choral Music
  • History of Music
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Songwriting
  • Chamber Ensemble
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • 3-D Design
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Directing
  • Drawing
  • Film and Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Pottery
  • Printmaking
  • Public Speaking
  • Sculpture
  • Studio Art
  • Television Production
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Independent Study
  • Leadership
  • Outdoor Education
  • Charger Points/Dormitory RAs/Senior Speeches
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • English Literature
  • Studio Art

Department Director: Lori White

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 3

Average Students Per Dorm: 30

No. of Girls Dorms: 2

No. of Boys Dorms: 1

Dorm Amenities:
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life

Summary: Our students pursue interests, bond with classmates, contribute to the community, and have fun with a variety of activities during the class day, which includes a meeting period for student clubs. Clubs include Drama, Student Government, Amnesty International, International Student Organization, Students of Color Alliance, and the Gay/Straight Alliance.


  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Sand volleyball court(s)
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Pool
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • Student Center

Clubs and Organizations

  • Community Service
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • International Clubs
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Photography
  • Sexualities Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga

Summary: Students have several opportunities to participate in mandatory afternoon activities. We offer traditional interscholastic sports, as well as fitness training and less traditional options such as badminton and rock climbing. Other activities may include robotics, newspaper, drama, and tech crew. Seasoned athletes, as well as those trying a sport for the first time, have the opportunity to participate, develop their skills, and enjoy the camaraderie of being on a team. The arts enrich the CH-CH experience both as academic courses and as co-curricular activities. In the visual arts, courses are offered in photography, digital art, ceramics, sculpture, art history, and studio art. The most dedicated artists can pursue our concentrated program to earn a Certificate of Distinction in Visual Art. In the performing arts, students choose from a variety of courses, such as Fundamentals of Theatre Arts, Chorus, and Cultures of Hip Hop and Rock & Roll Music. Through the Drama Program, students have the opportunity to participate in three major shows during the year, including one musical.

Arts Department Director: Cindy Ludlam

Athletics Department Director: Lori White

  • Audiovisual Club
  • Choral Music
  • Drama Club
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rock Climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Racquet Ball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Weight Lifting

Department Director: Brooke Fincke

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Brown University 1 graduates
Vassar College 2 graduates
Rochester Institute of Technology 2 graduates
Boston College 1 graduates
Tufts University 1 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

Notable Alumni

Quotes from Alumni

"When I was looking at schools, I noticed CH-CH’s diversity right away. When I visited campus for the first time, everyone knew my name – I felt welcomed. The community was what made me choose it."

-TaCora, Class of 2012, Newark, NJ



Summary: RUNNING BROOK DAY CAMP provides boys & girls, ages 3-12, a safe & caring camp experience that encourages them to do what they do best: play! We provide an environment that de-emphasizes competition & encourages active participation through group activity & cooperative play. Low staff-to-camper ratio allows us to get to know each camper individually, providing the structure and care needed for a wonderful summer! Our goal is to help kids to grow in physical & social confidence, & to have fun along the way! Running Brook is a place where kids laugh, play, learn & grow. We welcome you to contact us for a visit & to learn more about this coming summer! RUNNING BROOK DAY CAMP’S LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM is a structured, goal-oriented program for motivated, rising 8th and 9th graders who want to become leaders & learn the skills necessary for working with young children. LTPs are assigned to younger camper groups, or as an assistant to an activity specialist during the first half of the camp day. LTPs receive direct feedback & supervision from group counselors or specialist to whom they are assigned, & from the LTP Director. In the afternoons, LTPs reconvene as a group & can participate in the regular camp activities. Time is also spent debriefing and processing experiences with campers in the mornings, engaging in team-building activities & discussion on leadership styles. ASPEN ADVENTURES is a co-ed program combining on & off-campus adventure opportunities for campers ages 10-18. Aspen provides young people with an exciting camp experience while offering opportunities to build self-confidence & a sense of community. Participants learn outdoor skills in a supportive atmosphere that fosters & encourages friendship, trust & interdependence. It is the hope of Aspen Adventures that the finite summer camp experience becomes a deeply positive influence, impacting participants for a lifetime. SUMMER SPEAK – English Language Learners Program. FOR MORE INFO:

Department Director: Jim Bellanca

Running Brook Day Camp

June 25, 2012 to August 24, 2012

RUNNING BROOK DAY CAMP provides boys & girls, ages 3-12, a safe & caring camp experience that encourages them to do what they do best: play! We welcome you to contact us for a visit & to learn more about this coming summer!

Registration Deadline: June 25, 2012
Financial Aid Available:  No
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Aspen Adventures Program

June 25, 2012 to August 24, 2012

ASPEN ADVENTURES is a co-ed program combining on & off-campus adventure opportunities for campers ages 10-18. Aspen provides young people with an exciting camp experience while offering opportunities to build self-confidence & a sense of community.

Registration Deadline: June 25, 2012
Financial Aid Available:  No
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SummerSpeak Program for English Language Learners

June 30, 2012 to July 29, 2012

Non-native English-speaking students will improve skills, focusing on fluency, pronunciation & cultural interaction. The curriculum focuses on integrating language skills & learning takes place with trips in New England & NYC. Daily goals challenge students to work towards their potentials.

Registration Deadline: June 29, 2012
Financial Aid Available:  No
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