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About Chadwick School

Chadwick School, founded in 1935 by visionary educator Margaret Lee Chadwick, sits atop a hill on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, CA. The only K-12 independent, college preparatory day school in the greater South Bay area, Chadwick currently enrolls approximately 830 students. Our 45-acre campus provides a beautiful and safe setting conducive to serious study, vigorous play and companionship among friends.

A mission-driven school, we are dedicated to academic excellence and to the development of self-confident individuals of exemplary character. Honesty, respect, responsibility, fairness, and compassion, Chadwick’s core values, are fostered and modeled in classrooms and co-curricular activities. Chadwick’s outstanding faculty is recruited from throughout the world and more than half of them have advanced degrees.

We are a close-knit community with the shared goal of challenging students in a wide range of areas while providing the guidance and support each student needs to succeed. Our Admission Office conducts extensive outreach to identify and admit "the best and the brightest" students. Our student body also reflects the school’s commitment to both socio-economic and cultural diversity. The school provides more than $3.2 million annually in student financial aid.

Chadwick is composed of three educational divisions: the Village School, kindergarten through Grade 6; the Middle School , Grades 7 and 8; and the Upper School, Grades 9 through 12. While each division has its own director and distinct area on the campus, the curriculum is coordinated for smooth transitions between the divisions. This creates a unique opportunity for students to enjoy an integrated K-12 educational experience.

Chadwick provides numerous programs through which students learn valuable life skills and character traits. For example, in athletics, the tennis player who calls a close, decisive shot in his or her opponent’s favor learns the meaning of personal integrity. A student on an outdoor education trip who overcomes fear, follows the instructor’s directions, and rappels down the face of a 60-foot cliff, develops trust and courage. Students in community service tutor disabled children or volunteer time in the community, which helps students develop compassion and gain new perspectives about other people and their special needs. Through visual and performing arts, students are encouraged to take risks and to test and stretch their creative abilities.

Are you interested in exploring admission to Chadwick? Otherwise, please browse through our Web site to gain a better sense of Chadwick’s unique programs and environment.

For general information about Chadwick School, call (310) 377-1543.





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With a sprawling 45-acre campus in Palos Verdes, some might say Chadwick School is off the beaten path ― at least when it comes to the average L.A. commute. Even so, we’re proud that more than 800 students from 30 SoCal communities, from Long Beach to El Segundo and beyond, have chosen to call Chadwick home. Click here to see a map of our bus stops.

Chadwick School / 26800 South Academy Drive, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA, 90274 / 310-377-1543
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