At Chase’s Upper School, you will develop ground-breaking skills in innovation and design thinking, enriched by a rigorous, traditional curriculum in English, Math, History, Social Science, Language and Science. Chase has been synonymous with academic excellence for its 150-year-history, and we have recently taken the lead in the field of innovation. You will master the tools to prepare for a future that will be marked by seismic shifts in technology and learning. For example, during our monthly “Innovation Days,” you will work collaboratively with your classmates to brainstorm ideas for such projects as opening a school café in the school library---and the goal is to actually implement your ideas.
You will rise to these challenges, supported by the true and meaningful relationships our students develop with our community. Beyond the wide variety of academic courses, you will also have the opportunity to pursue a field of special interest to you in an Independent Study Project (ISP) or Senior Capstone experience, both of which earn academic credits.
The hallmark of a Chase education is our individualized approach, through both small classes and your work with an advisor, who will serve as your sounding board, advocate and monitor of your academic and extracurricular progress. You will chart your course as a confident scholar and bold innovator for the 21st century.
The English Department seeks to challenge you in small, dynamic classes, where the richness of language will fire your imagination. You will work both collaboratively and independently, deepening your skills in comprehension, research, critical thinking and reasoning. You will learn to relish original and critical texts and the excitement of making your own creative writing leaps. In keeping with the theme of innovation at Chase, we also reach across disciplinary boundaries to broaden your understanding.
History & Social Science
The study of History and Social Science will help you develop into an engaged and educated citizen in a globalized world. Without an understanding of the past, the present is incomprehensible. Our mission is to introduce you to the breadth and depth of the human experience by a comparative study of past and contemporary cultures. You will learn to conduct research, analyze and assess evidence, and articulate sound conclusions.
Our classes, from our general offerings to Advanced Placement and electives, thrive on spirited, small-group discussions. Learning is never static at Chase, and history comes to life for students with such vibrant events as “International Awareness Day: Iran.” By studying the past, you will be prepared for the possibilities of the future.
“When am I ever going to use this in real life?” is the question universally asked about mathematics. The answer is that life is full of problems and mathematics courses provide a set of tools for solving many of them, whether attempting to financially plan your next family vacation or predicting the location of a boat trying to cross a river. Mathematics at Chase is an interactive, collaborative experience allowing students to expand their knowledge and develop a growth mindset through discovery and innovation. Classes incorporate old- fashioned tools, such as protractors, rulers, and white boards along with modern technology such as the TI-Nspire calculator, Smartboard, and interactive apps on the iPad. The program values multiple approaches to challenging problem solving and students learn to effectively communicate their reasoning.
Through our World Languages department, you will stretch not just beyond your own boundaries, but beyond those of other cultures. Instruction in French, Spanish, and Latin emphasizes written and conversational usage, with grammar serving as a core component. Cultural understanding and appreciation is embedded into all levels of the curriculum to deepen your study. Classes are lively and highly interactive, and most students choose to pursue their language for four years as a result.
Students in the modern languages gain extensive experience by making oral presentations in the target language, while top Latin students extend beyond the AP curriculum in the senior year into college-level work. A digital language lab is used regularly for partner work, speaking and listening practice, and assessments, which ensures a high level of proficiency. Our outstanding students earn consistently high scores on AP exams and other national assessments. Language immersion trips to France, Quebec, and Spain are offered regularly, where students’ skills grow rapidly in both linguistic ability and global awareness.
You will explore a breadth of science offerings at Chase, ranging from the core disciplines of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, through electives like Environmental Science, Forensics, Anatomy, Astronomy, and more. AP classes are available in all of the major disciplines. Throughout the curriculum, “Hands-on” is a main theme, with students participating widely in laboratory and field work. Students design their own experiments, and discover the creativity that drives the scientific process. Data is measured and recorded with a range of equipment both traditional and technical (such as Vernier probeware and iPads).
Opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom are abundant, with students participating in inspiring, “real life” experiences through internships in pharmaceutical R&D, environmental science, and more.