Atkins, Executive Director
"Chartwell School been a TPO member for over 10 years. How
do you feel TPO contributes to Chartwell's success?"
Teresa Brown, Business Manager:
"Chartwell School is a
non-profit that has experienced steady growth and
development over the span of 25 years. Navigating through
the often-tumultuous waters of human resources for the past
ten years is something that TPO has done with excellence and
precision. Knowing that answers, advice and support are only
a phone call or e-mail away has truly made me feel as if our
HR department is just down the hall. The staff is always
professional, knowledgeable, accessible as well as
We have engaged TPO on
multiple projects. Whether guiding us through complex
employee situations, providing training, updating policies,
pay scales or assisting in the hiring process, the TPO
professionals have never given us cause for disappointment.
I always come away with the satisfaction that we have
received the very best they can provide.
We have come to think of
Jill, Robert, Melissa and the entire TPO staff as an
extension of our team. They have taken time to get to know
our organization and the population we serve. This
understanding has helped TPO more effectively serve
Chartwell and meet our needs. We value the many years of
dedicated service TPO has provided with appreciation."
Unlike the acquisition of
language, the ability to read is not innate. It must be
learned. For at least one in every seven people, reading is
made especially challenging by the fact that their brain
processes visual and auditory information in a different way
than their peers. Learning differences, including dyslexia,
are unrelated to intelligence or gender. They appear to have
a genetic component, and they do not disappear over time.
With proper understanding and specialized education,
learning differences do not limit potential or success -
Winston Churchill is just one of a thousand examples of
accomplished people with learning challenges.
The mission of Chartwell
School, therefore, is to educate children with a wide range
of language-related visual and auditory learning challenges
in a way that provides them with the learning skills and
self-esteem necessary to return successfully to mainstream
education. Chartwell also helps individuals with specific
learning challenges access their full potential by providing
leading-edge education, research and community outreach.
Our philosophy is to educate
each child as a unique and valuable individual. Our
educational evaluations focus on finding effective, tailored
learning avenues. We identify and develop areas of aptitude
and strength as we address learning challenges, with the
emphasis on each student rediscovering a sense of
self-worth. We present project-based content and learning
opportunities that are intellectually stimulating, while
giving equal attention to learning skills and character
development. We empower each student to effectively
recognize and compensate for his or her specific learning
challenge. Our faculty helps students use all their senses
and all their strengths in a well-structured learning
environment. Students are not simply encouraged but fully
expected to become active, responsible learners.
What We Do
Chartwell School provides a
full academic program in a highly structured learning
environment, utilizing multi-sensory teaching. This approach
is used consistently in all classes. The course of study
includes all areas of language instruction, mathematics,
social studies, physical education, and an array of
enrichment activities supervised by professional staff.
Students discover and nurture their talents in the Visual
Arts, Science Laboratory and Computer Lab. Supplemental
services are offered by a certified speech and language
therapist for those students requiring additional work in
receptive and expressive language development.
While helping the student
overcome academic difficulties, programs at Chartwell
actively teach self-reliance and respect for others.
Students preparing to return to the mainstream education
participate in a formal transitioning program in their last
semester, which includes skills for effective self-advocacy.
Chartwell is the only school
in our entire Central Coast region that provides this type
of specialized education. Chartwell Outreach shares best
practices in education with other schools and youth
organizations, so that they can work more effectively with
students who experience milder forms of dyslexia and related
learning difficulties. The goal of Chartwell Outreach is to
bring research-based instructional methods to bear upon the
community at large and to address the problem of literacy in
its largest context. Collaborative partners have included
the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County, the Salvation
Army, Salinas Union High School District, the Salinas YES
program, future teachers at California State University
Monterey Bay, Monterey Peninsula College, foster care
programs, and many others. In addition to providing direct
services to students, Chartwell Outreach works with
organizations to help their staff provide effective literacy
The Chartwell faculty
specializes in language development and linguistic
structures related to reading, writing, mathematics and all
other disciplines. Each Chartwell teacher receives
additional language training in a structured
Most hold advanced degrees.
Faculty also includes a physical education instructor, two
speech and language therapists and an occupational
therapist. The faculty values problem-solving, diagnostic
instruction, character development and home communication as
essential elements for student success.
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