Design Thinking

Design thinking – the practice of innovating solutions to real problems – can create heightened levels of engagement and a tremendous excitement about learning. With teachers guiding students in the practice of design thinking, students learn to assess and adjust as they discover the world around them and their role in it.

“What would it mean to intentionally develop the entrepreneurial and innovative talents of all young people – to nurture their initiative, curiosity, imagination, creativity, and collaborative skills, as well as their analytical abilities – along with essential qualitites of character sucha s persistence, empathy and a strong moral foundation? ”
~ Tony Wagnar "Creating Innovators"

By integrating design thinking into the Chase curriculum, we are providing our students the skills to succeed in a world that requires creativity and an ability to quickly adapt to change.

This is Design Thinking


EMPATHIZE: Understand the experience of the audience for whom you are designing. Who is your user and what is important to them?

DEFINE: Form a user point of view. What are your user’s needs?

IDEATE: Brainstorm! Explore a wide variety of possible solutions without judging or editing them.

PROTOTYPE: Transform your ideas into a model that your user can experience and interact with. Get feedback from the user.

TEST: This is where the user tries your product or solution. What worked? What didn’t? Refine your product or solution.

Can design thinking help in your life? The New York Times says "yes!"

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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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