Grades 5-8 Admissions

Middle School orchestra practice

Grade 5-8 application process

Below are the details of the Middle School application process and what to expect. 

Interested in visiting SCH before applying? Please register for of our Admissions Events here.

Submit Your Application

To submit an application to Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, please start with the online application. You will be asked to create a username and password so that you can return to the portal to complete the process or pick up where you left off. The application takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. 

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submit your parent questionnaire

The parent questionnaire serves as a valuable tool for us to gain insights into your family and student's unique qualities and experiences. By completing this questionnaire in the mySCH portal alongside your application, you provide us with a better understanding of your motivations for considering SCH, your student's potential contributions to our community, and their notable academic or extracurricular accomplishments.

schedule your parent INTERVIEW

As part of the application, parents of applicants in the Middle School are required to complete a parent interview at any time throughout the admissions process. This conversation with our Middle School Admissions Director, Allison Gatter, will give you an opportunity to learn more about our curriculum, ask questions, and tell us more about your student. This interview can be scheduled at the same time as your student's visit (or at a later date) and is preferred to happen in-person but can be virtual if needed.


Applicants will have the invaluable opportunity to immerse themselves in our school's academic and social culture by spending a full day in our Middle School. To ensure a smooth visit, students will be assigned a friendly student "host" unless they express a preference to spend the day with a specific individual. The day starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 2:50 PM.

During the visit, applicants will also have a one-on-one interview with one of 4 Middle School Deans. This interview provides an excellent platform for applicants to showcase their unique qualities, share more about themselves, and answer any additional questions they may have. It is an exciting opportunity for your student to engage with our faculty and further personalize their application.


Please log into your mySCH account to electronically request your recommendation letters. We prioritize the confidentiality of these recommendations, which must be directly sent from the respective teachers to our Admission Office after October 15. By requesting these recommendations, you accept the confidentiality agreement. 

To maintain the integrity of the application process, we regretfully cannot accept recommendations received before October 15.


All applicants are required to submit the results of either the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). It is important to note that the scheduling and associated costs of the test are the responsibility of the applicant's family. Additionally, to ensure the authenticity of the results, we kindly request that the testing organization directly submits the test scores to SCH.  

*If you are seeking academic support or accommodations, we will require a copy of your student's most recent psycho-educational evaluation (completed within the last three years).

Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) - CODE: 393520
Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) - CODE: 7450

If you have questions please email the Director of Middle School Admissions, Allison Gatter at to learn more about the testing process.


We kindly request the submission of your current report card or progress report and previous year's transcript(s). You can request these items via the mySCH portal (in "Transcript Release Request" section) or by using the PDF below (instructions included). 

Admissions Timeline

We are delighted that you are considering Springside Chestnut Hill Academy as part of your school search. We welcome applications at any time during the year on a rolling basis. If you are interested in applying for admission, please submit an application through our website. Once your application has been submitted you will be contacted by your divisional Admissions Director.

Decisions & Notification

All applications that are complete by December 1, will receive notification on their admission decision in January. Starting in January the Admission Committee will review applications as they become complete, and decisions will be shared on a rolling basis.

Financial Aid

Families who are interested in applying for Financial Aid are strongly encouraged to submit their financial aid applications at the same time they complete their admission applications. Financial aid for newly accepted families will be awarded in January during the first round of evaluations. The review process will continue until funds are exhausted, meaning that applications will be considered on a rolling basis. It is advisable to submit your admission and financial aid applications as early as possible to have the best opportunity for consideration.

Middle School admissions director

Meet Allison Gatter, SCH's Director of Middle School Admissions. She's here to answer your questions as you begin your application process for your student entering grades 5-8. 

p: 215-754-1021

Middle School is a time of growth and change, and at SCH we make it our mission to instill confidence, foster creativity, and strengthen friendships among our students during these academically-challenging three years.

Meadow Pepino
Head of Middle School

Meadow Pepino, Head of Middle School speaking at the Middle School Move-Up Ceremony