Chatham Hall

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
800 Chatham Hall Circle
Chatham, VA 24531
Chatham Hall Photo #1 - Our traditions are a vital force: They bridge the generations, bond students, and help us continually build our community. Best of all, they're a lot of fun (and they help make Chatham Hall the unique place it is).
Chatham Hall Photo #2 - Small class sizes help Chatham Hall teachers challenge girls to excel academically. The majority of our faculty and administration live on campus, and 65% of our teachers have advanced degrees.
Chatham Hall Photo #3 - Chatham Hall offers a competitive athletic program, with nine varsity sports. We've won numerous conference championships.
Chatham Hall Photo #4 - Arts thrive at Chatham Hall with options for every student of all interests, from theatre and musicals to visual arts and dance.
Chatham Hall Photo #5 - Our award-winning FTC robotics team, the TuTu Turtles, is a just one avenue STEAM is celebrated and empowered at Chatham Hall.
Chatham Hall Photo #6 - Close to several major metropolitan areas, Chatham Hall boasts its remote location and secluded 362-acre campus in southern Virginia.
Chatham Hall Photo #7 - Chatham Hall attracts students from all over the world, including nine different countries.
Chatham Hall Photo #8 - From competitive IEA participation to teaching beginners the basics, there`s room for riders of every level in our program. Our facilities include stables for 34 school horses, three teaching arenas, a permanent Hunter Trials course, and plenty of trails.
Chatham Hall Photo #9 - From Independent study around the country and the world, to group service and cultural immersion abroad, our commitment to cultivating global citizens is at the heart of the Chatham Hall experience.
Chatham Hall Photo #10 - Chatham Hall's variety of dynamic and unique programming includes the prestigious Leader and Writer in Residence programs, which bring world leaders to campus to meet with students. Past guests include Venus Williams, Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem, and Elizabeth Acevedo.
  • An all-girls college-preparatory boarding school, Chatham Hall offers students a challenging academic environment, a rich extracurricular program, and a beautiful 362-acre campus.
  • In our small classes, teachers challenge and encourage students to excel academically.
  • Recent graduates have attended higher education institutions including the University of Virginia, Cornell University, Rhode Island School of Design, Vanderbilt University, and many more.
  • At 93%, Chatham Hall has the highest percentage of boarding students among peer girls schools.

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  • Class of 2014
    5 Stars  
    Yale University
    The most important facet of life at Chatham Hall is the strong sense of community. At atmosphere of care, trust, and kindness is the foundation upon which our school is built. This makes. . .

  • Class of 2009
    5 Stars  
    Texas Christian University
    Chatham Hall's advisor program is something really unique that has been so helpful to me - one of the best parts about my experience here actually. Students select an advisor and the groups meet twice. . .

  • Class of 2009
    5 Stars  
    University of Richmond
    I feel like our school's Honor Code is stronger than any other school I came across when I was researching schools to possibly attend. It makes for a more trusting and tight knit community. I was. . .

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Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
Chatham HallBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeAll-girlsCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Religious AffiliationEpiscopalNon-denominational
Year Founded18941907
Campus Size362 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment150 students310 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1271* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1210 - 1340-
Average ACT score26*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size8 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:51:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2118
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details


Endowment Size$56.7 million$23 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
( )
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$38,108$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineJan. 25 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsSchaeffer Goss Barnhardt
Associate Director of AdmissionsWynne Overton

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2118
CoursesAP Art - 2-D, AP Art - 3-D, AP Art - Drawing, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP French, AP Latin, AP Modern European, AP Music Theory, AP Physics 1, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP US History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1115
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Riding, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations4224
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Activists' Club, Animation Creation, Architecture Committee of Turtles, Astrology Club, Badminton Club, Bake Sale Club, Bit n' Spur Riding Club, Bollywood Club, Chatham Athletic Council, Cultural Perspectives, Dermatology Club, French Club, Gaming Club, Girl Up, GurlsTalk, International Student Association, Iris Fund, Latinos Unidos, Library Club, Literature Club, Model United Nations, National Water Dance, NOIR, Outdoors Club, Panache (Dance), Period, Political Awareness Club, PositiviTEA, Quintet, Right to Life, Russian Club, Sherwood (Drama), Spanish Club, Spectrum, Stiche in the Niche, Sustainability Club, The Iris Literary Magazine, TuTu Turtles Robotics Team, Voices for the Voiceless, Women's Health Club, Yearbook, Zumba Club

College Matriculation

Year: 2017 - 202010 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Virginia5
Sewanee - The University of the South4
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill4
North Carolina State University3
Virginia Tech3
Brandeis University2
New York University2
Cornell University1
Harvard College1
Vanderbilt University1
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • An all-girls college-preparatory boarding school, Chatham Hall offers students a rigorous academic environment, a rich extracurricular program, and a beautiful 362-acre campus. In our small classes, teachers challenge and encourage students to excel academically. Chatham Hall has the highest percentage of boarding students among peer girls schools at 93%, with a large majoroty of faculty also residing in campus housing. The Honor Code is a pivotal part of the school community, and faculty members serve as teachers and mentors. Students expand their talents and strengthen their self-confidence through sports, riding, visual arts, drama, music, and dance.
  • Chatham Hall accreditations: TABS, NAIS, NCGS, VAIS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Georgia O'Keefe - Artist
    • Claudia Emerson - Poet

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