The Latest EMS News · 14 February 2023

Chilton House 2022–2023

Chilton House students working on an art project

Enhancements and upgrades in Chilton House for the 2022–2023 academic year include a realignment of learning targets, setting the stage for success as children’s learning progresses; a new 2s program classroom, innovative programming, cross-grade and cross-program opportunities for leadership and mentoring; additional faculty, and new programming to support families and caregivers of young children.

Learning Targets

The science of teaching in the early years requires an astute understanding of a child’s knowledge and skills in a moment in time, the ability to collect developmental data, as well as the ability to measure and assess that data using a framework of learning targets. This year, Chilton House has implemented research-based, developmentally-appropriate learning goals that instructionally align the early learning grade levels and ensure that students are prepared for success in Little School, the lower school.

The digital portfolios launched this year for students in Chilton House focus on their growth and development in school and their progress toward these new learning targets. The portfolios allow our faculty members to gather thorough ongoing and meaningful evidence of each student’s development and anticipated trajectory of growth. This, in turn, informs instruction and yields the most powerful learning experiences.

Programmatic Enhancements for Students

A Second 2s Class

A new classroom illuminates an expanding community investment in impactful early childhood education when minds are the most formative and children are the most curious.

Kindergarteners in computer science class.

Computer science for Kindergarten

Learning in the Little School Computer Science Lab creates a bridge to the next division for our future first graders.

Chilton House students participating in el estudio.

Introducing El Estudio

This new, innovative foreign language and visual arts class fuses conversational Spanish with hands-on, open-ended arts experiences.

A 2s student drives a car down a drawn network 
of roads and towns designed by our Kindergarten students.

Developing Leaders

More cross-grade opportunities for Kindergarten students help them develop leadership skills by supporting younger students.

Programmatic Enhancements for Families

Parents doing a craft at Back-to-School Night.

Return of In-Person Events

From Back-to-School Night to Family Sing-Alongs to welcoming family readers to the classrooms — having our families back in Chilton House has been a gift to the entire early learning community.

The Partnership Series

To strengthen the school-family partnership, Chilton House launched “The Partnership Series,” a monthly in-person opportunity for families to learn from one another about topics that they face as caregivers of young children.

Cross-divisional learning

Our Fabulous Faculty

7 Additional Faculty Members

allow for more individualized teaching and smaller teacher-to-child ratios

New Instructional Coach

helps align practices and enhance learning and documentation

New Counselor

helps promote wellness and social-emotional learning

2 New Master’s Degrees

earned among all Chilton House teachers during the past year

Faculty Exchange Program

One of our Chilton House teachers will participate in a Korean exchange program this summer


2022–2023 State of the School: Updates from Chilton House, Little School, and Morrow House, as well as Enrollment, Advancement, Auxiliary Programs, Communications & Marketing, Facilities & Operations, Finances, and Community Highlights

EMS prepares students for an impressive range of top-tier secondary schools.

Our students cultivate the ability to learn, think, explore, empathize, and lead. They graduate with the ability, mindset, and competencies to navigate a global world and are well-prepared to face an unknowable future.

Accustomed to a challenging academic environment, EMS students welcome the demands of competitive secondary schools and are often placed in advanced sections where they perform very well.


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