Springside School

500 West Willow Grove Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118-0191
     Tel: (215)247-7200
        
   
Grades: PK - 12 | 1129 students
In all three divisions and all subject areas, teachers seek to engage students in an active program with a rigorous academic curriculum. Beginning in Lower School, students experience an integrated and interdisciplinary program designed to teach skills and concepts common among all the disciplines. As early as Pre-K, students are engaged in the process of learning through trial and error. Learning in and outside of the classroom in both structured and unstructured time, students develop independence, initiative, a sense of responsibility, and self-confidence. On the playing field, on stage, or in history class, girls are expected to bring their curiosity, integrity, and pursuit of excellence to the enterprise. In this way, they develop the confidence to act and are empowered to use their talents as artists, athletes, authors, musicians, scholars, scientists, and community activists in leadership roles within and beyond the community of Springside School.
Incubators of innovation, Springside teachers embrace best practices for the teaching of girls based on the latest research, decades of tradition, and the deepest understanding of how girls learn and succeed. Valuing the process of learning as well as the product, teachers take pride in knowing each student’s individual strengths and abilities. Springside is committed to supporting each girl’s interests and needs through individual attention as well as the spirit of cooperation and collaboration. Teaching techniques such as the open-ended question, brainstorming, and learning in groups enable students to recognize and acknowledge their own intellectual and personal strengths and also those within the group. Teachers support and challenge students to go beyond their inherent capabilities, to learn perseverance, and to develop respect for the individual strengths of their classmates.
In all three divisions and all subject areas, teachers
seek to engage students in an active program with a
rigorous academic curriculum. Beginning in Lower
School, students experience an integrated and interdisciplinary
program designed to teach skills and
concepts common among all the disciplines. As early
as Pre-K, students are engaged in the process of
learning through trial and error. Learning in and
outside of the classroom in both structured and
unstructured time, students develop independence,
initiative, a sense of responsibility, and self-confidence.

On the playing field, on stage, or in history class, girls
are expected to bring their curiosity, integrity, and
pursuit of excellence to the enterprise. In this way,
they develop the confidence to act and are empowered
to use their talents as artists, athletes, authors,
musicians, scholars, scientists, and community
activists in leadership roles within and beyond the
community of Springside School.
Incubators of innovation,
Springside teachers embrace best practices for
the teaching of girls based on the latest research,
decades of tradition, and the deepest understanding
of how girls learn and succeed.  Valuing the process of learning as well as the product,
teachers take pride in knowing each student’s individual
strengths and abilities. Springside is committed
to supporting each girl’s interests and needs through
individual attention as well as the spirit of cooperation
and collaboration. Teaching techniques such as
the open-ended question, brainstorming, and learning
in groups enable students to recognize and acknowledge
their own intellectual and personal strengths
and also those within the group. Teachers support
and challenge students to go beyond their inherent
capabilities, to learn perseverance, and to develop
respect for the individual strengths of their classmates.
Springside stands by its commitment to visual and performing arts that
allow space and time for girls to experience the full
range of the arts as joyful and serious academic
disciplines.
Artwork by students reveals their uniqueness as they engage in the creative process, directly experiencing the joys, frustrations, and risks inherent in authentic work.
Springside stands by its commitment to athletics that promote courage,
discipline, health and fitness, sportsmanship, leadership,
and teamwork in preparation for eleven interscholastic
team sports: soccer, field hockey, tennis, basketball, squash, volleyball, lacrosse, track, crew, golf, and softball.
Springside provides a fully integrated environmental education program
that uses the backyard Wissahickon watershed as
an outdoor classroom to combine science, technology,
and environmental stewardship for this urban forest.
Springside stands by its commitment to technological fluency for girls that
is interdisciplinary and backed by both professional
training for faculty and a mission-driven technology plan.Today, Springside is the only Pre-K--12 school with SMART Board interactive whiteboards in every classroom.
Diversity Mission Statement:
It is Springside’s conviction that excellence in
education thrives within a diverse and open community.
We believe that acknowledging the variety of
cultural experiences among students, faculty, staff,
and parents fosters understanding and develops
sensitivity to the world around us. Each girl must
feel free to show clearly who and what she is; she
must understand that variations of color, religion,
ethnic background, class, and sexual orientation
are a source from which she and the entire community
may draw strength, wisdom, and a greater humanity.
When all is said and done, there is no more emotional and thrilling moment than when a girl graduates from Springside, armed with all the tools, self-confidence and a moral compass to make a difference in the world.
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At Springside Chestnut Hill Academy we educate students to be innovative leaders, breakthrough thinkers, and imaginative problem solvers.
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We challenge students to learn in powerful new ways, engage in active inquiry, hone skills of creative and analytic thinking, and celebrate the joy of discovery.
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Through a rigorous college-preparatory program grounded in project- and passion- based learning, we prepare our students for their future as active learners and responsible global citizens.
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Blending the best of single-sex education and co-education, we empower and prepare our young men and women to meet challenges with courage, integrity, and respect.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Coalition of Girls
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
National Coalition of Boys' Schools
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12

