CHA 2nd Grade Girl in Tech Lab


In general, when we first started looking at schools, I knew I wanted a school for my daughter that would be academically challenging, make learning fun, structured yet not militant, low teacher\student ratios, provide opportunities that she wouldn’t get at any other school, fantastic teachers and staff (who were nurturing and loving)….and a place where it was encouraged for parents to be involved (just to name a few). CHA is every one of those things, and SO many more. Every CHA parent you speak to will echo this feedback. At CHA, I knew that my daughter was in amazing hands every day and she learned so much, very quickly. I was constantly amazed at how much she learned and how much she knew, in comparison to some of her friends who attend other schools. She loved to go to school every day, loved to do her homework, was excited about learning…everything a parents wants to hear from their child when it comes to school.Academically, it’s an amazing school. My daughter was always grade levels above the grade she was in, in all subjects. She consistently tested in the 99th percentile (10 grade equivalent) on the ITBS test and last year, at 9 years old, tested in the 90th percentile on the SSAT (the entrance exam for private schools). CHA offers Spanish as a standard & Latin for the upper grades. They have great science, technology and art programs as well. All grades also participate in a school musical every year. Tons of extracurricular activities are available at the school (after school), like sports, languages, music, etc. They have a really great ski program every Winter as well!As a parent (and a very busy working one!), I loved how included I was. I never felt in the dark, I always knew where my daughter stood academically and I knew how loved she was (and still is) by every staff member at the school…not just by her teacher. The communication at CHA is another thing I think is extremely important. Being a working parent, I loved how proactive the school was in communicating with me…I always knew about events well enough in advance so that I could plan my calendar accordingly. They want parents to be involved!! The school is also very diverse. Another reason I love it so much. - submitted by a parent February, 2017

Our daughter started CHA in kindergarten and is now about to complete First Grade. It’s been great to watch how her reading and writing skills, in particular, have dramatically improved in these two years.  She’s currently reading at a mid-third grade level! We love the small class size and individualized approach to reading and mathematics. Having specialists for Art, Music, Spanish, PE, and Technology starting in kindergarten also sets CHA apart from other schools in the area. CHA integrates Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits into the curriculum and puts emphasis on the development of leadership skills and also socially to be good citizens. Outside of normal classroom activities CHA provides a wide variety of interesting after school activities. Currently she’s taking piano, karate, and in cooking and science club. In the winter, the whole school participates in a skiing program which is challenging and great fun for all the students. Staff at CHA are wonderful and the day-to-day communication with the teachers and principal is excellent. We couldn’t be happier with CHA and our daughter’s progress there, we highly recommend it and are excited to have also have our son attend in the near future. —Submitted by a parent, June, 2015

CHA is an amazing school!  Our son, now a 5th grader, has had the opportunity to attend CHA for the past five years.  CHA offers students the ability to learn and develop in an environment that embraces diversity and individuality while also stressing the importance of global citizenship within the classroom, school and community.  We have been extremely happy with the quality of teachers and extracurricular opportunities afforded our child while attending the school.  The academic program is rigorous as evidenced through standardized test results and ability to gain entrance to the region’s best middle schools.  It was extremely important to us, as parents, that our child not only develop academically, but also as a whole person with strong social skills, self-awareness and confidence.  We highly recommend CHA. —Submitted by a parent, May 11, 2015

Both of our children have attended CHA since 1st grade and Kindergarten respectively. This is an excellent school on multiple facets: 1) teachers and staff are top notch and truly care about the development of the kids; 2) the curriculum is progressive (i.e. not super easy) but the kids are challenged at the level appropriate to them; 3) they foster leaders - and it is ingrained in everything they do - kids get opportunities to lead, starting with leading themselves on a regular basis. My oldest has gone on to a college-prep type of middle/high school and we found that CHA prepared him for this next level extremely well. CHA helps develop well rounded, global citizens. A great return on my investment. I’d do it again. —Submitted by a parent, January 8, 2014

