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At a Glance 

Chadwick School is the only K-12 independent coeducational day school in the greater South Bay Area. Our 45-acre campus sits atop a hill on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula - a tranquil setting conducive to serious study, opportunities for self-discovery and companionship among friends. With a commitment to economic, social and ethnic diversity, Chadwick draws students from approximately 45 different zip codes. The school community remains true to founder Margaret Chadwick’s guiding principles, blending them with the innovations of the ensuing years. Chadwick School emphasizes academic excellence, personal growth opportunities, and development of character, as represented by our five core values: Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Fairness and Compassion.

General Information
  • Year Founded: 1935
  • Headmaster: John E. "Jack" Creeden, since 2016
  • Student Population: 830 students from approximately 45 communities
  • Village School (K-6): 310 students
  • Middle School (7-8): 160 students
  • Upper School (9-12): 360 students
  • Students of color: 41 percent
  • K-12 Faculty: 109
  • 80 percent with advanced degrees
  • Eight-to-one student-to-faculty ratio
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition for the 2017-18 School Year:
Grades K-6 $30,320
Grades 7-8 $33,970
Grades 9-12 $35,810

Financial Aid: Around $3.3 million in need-based aid (including the need/merit-based Malone Scholarship and MacFarlane Leadership Scholarship) was distributed for the school year 2015-2016 to 17 percent of the student body.

Annual Fund: 2015-2016 school year: $1.7 million


26800 S. Academy Drive
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
45 acres; 22 school buildings and 31 faculty residences

Academic Facilities:

  • Seeley Mudd Building (includes science classrooms, labs and preparation rooms, foreign language rooms, offices and the Roy Nutt Lecture Hall)
  • Roessler Hall, John Fiske Middle School Building, Gladys Quinlin Middle School Science Laboratory and Botanical Garden
  • Village School Complex including the Village Science Center, art rooms, music facilities, playgrounds and administrative offices

Margaret Chadwick Center for Experiential Programs (Outdoor Education, Global Programs and Community Service)

Arts Facilities:

  • The Geoffrey Alan Laverty Center for the Performing Arts, with indoor theaters, classroom space and studios, the Stephens Black Box Theater, an art gallery, a technical theater and the Rosenwald Amphitheater
  • Fine arts studios and photography studio with digital equipment

Leavenworth Library Learning Center:

  • 28,000 volumes, four classrooms, audio-visual room, reading and periodical lounges, three study rooms and lounge, technology area with desktop computers and wireless lab
  • Separate library for Grades K-6 including a research area and a story corner


  • Fully-equipped computer labs
  • Network and internet access in all classrooms and the library

Athletic Facilities:

  • Pascoe Pavilion Gymnasium, the Commander Chadwick Football/Athletic Field, swimming complex, baseball and softball fields

Student Services Facilities:

  • Administration Building, Brogan Hall, Christensen Dining Hall (serving lunch daily), Health Office (staffed by a registered nurse and a certified athletic trainer during school hours)
  • College Counseling Center
  • Guidance Counseling Center

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Chadwick International?
Chadwick also operates this PK-12 school in
Songdo, South Korea.
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Chadwick School is a private, K-12 co-educational school dedicated to developing global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge and the ability to lead. Located on a 45-acre hilltop on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula, we aim to bring out the best in our students through experiential learning, one-on-one mentoring, unparalleled global opportunities, an outstanding athletics program, highly accredited outdoor education experiences and an award-winning visual and performing arts program. We are pleased that more than 800 students from over 45 Southern California communities have chosen to call Chadwick "home."

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