The Chandler School (K5-8th grade) admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accordingly or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit
The C. Granville Wyche House, built in 1931, is an excellent example of 1920’s Italian Renaissance architecture. Designed by Atlanta architect Silas D. Trowbridge, the ornate façade is Italian Renaissance with some Beaux Arts influences. The home was a “country estate” for successful attorney, C. Granville Wyche, who lived in the house from 1931 to 1988. The symmetrical form, low-pitched tile roof, wide eaves with brackets, full-length, first floor windows and recessed door are all typical of the primary Italian Renaissance style. Beaux Arts influences may be seen in the massive portico, balustrades, grouped classical columns and pilasters, window crowns, and keystones. Plans for an elaborate formal garden, leading from the left wing, were originally drawn by the architect but were never carried out by the Wyches. A small grotto, original to the landscape design, with deep pool and edged by large boulders and cement mortar inscribed with the names of the Wyche children, is placed at the rear of the formal garden space. The house was listed in the National Register September 2, 1993.
The Chandler School was named for Katherine Chandler, Erskine College Education professor.
Without the ability to read or write, Dana Blackhurst earned his college degree the hard way. The climb from academic wilderness began when Colin Lister, a youth hockey coach in Fort Wayne, Ind., saw potential in Dana as a person and athlete. As a result, despite poor grades and no diploma, Dana was awarded a hockey scholarship to the University of Denver. It was there he was diagnosed with dyslexia, a cognitive issue that impairs the ability to read. In the same year, Erskine College was on the cutting edge of a program designed to help the learning-disabled. The instructors in Denver who diagnosed Dana put him in contact with Erskine’s Katherine Chandler. She allowed him to enroll, even though his transcripts didn’t warrant it. By listening to books on tape and recording lectures, Dana earned a degree. It took seven years, but that seems to have made him all the more appreciative. “My life changed when they took me at Erskine. Mrs. Chandler took a chance on me. I was worried – when you have no confidence in yourself, everything is a scary endeavor.”
Because of this experience, Dana Blackhurst has a unique approach to admissions, and education. “When kids are in trouble, there is a golden opportunity.” He knows because he once was a kid in trouble. Katherine Chandler saw something more and started his journey into education and passing that trust forward.
During his years as a student at Erskine, Blackhurst often told Mrs. Chandler, “One day I’ll have my own school.” That day arrived and he named his school for a lady who, to him, epitomized a southern lady.
The Chandler School aims to make each student a confident, self-directed, and lifelong learner. With our low faculty-student ratio, we are able to execute an individually tailored curriculum focused on a multisensory (hands on) approach: see it, make it, do it.
We strive to build an environment where students feel safe to fail. “Failure” is not a negative. Failure in a safe environment promotes learning and growth. Education is a process. We want our students to enjoy the learning process, celebrating both failures and successes.
We stress internal and external organization (executive function skills); utilizing organizational tools such as notebook systems and homeroom classes to assist in student learning. At the Chandler School, organization is the key to student success.