Chestnut Hill Academy is an amazing school. My daughter will be in 4th grade next year and has been attending CHA since Kindergarten. I wanted a school for my daughter that would be academically challenging, diverse, have nurturing teachers, low teacher\student ratios and where parent involvement was encouraged. CHA is every one of those things and SO many more. My daughter is in amazing hands every day and is multiple grades ahead of her friends in public school; from a maturity perspective as well as an academic perspective. Not only is she challenged in the classroom, but she gets to participate in amazing opportunities like school musicals and their fantastic ski program. She absolutely loves CHA and has said many times that she wishes school was year-round! As a very busy working parent, I appreciate how proactive the school is in communicating with me. I always know exactly what is happening with my daughter and I know about school events well enough in advance so that I can plan my calendar accordingly. I feel extremely fortunate that my daughter attends such an amazing school. —Submitted by a parent, June 12, 2013

After five years at CHA we still couldn’t be happier. The price is right on par with other private schools in the area, test scores are amazing, and the staff is an energizing bunch. Most of all educational needs are met individually with care and thought. Students are happy. I love to hear them laughing on their way into the building. There is no better testament. Opportunities for parent involvement are available. Our child has embraced writing in a way we only hoped for, even writing stories on her own at home. It’s truly multicultural. Really, this school is a great package and the administrative team is stellar! —Submitted by a parent, Posted June 11, 2013

The big word in education these days is “differentiation.” Chestnut Hill educators don’t just talk about it; they implement it. Teachers make a real effort to meet each child where they are and help them to excel. This school has small class sizes as well as teachers and staff who really know each child. The ski program, spring musicals, art, technology, and music programs are huge hits with my child. The leadership of the school is solid and transparent. Parents are always kept in the loop; emails to teachers are answered in a timely fashion…often within an hour or two. There is real parent-teacher partnership happening here. CHA provides a strong foundation for a child’s future. —Submitted by a parent, June 7, 2013

2013 ITBS scores just came out; every grade outperforms itself. What is amazing is that it isn’t just 2nd grade is at 3rd grade level and 3rd grade is at 4th; each year the differential gets larger! So the longer your kid goes to CHA… Completely worth the money. My daughter started at 3rd grade doing 2nd grade math (fault of previous school); CHA follows the student’s performance and raises the difficulty as he/she can handle it; now my daughter is in 4th grade math [did I mentioned this is in the same year?). Reading level has moved from 3rd to 6th grade capabilities in this same year. Emotionally she is more mature as well. Seriously, CHA is awesome. I am hard on principals (I worked in an education dept while in graduate school) and this principal is one of the best in handling my philosophical interrogations. Teachers respond to your emails. Every staff member seems to know every kid; impressive. And holy cow, they have ski school during the winter too! My recommendation of CHA is unequivocal. —Submitted by a parent, June 6, 2013

Our child started CHA in kindergarten. Now she is a third grade student. She loves learning and CHA plays a very important role on this. Bright Horizons has five elementary schools in four states. This gives them ability share what works and what can be better. They have continuous training for staff and teachers. Low student-teacher ratios gives them ability gives teachers ability to help each kid in their own pace. For example, my daughter receives extra home work in areas she feels not challenged. And she gets more attention if she needs in another area. I see staff and teachers are always happy. I have read some earlier review about teacher turn over. I have seen some teachers leaving CHA over the years. But these were mostly due to personal reasons like getting marrying and moving out of area, retiring or deciding to take care of their newborn. I see these teachers as extra activity teachers or as guests at special events. They are still part of CHA. CHA is very diverse school. And they embrace this really well. My child has friends from around the world. CHA is committed to raising leaders. You can see this in all their activities. I strongly recommend CHA as a parent. —Submitted by a parent, February 3, 2013

Our daughter has been at CHA from K-5. We are currently searching for a new school and find it difficult to compare other schools to CHA because of the teachers and support staff. They have all been wonderful for the past 5 yrs. The before and after school programs are ideal for working parents, as the children are well supervised and often working on projects/activities. Parents are very involved at this school. We have a another child who hopefully will be attending next year.
—Submitted by a parent, January 4, 2013