About SCH

Philadelphia Skyline Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Campus

As a school, we have an enormous opportunity to build our skills as neighbors and citizens. For me, this means melding our school’s vision with a relentless pursuit of a nobler version of ourselves as individuals and as a school.

Dr. Delvin Dinkins | Head of School

Be a Chance Hunter! from Dr. Delvin Dinkins, Convocation 2022
All School drone photo of campus in the fall taken by Julia Lehman McTigue

Our history

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy was formed by the 2010 merger between all-girls Springside School and all-boys Chestnut Hill Academy (CHA), private Pre-K–12 schools on adjacent campuses.

Founded in 1861, Chestnut Hill Academy was an all-male Pre-K-12 independent college preparatory school located in northwest Philadelphia. CHA was the oldest all-boys school in Greater Philadelphia.

Springside was founded in 1879 by Ms. Jane Bell and Ms. Walter Comegys as a French and English boarding school for young ladies and girls. The school was located on Norwood Avenue in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. Springside was initially a boarding school and attracted students from across the northeast, particularly in New England, where most boarding schools were only for boys.

The school is situated on a 62-acre campus adjacent to the Wissahickon Creek watershed in Fairmount Park and includes the Wissahickon Inn, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2012, SCH Academy established the Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) to complement its core curriculum and to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset. Philadelphia magazine named SCH one of 19 area schools rethinking education in big and small ways for its CEL program in 2018. The Center is unique in the nation in that the entrepreneurial curriculum is offered from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12.

SCH At-A-Glance

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Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

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