Chase Collegiate School is Moving Forward
Posted 11/02/2017 09:45AM

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."

Moving Forward, 


Dr. Polly Peterson
Head of School

Chase Collegiate School
565 Chase Parkway Waterbury, CT 06708
(203) 236-9500

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