There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking. - Jean de la Bruyere

At Chase, we understand that communication is the foundation for 21st century skills, and public speaking is one of the cornerstones. Our 7th and 8th grade students hone their public speaking skills by presenting two formal speeches, known as Declamations, to their entire class, parents, and guests. A signature event in the life of our Middle School, Declamations teach our students the value of critical thinking, research, and composition, while building oratorical skills that last a lifetime.

The Declamation process typically begins with nerves, but with the guidance and support from teachers and peers, it finishes with our students’ beaming confidence on presentation day. It remains one of the Middle School’s most defining moments.

The content of the speeches are always relevant and engaging, but equal focus is placed on the delivery of this information. Chase students become not only comfortable, but confident in speaking to large audiences through a wide variety of styles and methods. From speaking behind a podium, to presenting while moving throughout the stage and audience, our students become first-rate orators. As polished and self assured public speakers, our students are prepared for a path to leadership and success.  

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

Pre K

Chase’s PreK program will give your child the freedom to explore the world and the structure to become an active, involved learner who is prepared for Kindergarten.

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Lower School

In this safe, nurturing private elementary school, our students explore, take risks and innovate.

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Middle School

The bedrock of this success in this private middle school is the atmosphere of support and trust. At Chase, we honor each student and help them achieve their personal best, through an intensive, daily advisory program.

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Upper School

This private high school gives its students the tools to develop into lifelong learners and innovative thinkers, prepared for the changing landscape of the 21st century. Upon graduation, Chase students are well prepared for college and life beyond.

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Innovation at Chase

We’ve integrated innovation and design thinking into our traditional curriculum – and created three high and low-tech design labs on campus, providing students the knowledge and space to chart their own course in terms of their approach to a project and the outcome they produce.

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