Chadwick School

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 an 8:1 student-teacher ratio, 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. Our Core Competencies of critical and creative thinking, character, courage, communication, collaboration and cultural competence prepare our students to excel academically, and paired with our Core Values, they prepare students for a lifetime of success and fulfillment.

Is Chadwick embracing technology and digital learning?

In 2020, we opened Chadwick’s Center for Innovation and Research (CIR), which takes our ‘learning-by-doing’ approach to a whole new level. The CIR’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 CIR features state-of-the-art spaces for engineering, robotics, computer science and curriculum development, and equips students for future careers that don’t even exist yet!

What makes your school a great place to work?

Our faculty and staff consistently 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 our students. Small class sizes mean students and teachers form tight bonds. Faculty members are highly encouraged to sharpen their skills and pursue new ones through professional development opportunities.

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.