Student Body

Total Students 1129 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 27%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Springside School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 170 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 76%
Average Class Size 14 students
Number of AP Courses 13 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average ACT score 25
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(uniform in grade 5 - 11 for girls; boys coat and tie)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Dec. 10 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $29,000
Tuition Notes Tuition is inclusive of all extra costs including technology fees, books, supplies, testing fees, athletic uniforms and yearbook. Tuition ranges from 19000 in Pre-K to 29000 in Upper School for 2012-2013.
% on Financial Aid 32%
Average Financial Aid Grant $14,000
Acceptance Rate 53%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Michael Reardon
Admissions Associate Charla Okewole

Sports

Total Sports Offered 21 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CrewCross Country,
DanceField Hockey,
FootballGolf,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
Rock ClimbingSoccer,
SoftballSquash,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
WeightliftingWinter Track,
Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 39 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Animal Rights Club, Arts Board, Assembly Board, Athletic Association, Chinese Club, Community Service Board, Cultural Awareness for Everyone, Debate Club, Eco Club, Fashion Club, Film Club, French Club, Garden Club, GayStraight Alliance, Girls for Change, Hip Hop, Investment Club, Japanese Club, Latin Club, Literary Magazine, Math Club, Mock Trial, Model U.N., Music Club, Newspaper, Performing Arts Board, Prom Committee, Robotics, Science Outreach, Spanish Club, Student Activities, Student Government, Student Guides, Student Tech Leaders, Students Against Destructive Decisions SADD, Team Senegal, Website Managers for Athletics, Yearbook, Yoga Club Arts Board, Assembly Board, Chinese Club, Debate Club, Eco Club, Fashion Club, Film Club, French Club, Garden Club, Hip Hop, Japanese Club, Latin Club, Math Club, Mock Trial, Model U.N., Music Club, Newspaper, Prom Committee, Robotics, Spanish Club, Student Guides, Team Senegal, Yearbook, Yoga Club, Animal Rights Club,
Athletic Association,
Community Service Board,
Cultural Awareness for Everyone,
GayStraight Alliance,
Girls for Change,
Investment Club,
Literary Magazine,
Performing Arts Board,
Science Outreach,
Student Activities,
Student Government,
Student Tech Leaders,
Students Against Destructive Decisions SADD,
Website Managers for Athletics,

School Notes:

  • ONE SCHOOL WITH FIVE DIVISIONS: 2 single-sex Lower Schools; 2 single-sex Middle Schools; 1 co-ed Upper School
  • MERGED ON JULY 1, 2011: Springside School, founded in 1879, the oldest school for girls in Philadelphia, merged with all-boys Chestnut Hill Academy, founded in 1861, to form SCH Academy. The new SCH Academy serves 1100 girls and boys  in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. The school's combined campus includes 62 acres of fields and woods adjacent to the Wissahickon watershed and Fairmount Park in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia.  
  • STATE-OF-THE-ART-FACILITIES include Gold LEED certified Center for Science and Technology housing customized, 1,600-square-foot, state-of the art Engineering and Robotics Lab; first Lower School with dedicated Physics and Engineering Lab; largest school solar array in City of Philadelphia with 440 solar panels atop 52,000-square-foot-athetic field house; new stadium turf fields for footbal, field hockey, and lacrosse; outdor ropes course and rock wall.
  • CUTTING EDGE PROGRAMS include Mandarin Chinese beginning in Pre-K; innovative Pre-K - 12 academic departments in New Media and Engineering and Robotics; Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership; Outdoor Education and Environmental Science.
  • OUTSTANDING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS include National Merit Scholars (15 Recognized and 4 Winners in 2011); All-American Athletes (12 n past 4 years); internationally recognized Robotics Team and winner in FIRST LEGO League robotics competition; first student-produced outdoor 40 x 100-foot digital animation projected onto the wall of a Center City high-rise; "Best of Philly" acclaimed student technology leaders; 100% of graduates attend 4-year accredited colleges and universities.

Profile last updated: 02/04/2015

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