Springside Chestnut Hill Academy is located in the northwest corner of Philadelphia known as Chestnut Hill and represents one of the largest commercial enterprises in the community. Chestnut Hill is known as one of the more affluent neighborhoods of the city, but it also embraces an economic and cultural mix of residents. Its tree-lined streets, gracious stone homes, earlier 19th century frame houses, and quaint shopping district offer a pleasant escape from the city’s more dense urban center. It has served for years as a bedroom community for commuters to the city.
Chestnut Hill sits on a rise at the edge of the Wissahickon Watershed, with easy access to other residential communities such as Mt. Airy, Wyndmoor, Erdenheim, Flourtown, Lafayette Hill, Glenside and Germantown.
During the 19th century, it was a popular summer vacation destination because of its cooler temperatures and expansive greenness. In the mid-1800s, a commuter railroad was built from Center City, increasing ease of access to the area. Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s historic Wissahickon Inn, at the heart of the school’s 62-acre campus, served as a grand hotel for many years for families escaping the summer heat of the city.
Today, Chestnut Hill retains much of its historic character and quiet suburban persona while offering a diverse array of restaurants, shops, and recreational opportunities through its proximity to the Wissahickon Valley Park and its many trails.