The Chase Collegiate School Community is made up of teachers, students, parents, alumni, grandparents, former faculty, friends, and community leaders to name a few. The Chase curriculum is based on a classic idea of what constitutes a first-rate education but also encompasses the visual and performing arts, athletics and service to community.
The challenging classroom experience is integrated with a variety of opportunities for self discovery, cultural enrichment through trips, collaboration, speakers and guests. At Chase we are proud to live our mission daily in areas of developing a lifelong passion for learning, personal achievement and contribution to community.
Buddy Class Program
One of the unique attributes of a Pre-K3 through Grade 12 school is the opportunity for interaction and sharing across grades in Lower, Middle, and Upper School. A signature program at Chase is the "Buddy Class Program" which pairs Upper and Middle School classes with those in the Lower School. For instance, Grade 12 is paired with Grade 5, Grade 11 with Grade 4, Grade 10 with Grade 3 and so on. While the students in Lower School may be assumed to reap most of the benefits from these pairings, the fact is that the learning works both ways. Our Upper and Middle School students learn patience, commitment and the importance of being a role model, while our Lower School students gain confidence and benefit from interaction with the older students.
A sampling of past year buddy activities includes:
Pumpkin Making with Grades 2 and 9; 12th graders duck pin bowling with 5th graders; 9th graders doing body-tracing biographies with 2nd graders; and 6th graders reading to and with Pre-K students.
Right, see how Grades 11 and 4 collaborate to make and send Holiday cards to local nursing homes.
Our students have initiated and have collaborated on many community service projects. The following is a sample list:
Supporting US troops in Iraq: Toys and games for children as well as toiletries and supplies for soldiers,
Volunteer to work in St. John's Soup Kitchen,
Donations for Tsunami victims - to the Red Cross,
Donations for the American Humane Society and Red Cross after Katrina,
Card making for area nursing homes and clothing and toy drives for various Waterbury schools and institutions - Generali, Kennedy, CCS, Women's Shelter
The Lower School and the Children's Community School in Waterbury,
have had a working association for a number of years. Chase recently received a grant from the Elisha Leavenworth Foundation to support partnership projects. Children in both schools are pen pals and visit to share cultural art events and grade level activities. For the last five years, Chase has had a "sister' school at Kondwa Centre in Lusaka, Zambia, and students, teachers and current families have worked to raise money to support this school for orphans. With these donations, Kondwa Centre has built bathrooms, provided a water filtration system, and helped to secure land for the development of a primary
school. The school's latest efforts have funded the purchase of seeds and fruit trees so that Kondwa Center will be able to grow some of the food needed to feed its students.