Throughout their SCH Academy Pre-K–12 academic journey, students are incrementally exposed to the “strands” of knowledge that are the hallmark of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL): The Art of Communication, Engineering/New Media, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Global Immersion, Leadership, and Statistics. These seven strands are tailored to their grade level. The CEL academic program culminates in Upper School with a series of required seminars and interdisciplinary electives that complement SCH’s rigorous and proven college-preparatory curriculum.
Through CEL, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy distinguishes itself as the only independent school in the Philadelphia area offering a curriculum based in the study of entrepreneurship.
|The Art of Communication|
Through the Art of Communication students are exposed to various communication styles and tactics, both oral and written.
- Craft and dissect a persuasive argument.
- Present and speak with passion and authority.
- Communicate and present through a variety of mediums: written, oral, and digital.
Through active engagement, tinkering, and prototyping, students design and build projects in a variety of media with input from both an artist and an engineer. Students are challenged to solve problems using design thinking to conceptualize, design, and build their solutions.
- Understand fundamentals of Engineering
- Learn 3-D design in Google SketchUp
- Learn prototyping through laser cutters and 3-D printing
Through SCH Academy’s partnerships with large and small business leaders as well as leading organizations, students are exposed to the ideas behind the entrepreneurial mindset, and how and why certain people and organizations are successful when taking a business model from idea to launch and beyond.
- Understand the driving forces behind entrepreneurship and business challenges in different regions and sectors.
- Learn from firsthand opportunities to work with leading entrepreneurs.
- Learn that good business planning and the ability to sell ideas encompasses all fields, exposing students to a range of people including successful filmmakers, artists, scientists, and technology startups.
Through the study of ethics within the context of classical philosophy and systems of reasoning, students are exposed to various methods of thinking and are urged to ask questions and think critically.
- Use inductive and deductive logic to construct and analyze arguments.
- Explore one's own beliefs and respect those of others.
- Examine ethics as it pertains to modern philosophy.
Through Global Immersion collaborative projects, travel opportunities, and the eSCHift international leadership institutes, students gain the ability to think critically about their own roles in a global community. Students develop an empathetic viewpoint, hone their problem-solving skills, and expand their worldview as they build a network of peers and mentors from within their own community, country, and around the world.
- Gain confidence navigating complex problems with peers, organizations, and businesses from around the world.
- Understand the impact of culture, history, geography, and government on regional and global issues and economies.
- Develop strategies for working collaboratively across a wide cultural and geographical span using a variety of tools and approaches.
Through the study of Leadership students are exposed to the characteristics, qualities, and varied intellectual approaches of civic, political, and business leaders.
- Learn the basic theories and models of leadership.
- Develop the intellectual tools needed to be responsible stewards of communities and organizations.
- Analyze the impact that personal relationships have on members of an organization.
Students learn theories behind data analysis and the importance of being quantitatively literate. Statistics focuses on the idea that data is more than just numbers; it is the story behind the numbers and the significance of data context.
- Graphically represent data and recognize the importance and frequency of data mining in all aspects of society.
- Draw conclusions and make inferences about data.
- Become numerically literate in the digital age.
|"We can no longer afford to educate students with a model rooted in the last century. The tenets of entrepreneurial leadership propel us to move boldly in a new direction, with a unique product that is rich in flavor, creativity, and innovation."|
Dr. Priscilla Sands
Making a Difference, One Egg at a Time
As part of the Global Immersion strand, Middle School students are tending chickens, selling eggs, and financing micro-grants of their choosing through kiva.org
, where loans around the world are changing lives.