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Welcome from the Head of School



Welcome to The Chestnut Hill School. We hope our website will help answer a key question on the minds of many new families: What makes CHS distinctive?

Like many well-established independent schools, Chestnut Hill strives to provide a balance between academic rigor and extracurricular enrichment. With children enrolling at age 3 and remaining in our program for as many as nine years, we have the great luxury of following the growth of our students over the course of their entire childhood. Although many educational practices have changed since 1860 when CHS was founded, our fundamental practices and assumptions have not changed very much at all. We still offer a broadly comprehensive program, and we understand that a well-educated person needs to be both disciplined and self-directed.

CHS students can be characterized both by their diversity of background and by their highly developed depth of character. Our teachers insist on high standards in all aspects of the academic program and place strong emphasis on personal growth, intrapersonal awareness, and empathy. As a result of a carefully coordinated program, every day is an opportunity for all community members to be their best possible selves: students, staff, teachers, and families. Situated in one of the area’s most desirable neighborhoods and blessed by the beauty of our physical surroundings, the Chestnut Hill School provides a rare blend of academic and community excellence.

Steven Tobolsky, Ph.D.