Grades 9-12 Admissions

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Grade 9-12 application process

Below are the details for the Upper School application process. 

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 and must be submitted by the applicant's parent or guardian.

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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 Upper School are required to complete a parent interview at any time throughout the admissions process. This conversation with one of our Upper School Admissions team members 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.

schedule your student full-day visit & interview with faculty*

*Due to capacity, we are only hosting full-day visits in select grades. Prior to applying, please email Interim Director of Upper School Admissions, Rick Knox,, to find out if a visit day is possible.

Applicants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in our school's academic and social culture by spending a full day in our Upper School (visitors are asked to arrive at 8:00 AM and classes end at 2:50 PM). Ideally, grade 9 applicants will join the 9th grade for the day, while applicants to the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade will be placed with their respective peer groups. To ensure a smooth transition, students will be assigned a student "host" unless they express a preference to spend the day with a specific individual. 

During the visit, applicants will also have a one-on-one interview with a member of our Upper School faculty. This interview gives applicants the opportunity to showcase their unique qualities, share more about themselves, and ask any questions they may have. It is also an exciting opportunity for your student to engage with our faculty and further personalize their application.

submit your current math & english teacher recommendations
and principal/advisor recommendation 

Please log into your mySCH portal to electronically request your recommendation letters. We prioritize the confidentiality of these recommendations, which must be sent from the respective teachers to our Admission Office after October 15. By adhering to these guidelines, we can ensure that your student's application contains accurate and timely feedback, further enhancing our understanding of their academic strengths and accomplishments. 

To maintain the integrity of the application process, we regretfully cannot accept recommendations received before October 15 or those not completed by the applicant's current academic teachers.

Required outside testing* 

All applicants are required to submit the results of either the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). However, for 11th and 12th-grade applicants, we offer the flexibility of accepting the PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores in place of the SSAT or ISEE exam. To ensure the authenticity of the results, we kindly request that the testing organization directly submits the test scores to SCH.

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 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 Upper School Admissions, Carlee D'Amato at to learn more about the testing process.

submit transcripts

For 9th grade applicants, we require the final report cards from the 6th and 7th grades, along with the first-semester (or trimester) report cards from the 8th grade. For applicants in 10th-12th grade, we kindly ask for two years' worth of final report cards, in addition to the submission of the current first-semester (or trimester) report card. You can request these items via the mySCH portal (in the "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.

Upper School admissions director

Meet Rick Knox, SCH's Interim Director of Upper School Admissions. He's here to answer your questions as you begin your application process for your student entering grades 9-12. 

p: 215-754-1615

Ultimately, as parents and educators, mentors and coaches, we are all in this for the same reason: to grow confident, resilient young students who embrace opportunities to grow and learn and who will thrive in the inherent unpredictability of life. The years ahead are an exciting part of their journey of self-discovery and preparation for the world beyond us.

Matt Norcini
Head of Upper School

Matt Norcini, Head of Upper School at the SCH Graduation Ceremony