Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017

Chartwell School


Chartwell School empowers bright students with language-based learning differences, including dyslexia. We do this in grades K-12 by offering them the knowledge, creativity, and skills in self-advocacy and perseverance needed to thrive in college and beyond.

The Big Idea

Educators receive training necessary to be able to provide solutions while students with language-based learning differences receive individualized education empowering them to succeed in life.

Our Big Idea: Even though Chartwell School is widely respected, no one ever plans to send their child here. Yet when a child has a learning variation it can be nearly impossible to process information quickly and accurately enough to succeed in a regular classroom. Reading is a code and the ability to read is neither natural nor instinctive but must be taught. For the majority of children, learning to break this code happens after a year of instruction—but for 20 to 30 percent of children, reading remains a mystery even after years of instruction. Chartwell works with children to tame the “beast” of dyslexia that has been disrupting their lives. And, increasingly, Chartwell works to provide tools and resources to teachers from the greater community. We do this through a variety of teacher training classes and seminars so that, together, we are able to reach the greatest number of children.

I am a Chartwell graduate and recently graduated from a nursing program with a Bachelor’s of Science. Now that I am out of school, I have had the chance to reflect on what Chartwell gave me and how thankful I am. I gained the confidence to push myself to achieve whatever I wanted. All the support and guidance from the teachers at Chartwell carried me through college. I did hit some roadblocks. I chose a major that would challenge me every step of the way. My first semester I failed the exam. This was a hard blow, but I picked myself up and worked extremely hard and aced the second one. One battle that I had not expected was that I would have professors say that they did not think that I would be able to make it. When I heard that, I chose to work even harder and prove them wrong. I want to express how thankful I am that there is a place for students like me to succeed.

— Amy Lee, Monterey