Chadwick School

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    26800 South Academy Dr.,
    Palos Verdes Peninsula

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    All About Kids

Margaret Chadwick founded Chadwick School in San Pedro in 1935 with four students. She moved the school to its current 45-acre campus in Palos Verdes in 1937. Today, the school serves 865 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The Chadwick Mission is to develop global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge and the ability to lead.

Describe the learning environment at Chadwick School.

At Chadwick, students learn by doing, and their education unfolds both inside and outside the classroom. With a student-teacher ratio of 8:1, every student is seen, heard and mentored. Students are taught to think critically and creatively, and to become hands-on problem-solvers.

We go beyond academics by focusing on the whole student. From outdoor education and athletics to performing and visual arts, Chadwick’s Core Values of compassion, fairness, honesty, respect and responsibility are the foundation of every course. By practicing these values in all they do, Chadwick students build character that prepares them for a lifetime of success and fulfillment.

What makes your school a great place to work?

Our faculty and staff point to our community, campus and Core Values as top reasons they love working here. Teachers have the space to express new ideas and make powerful contributions to students. Small class sizes mean students and teachers form tight bonds. Faculty members are encouraged to sharpen their skills and pursue new ones through professional development opportunities. 

Is Chadwick embracing technology and digital learning?

With the opening of Chadwick’s Innovation and Design Building (IDB), three state-of-the-art buildings have taken our learning-by-doing approach to a whole new level. The IDB’s focus is on creating opportunities for interdisciplinary research, science, technology, engineering, math, creativity, collaboration, innovative thinking and entrepreneurship throughout the K-12 curriculum. The buildings feature spaces for a lab, engineering, robotics, computer science, seminars and curriculum development. We’re thrilled that the IDB helps students hone skills that equip them for future careers that don’t even exist yet!

What do you see kids doing to make this world a better place?

From their first days at Chadwick, students have an array of leadership and service opportunities. They learn that compassion and character are as vital to their future, and to the world, as academics. Our students engage in local, national and international volunteer projects, and most Chadwick Upper School students volunteer for off-campus community service at least once a week.