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Educational Philosophy

The Chestnut Hill School educates students in a diverse, inclusive, and nurturing community where learning is infused with meaning, purpose, and joy. We offer a rigorous, multi-dimensional curriculum that develops the whole child and provides a range of opportunities for students to engage in active learning. We believe students do their best both when they feel a sense of belonging and when they develop close personal relationships with adults and peers. We recognize the importance of  family involvement in a child’s education and value a cooperative home/school partnership. In pursuing academic excellence, we support the growth of competent, caring, well-rounded students who:

• Think critically, creatively, and conceptually • Assume responsibility for their own learning and behavior
• Exhibit curiosity, show initiative, and embrace challenge • Demonstrate self-awareness, self-confidence, and resilience
• Master skills and apply them in context • Seek, appreciate, and integrate multiple perspectives
• Take risks and have the courage to make mistakes • Express kindness and empathy toward others
• Show flexibility and perseverance in problem-solving • Display leadership qualities and act as respectful citizens
• Communicate clearly and effectively in a variety of ways • Advocate for equity and serve as culturally-competent allies
• Cooperate and collaborate within and beyond the classroom