At a Glance
Grades: Kindergarten – Fifth Grade.
School Type: Independent, secular, co-educational day school.
Enrollment: 243 students in 2019-20.
Accreditations: OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction). NCES ID A0110106
Affiliations: WFIS (WA Federation of Independent Schools). NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools). CHA is a ‘Leader in Me’ School and holds King County ‘Sustaining Level’ Green School status.
Head of School: Holly Senaga, B.A., M.A.Ed. Administration, M.A.Ed. Creative Arts and Learning
Assistant Head of School: Derek Heinz, B.A., M.A.Ed. Administration
Director of Student Services: Monique Stuart-German, B.A., B.S., M.S. Child and Family Development.
Director of Technology and Communication: Sarah Morlidge, B.A.Sc., M.Ed. Educational Technology
Faculty: There are 24 teaching staff (Teachers and Specialists), comprised of 3 men and 21 women. 17 of our teaching staff have Master’s Degrees. On average, our certified teachers have 8.88 years of teaching experience.
Student-to-teacher ratio: An average class size is 15. The ratio during prime instruction blocks is typically lower, as Instructional Assistants support differentiated instruction during Math and Language Arts.
Campus: Our campus is located in Factoria, just off the I-90 and 405.
Hours of Operation: The CHA Campus is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Kindergarten meets 5 days a week, 8:30-3:00. 1st-5th Grade meet 5 days a week, 8:30-3:30. Before and after school care available daily for all children enrolled in our Extended Day program.
School Colors: Reflective Blue and Forest Green.
School Mascot: The Chipmunk.
Facilities: An all-weather surface soccer field, playground, large play unit, buildings include a cafeteria, two science labs, computer lab, a library, an art studio, yoga room and a gymnasium.
Technology: A fully connected campus, maintaining a high-speed Ethernet network and Internet connection, Windows 10 throughout campus, computers in all classrooms, a fully equipped technology lab with 2 3D printers, Surface tablets for all 4th and 5th Grade students, projectors, document cameras and interactive whiteboards in every classroom.
PTA: The school has a very active parent body called CHAPTER (CHA Parents and Teachers Ensuring Results).
Curriculum: CHA offers an accelerated and differentiated curriculum which encompasses service learning projects and philanthropy.
Specialist Classes: Art, Music, Technology, Spanish, Library Science, and Physical Education.
Extracurricular Classes: More than twenty onsite after school classes are offered.
Before and After School Care: CHA is open from 7 - 6 all year round except for public holidays.
Non-Discriminatory Statement: Chestnut Hill Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.
Tax ID: 04-2949680
“My children have attended Chestnut Hill Academy since Kindergarten. You will not find a more inclusive, rigorous, and character building primary education provider in the greater Seattle area.”
Some things I love about CHA:
- Dedicated, excited and professional teachers and staff
- Everything is perfectly organized
- Small class sizes – 15 or less
- Guaranteed before and after school care
- Great extracurriculars
- Amazing administration
- Beautiful facility and grounds.
- Big beautiful library
- Classrooms are well stocked. Promethean boards. Older kids get a tablet
- Big tech lab that each class goes to weekly
- Healthy/tasty food
- Multiple snacks during the day
- Ski program!
- Provides the ability for teachers to use different curriculums that best suit the child
- Focuses on the whole child, not just academics. Provides art, music, library, spanish, PE and tech lab
- Lots of ways for parents to be involved
- Encourages students to respect each other and treat each other well. Provides the framework for good behavior, with tools like Leader In Me and Bucket filling, and then provides lots of positive reinforcement
“We have been a Bright Horizons family for couple years. When my son was in preschool we have toured the school, from then on, we decided we will go there so we moved to the place where is closer to school. My son has been in the school for less than one year, and the school doesn’t disappoint us at all. All kind of activities, from family math night to stem night, from field trip to ski days (one day a week for five days), personalized class for kids, enriched curriculum, my son can’t be happier. Last christmas, I planned a trip which would miss some school days , my son almost cried and told me “I don’t want to miss any school day, could you plan the trip in no school days next time”.
Last and most important thing I want to say is we love the head of school, Holly so much!”