A College Prep Education with a Difference
The three divisions at Chase share in the mission of educating leaders who are lifelong learners, personal achievers, and community contributors.
The capstone experience occurs in the Upper School, Grades 9-12, where writing, critical thinking, effective classroom discussion, research, and problem solving are taught across disciplines and departments. We expect students to actively participate in their education to share, satisfy, and deepen their intellectual curiosity. Distribution requirements ensure a sound basis in English, math, science, history, and foreign language, and offer a wide and diverse choice of electives, particularly in the junior and senior years. Nineteen Advanced Placement college credit courses, advanced tutorials, and independent study projects enable students of varied interests to challenge themselves in preparation for the rigors of college.
Within the Middle School, the academic program encourages students to take responsibility for their learning as they begin to organize, synthesize, and integrate information. Students transition from a sixth grade year where they move from class to class in pods, to the seventh and eighth grade years where they cycle through five academic courses daily plus fine and performing arts and gym. Through this careful transition, students gain self-direction and awareness. Our fall outdoor education program, physical education program, interscholastic sports, and community service all present students with physical and personal challenges that improve their sense of cooperation and community.
In the Chase Lower School, a private elementary school education begins with combining an interactive academic program with a social curriculum known as The Responsive Classroom®. This curriculum enables children from three years of age through grade five to share the values of honesty, fairness, and respect, and to learn the skills of cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control. The academic program places emphasis on literacy skills, as well as on both the process and product of mathematical thinking. With a multi-sensory approach, children learn many ways to solve problems. Public speaking is an important part of the curriculum, and continues in the Middle School, through the formal Declamation process, and Upper School, where each senior delivers a Senior Speech as part of the graduation requirements.
The entire Chase Collegiate School faculty is committed to developing an outstanding curriculum across the school divisions that is challenging, creative, relevant, and stimulating.