At a Glance

Founded in 1865, Chase is a co-educational, independent day school that educates children from Prekindergarten through grade 12, with a long-standing tradition of academic excellence and a commitment to helping our students achieve their highest goals.

At 150 years old, we are an old school; we are not “old school!” We seize opportunities to change, adding to our curriculum to prepare our students for a future that will be marked by seismic shifts in technology and social patterns. We’ve integrated innovation and design thinking into our traditional curriculum. Three design labs and scheduled Innovation Days enable students to create viable solutions to real world problems.

At Chase, we build strong partnerships with parents to make sure that their child will fit in, be respected and challenged to excel beyond what they ever imagined. When our families choose Chase, they do so with the understanding that Chase is so much more than academic excellence, small classes, fine and performing arts, athletics and student initiated clubs. Our dedicated teachers and advisers offer individual attention and plentiful encouragement while setting a high bar for what each student can learn and achieve. We offer the familiarity of a small community, with big opportunities for academic growth. We hope to meet you soon.

Basic facts

  • Founding: 1865
  • Campus size: 47 acres
  • Upper School: grades 9-12
  • Middle School: grades 6-8
  • Lower School: PreK-grade 5
  • Average class size:
    • Upper School: 11
    • Middle School: 13
    • Lower School: 11
  • Student/teacher ratio: 8/1
  • Schedule format: Semester

A Day School Offering More Than a Typical School Day

  • A relevant curriculum, including an emphasis on innovation and design thinking
  • Integrated Public Speaking
  • Family-style, mixed age lunches
  • Extraordinary fine arts, pottery, digital photography and wood working programs.  
  • Private music and voice lessons during the school-day
  • Student council, clubs and activities, and community service opportunities
  • Our Award winning Upper School Highlander Theater Company has received 150 nominations and won 20 Halo Awards in the past five years.
  • Optional After School Programs


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A Day School Offering More than a Typical School Day

  • A relevant curriculum
  • Integrated Public Speaking
  • Family-style, mixed age lunches
  • Impressive fine arts, pottery, digital photography and wood-working programs.  
  • Private music and voice lessons during the school-day
  • Middle and Upper School choirs
  • Student council, clubs and activities, and community service opportunities
  • Our Award winning Upper School Highlander Theater Company has received 150 nominations and won 20 Halo Awards in the past five years.
  • Optional After School Programs

The Student Body

  • Annual enrollment ranges between 225 and 300 students
  •  Class of 2018
    • 15 AP courses offered
    • 59 candidates took 112 AP exams
    • 75% scored a 3 or higher
    • Average SAT scores:
    • ERW (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing): 611
    • Math: 585
    • 100% college placement


2018-2019 Tuition 

Lower School

  • Pre-Kindergarten          
    • 3 Mornings (8-12 pm)           $  6,600
    • 2 Full Days (8-3:10 pm)        $  7,025
    • 3 Full Days (8-3:10 pm)        $ 10,425
    • 5 Mornings (8-12 pm)           $ 10,950
    • 5 Full Days (8-3:10 pm)        $ 17,450
  • Kindergarten $ 20,520
  • Grades 1-2    $ 24,650
  • Grades 3-5    $ 25,675 

Middle School

  • Grades 6-8     $ 33,300

Upper School

  • Grades 9-12    $ 38,500



  • 52 members
  • 41 with advanced degrees (Masters and Doctorates)
  • 15 years average teaching tenure at Chase; 22 year average teaching experience overall


Campus and Facilities


  • Fulkerson Arts Center
  • McTernan Centennial Library
  • State of the Art Multi Media Studio
  • Imagination Zone
  • Design Shop & Maker Space
  • Virtual Reality Computer Lab
  • Arts Annex
  • Miriam Camp Hall Lower School
  • St. Margaret's Hall Middle School
  • Upper School
  • Goss Field House
  • 9 playing fields
  • 8 tennis courts
  • 13 interscholastic sports; over 37 teams
  • Wireless access throughout campus
  • Campus pond for outdoor learning and winter skating

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

  • $2.0 million awarded for 15-16 school year, based upon demonstrated financial criteria/need.
  • Based on Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) filed with School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS)




  • Families typically drive their children to school or carpool with others from their community.
  • Transportation for Waterbury residents is provided free of charge by the City of Waterbury.  The stops on this route are available from the City of Waterbury at the end of August.

Accreditation & Memberships


New England Association of Schools and Colleges


  • National Association of Independent Schools
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • National Association of College Admission Counseling
  • Hudson Valley Athletic League and
  • Connecticut Independent Secondary Athletic Conference.

A Different Kind of Environment

Design Thinking
Public Speaking
Innovation Days

Chase offers an education for tomorrow, today.

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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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Every gift to Chase has a direct impact on our students and faculty.

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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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