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Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Photo #1 - Our Lower School students run into our beautiful McCausland building each morning excited to see their teachers and classmates. Our students feel at home here, and they learn how to take risks in our nurturing setting where making mistakes is embraced as part of the learning journey. Lower School students have tremendous resources available to them throughout our campus and in the neighboring Wissahickon woods, providing a variety of activities to hone their developing skills. Our single-sex environments allow children to learn who they are without the pressures of gender stereotypes and foster relationships that last a lifetime. Our faculty understand the enormous potential of these moments and are always on the lookout for ways to build on a student's curiosity and help their passions come alive.
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Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Photo #1 - Our Lower School students run into our beautiful McCausland building each morning excited to see their teachers and classmates. Our students feel at home here, and they learn how to take risks in our nurturing setting where making mistakes is embraced as part of the learning journey. Lower School students have tremendous resources available to them throughout our campus and in the neighboring Wissahickon woods, providing a variety of activities to hone their developing skills. Our single-sex environments allow children to learn who they are without the pressures of gender stereotypes and foster relationships that last a lifetime. Our faculty understand the enormous potential of these moments and are always on the lookout for ways to build on a student's curiosity and help their passions come alive.
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Photo #2 - Situated on a 62-acre campus in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, the school prides itself on preparing students to lead lives characterized by thoughtfulness, integrity, and a passion to effect positive change. SCH Academy is the product of a 2011 merger between Springside School and Chestnut Hill Academy and combines nearly 300 years of academic excellence. Learn more at www.sch.org.
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Photo #3 - The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) is committed to developing an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset in every student at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. The CEL program enhances Pre-K through Grade 12 education with learning opportunities and classes that empower students to shape their futures and the world. Learn more at www.sch.org/cel.
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Photo #4 - The SCH Athletic Department seeks to provide each student with a sense of affiliation, motivation, and accomplishment by balancing challenge and demand with support and encouragement. Above all, we ask our athletes to win and lose with class and dignity and hold them to the highest standards of sportsmanship.Our coaching staff is committed to fostering confidence, decision-making skills, a sense of responsibility, and leadership-qualities that will serve our student-athletes well throughout life. Learn more at www.sch.org/school/athletics.
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Photo #5 - ECC offers a warm and stimulating preschool environment for children 18 months to 4 years old. Aligning with SCH's mission to inspire unbounded curiosity and independent thought, the center follows the Reggio Emilia approach-an internationally recognized and respected method of teaching.The Reggio Emilia philosophy (used in 34 countries around the world), emphasizes child-centered, teacher-guided exploration in a relationship-driven environment, with a focus on nature and community as sources of learning.
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH) is an independent school that offers a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum to over 1,100 students from over 100 regional zip codes and international origins. SCH's unique educational model of single-sex programs in Pre-K through 8th grade, and a coed early childhood and high school experience empower its students to thrive independently and collectively. SCH is distinguished by signature programs in entrepreneurial leadership, robotics and engineering, arts & digital media, outdoor education, and diversity, equity & inclusion. SCH Academy is the product of a 2010 merger between Springside School and Chestnut Hill Academy and combines nearly 300 years of academic excellence.
SCH is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the Pennsylvania Association of Private Academic Schools.
SCH also holds membership in NAIS, NASSP, CEEB, NACAC, PACAC, and the Cum Laude Society.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 1,166 students
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
1,166 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
40%
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
137 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size
15 students
Number of AP Courses
13 courses
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
School uniform varies depending on grade level.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies depending on grade level. Read about our tuition: www.sch.org
% on Financial Aid
35%
Admissions Director
David Rauch, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management
Admissions Associate
Katy Friedland

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
16 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Black Student Union, Cappies, Community Council, Events Council, Fashion Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Honor Council, Math Peer Tutor, Mock Trial, Model UN, Pop-Up Poetry, Robotics, Service Council, World Language Council, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Players

School Notes

  • Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH) is a private preschool to high school education that offers a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum to 1,100 students from over 100 regional zip codes and several international origins. SCH offers a unique educational model of single-sex classrooms in pre-k through 8th grade that empowers its students to thrive independently and collectively. SCH is distinguished by unique academic offerings in entrepreneurial leadership, robotics & engineering, performing arts and digital media, outdoor education, and the principles of being sustainability-minded global citizens. SCH Academy is the product of a 2010 merger between Springside School and Chestnut Hill Academy and combines 300 years of academic excellence. 
  • Situated on a 62-acre campus in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, the school prides itself on preparing students to lead lives characterized by thoughtfulness, integrity, and a passion to effect positive change. Learn more at www.sch.org/learn.
Source: Verified school update

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  
This is a great school for your kids all the teachers are nice and the academics are superb.
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5  
The growth that SCH has experienced since the merger is incredible. The faculty and student body truly live the stated mission. Students are encouraged to pursue their passions; whether they include athletics or visual or performing arts. Faculty is dedicated and caring. Our son is thriving here, and we are so happy that we chose to be part of the SCH community!
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5  
SCH is a fantastic place for a student to learn, play, explore, grow, find friends, and gain mentorship. The school has a unique model of single sex education for boys and girls, pre-k through 8th grade, and coed education, 9th through 12th grade. With the rigorous college prep program, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership from 4th through 12th grades, outstanding robotics & engineering program, arts curriculum, and athletics - all on the edge of the Wissahickon woods - on a 62-acre campus, SCH offers a wonderful academic & extracurricular experience.
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 1,166 students
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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