Established in 1894, Chatham Hall is an independent, college preparatory boarding school for girls in grades 9–12. Founded as the first girls’ Episcopal school in southern Virginia, we are a community grounded in the values of the Episcopal tradition. Chatham Hall prepares girls for college and for productive lives. Our educational program encourages intellectual growth, creativity, and personal responsibility. We foster the intellect and character of each student and, through our Honor Code, live in a community of trust.
Grounded in its Episcopal heritage, the school welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds. With 155 students includes girls from 24 states and 11 countries. With 93% of our students residing on campus, Chatham Hall's boarding population is among the highest percentages of boarding schools in the United States. 85% of our faculty, staff, and administration reside on campus. Chatham Hall has 11 varsity sports, and a nationally ranked riding program. Chatham Hall competes annually in the statewide Test of Engineering Aptitude,
Mathematics and Science, regularly ranking in the top 1 or 2 in areas such as design, essay, and multiple choice. Chatham Hall’s service learning opportunities include spring break trips to India and South Africa in alternate years. In 2021, a trip to Finland and Estonia will be added, with a focus on coding, gaming, and robotics. Through our Discovery Challenge, iQuest, and Hallam Hurt Travel Award programs, as well as our Global Scholars Program, Chatham Hall girls may complement our curriculum with an in-depth, independent study with a faculty mentor that requires them to explore a question of intellectual and abiding personal importance through experiential learning.
Students apply for funding to conduct a portion of their research away from campus; students have traveled to Hawaii, Israel, Norway, Sweden, France, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Italy, Poland, and China. Study Abroad experiences are encouraged through the Student Diplomacy Corps and faculty-led travel projects. Destinations have included France, Mexico, Spain, Japan, Italy, China, Cambodia and Nepal. Students may also participate in intensive, 3-week language programs to Spain and France in the summer.
Our Leader-in-Residence program brings a variety of accomplished women to campus each year to participate in student-led programming. Presenters have included the first president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Sirin Ebadi, former Prime Minister of Pakistan the late Benazir Bhutto, the President of Liberia Ellen John-Sirleaf, choreographer and Director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company Judith Jamison, international tennis star Venus Williams, movie executive Sherry Lansing, journalist, and author Katty Kay, actor and humanitarian Ashley Judd, Rehsma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, and Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and founder of Ellevest, a digital financial advisor for women.