As a member of the Chilmark School community you are partners with us, the staff, in the exciting task of helping your child prepare for the future.

We believe in an ongoing, positive, working relationship between home and school and the greater Island community. We believe a sincere coordination of our efforts will help bring success to each and every child.

Our entire school program is carefully organized into K/1, 2/3 and 4/5 classrooms. The multi-age program we have created recognizes and plans for a wide range of student abilities. It provides for differential rates of progress and adjusts to the individual’s emotional, cognitive and social needs. We continue to stress the basic skills and support students to achieve their maximum each day while fostering a healthy respect for learning.

The Responsive Classroom is the social curriculum of choice at the Chilmark School. This approach to building a learning community is built around six central components that integrate teaching, learning and caring in the daily program. These components are set in the context of commonly shared values such as honesty, fairness and respect. They are implemented through the development and strengthening of social skills such as cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self-control.

Our primary goal is to ensure children will love to learn and in the process, gain the kind of self-esteem that will enable each child to act throughout their lives as responsible, concerned, and caring human beings.

Susan Stevens,  Principal

The Chilmark School


8 State Road

PO Box 60

Chilmark MA 02535

School Phone:

508 645-2562

School Fax:

508 645-2460