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.

Our CEL Strands:
The Art of Communication

Engineering/New Media



Global Immersion


"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
CEL in Action
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, where loans around the world are changing lives.
CEL Brochure