The Spirit of Chase is Resilience
From the first day I set foot on campus, I have heard stories about the Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies closing due to lack of funds, and being revived as St. Margaret's School for Girls; I learned that during the 1960's, St. Margaret's struggled as a girls' school during the height of the Equal Rights movement and how, ultimately, the School decided to merge with the K - 8 McTernan School for Boys in 1972.
The next obstacle we faced was our new name - St. Margaret's-McTernan School. This name implied a religious affiliation that no longer existed, thus deterring families who sought a non-secular education from considering the School. Our name change in 2005 aimed to clear up those misunderstandings and finally set right who we are - an independent, Pre-K through Grade 12 day school in Waterbury, CT.
The market crash of 2007-2008 meant diminished, or even depleted, expendable cash that so many of our families counted on to afford a Chase Collegiate education. Add on top of that shifting age demographics and construction expenses from our 2006 Upper School construction project. Ten years later Chase faced a (not so) perfect storm of challenges.
Our new partnership with the York Education Group is about resilience despite challenges. We are a proud school that has a strong future in its sights. We are moving forward - as Chase Collegiate School - and while it will most certainly not be smooth, move forward we will.
When a school community believes in itself, remarkable things can happen. I invite you to join us because, as Aristotle said, "the whole is more than the sum of its parts."
Dr. Polly Peterson
Head of School