Chatham Hall

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
800 Chatham Hall Circle
Chatham, VA 24531
Chatham Hall Photo #1 - Whether you ve been riding your whole life or have always wanted to you can find a place in our program. The Chatham Hall campus is home to more than 30 horses, three teaching arenas, a permanent Hunter Trials course, and plenty of trails. We teach hunt seat the Modern Forward Riding System with an emphasis on horse and rider
Chatham Hall Photo #2 - Pruden Hall is at the center of Chatham Hall's 362-acre campus. Here, you'll find the Well, where students and faculty gather for assemblies and unique performances, as well as Admission and Academic offices, dorm rooms upstairs, and easy access to the dining hall, classrooms, and science and language buildings.
Chatham Hall Photo #3 - Chatham Hall has transformed the 12,256-square-foot Edmund J. and Lucy Lee Library into a dynamic learning commons. It serves as an academic and technological hub for collaborative learning, research, study, and teaching on campus. Versatile meeting and study spaces promote an engaging atmosphere for learning, and integration of more advanced technology opens doors for creative new teaching methods. The library
Chatham Hall Photo #4 - In small classrooms (averaging 8 students), Chatham Hall teachers challenge girls to excel academically. The majority of our faculty and administration live on campus, and more than 70% of our teachers have advanced degrees. Chatham Hall is also an iPad school, utilizing the latest technology to improve the educational experience and provide our students
Chatham Hall Photo #5 - Chatham Hall is known for our STEAM offerings-including the award winning FTC Robotics team- The Tutu Turtles!
Chatham Hall Photo #6 - Chatham Hall's variety of dynamic and unique programming includes the prestigious Leader in Residence Program which brings world leaders and global thinkers to campus to meet with students. Past guests include BBC Anchor Katty Kay Nobel Prize winner Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Jane Goodall, Alvin Ailey Artistic Director Judith Jameson, the late Benazir Bhutto, Gloria Steinem, and Venus Williams.
Chatham Hall Photo #7 - "The Well" in our main building is a hub of school life!
Chatham Hall Photo #8 - Our signature travel program take our girls all over the world!
Chatham Hall Photo #9 - Chatham Hall offers a competitive athletic program, with nine varsity sports. We've won numerous conference championships, most recently in swimming (four years in a row!), tennis, and field hockey.
Chatham Hall Photo #10 - Our traditions are a vital force: They bridge the generations, bond new students with old, 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).
  • "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 Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, William & Mary, U.Va., Stanford, Vanderbilt and Vassar.
  • At 89%, Chatham Hall has the highest percentage of boarding students among peer girls schools.

Alumni Reviews
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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
 | 2019 School Data
Chatham HallBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeAll-girlsCo-ed
Religious AffiliationEpiscopalNon-denominational
Year Founded18941907
Campus Size362 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment160 students320 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1290* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score27*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$60 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
( )
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


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

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1116
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations2424
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Art Club, Astronomy Club, Bit N Spur Riding Club, Chess Club, Cooking Club, Dance Club, Folk group, Form Advisors, Green Island Club, Hallmarks, Halloween Parade, Honor Council, House (Dorm) Prefects, Improv Drama Club, Linden Hall Choir, Student Senate, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber, Drama Club, H Club, House Council, Kick Boxing, Ledger, School Newspaper

College Matriculation

Year: 201210 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Colgate University2
Duke University2
Yale University2
College of William & Mary1
Cornell University1
Georgetown University1
Savannah College of Art & Design1
University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill1
University of Virginia1
Virginia Tech1

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. Recent graduates have attended Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, Georgetown, William & Mary, U.Va., Stanford, and Vanderbilt. Chatham Hall has the highest percentage of boarding students among peer girls schools. More than 70% of the faculty live on campus. 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, art, riding, 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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