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Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Dr. Stephen L. Druggan, Head of School
Map500 W. Willow Grove Ave.
Phila., PA 19118
215-247-7200; 215-247-4700
  • Independent School


Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s Pre-K-12 program is informed by what today’s students need to thrive in college and beyond and is supported by more than 150 years of academic leadership in boys and girls education.

Through a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum grounded in project- and passion-based learning, SCH students build resilience and a sense of agency while gaining an unparalleled intellectual foundation for lifelong learning and growth.

Students who attend SCH experience a robust, state-of-the-art academic program intently focused on preparing them for their future. Those willing to be challenged, work hard, cultivate an independent mind, and exercise their creativity and curiosity will find the SCH curriculum engaging and rewarding.

At the same time, they will discover a nurturing and stimulating learning environment led by a dedicated, passionate, and highly educated faculty. At SCH, the community created by students and faculty is authentic and strong. It is a community in which each student’s unique gifts and capabilities are respected and valued and given just the right combination of challenge and support to ensure they develop and thrive.

Points of Pride: Single-sex PK-8, coed high school; starting in elementary: engineering and robotics, arts and new media; resiliency, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership curriculum, outdoor/trip programs; 62-acre campus borders Wissahickon Watershed

High School Specifics

Led by a deeply committed and progressive faculty, Upper School students gain a thorough grounding in the core liberal arts subjects while enjoying access to an exciting array of electives. Known for our Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, which enhances the school’s core curriculum by supporting student-directed projects and offering classes in new areas of study: Coding, Design, Research and Communication, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship. Also known for STEAM and our 62-acre city campus beside the woods. Highlights of Class of 2017: 87% admitted to one of their top two choices. 14% admitted to Ivy League school.

HS Short Description

Coed private h.s. Students gain a thorough grounding in core liberal arts with access to an exciting array of electives. Numerous activities & clubs. 15 boys, 14 girls' varsity teams.

Open House Dates

Sun., Oct 22, 2-4pm (All Schools) Wed., Dec. 6, 8:30am-10:30 (Middle/Upper Schools) Thurs. Dec. 7 8:30-10:30am (Lower Schools)

Additional Information:

Select State: PA
County: Philadelphia
Grades of School: *PreK
Gender: Single sex lower grades / coed h.s.
Enrollment: 1,020
Students per teacher: 7:1
Tuition: $21,250-$36,500
Financial aid offered?: yes
Technology programs, what grade offered?: 1:1 iPads, 1:1 laptops-5, VidCast Studio with state-of-the-art video/music production technologies, robotics/engineering lab with state-of-the-art fabrication machinery, coding instruction
College prep: # of AP/Honors/IB courses offered: 11 AP
Cum. SAT scores (math / reading / writing): Cr. Reading 670-800 530-670 598 Math 660-800 510-660 600 Writing 690-790 520-680 605 ACT: 27
World languages taught and year in which instruction begins: Chinese-K; French, Spanish, Latin-7
Extracurricular Activities: Academic/literary clubs
Instrumental music
Visual arts
Vocal music
School climate (what are you known for?): Academic rigor
Athletic prowess
Campus features
Community service
Student leadership
Technological focus
Warm community
Some special needs accommodated>: yes
Summer program?: yes
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