In 2012, the Board of Trustees of SCH Academy established an ambitious and comprehensive, multiphase, multiyear redesign of the school’s 62-acre campus, including new construction, facility renovation, redistribution of the academic divisions, and improved traffic flow and parking. Springside Chestnut Hill Academy has been working with WRT Design, located in Philadelphia, to imagine the campus as a whole and the structures on it. The Board of Trustees, along with WRT, considered many options for the school to best share existing facilities and create new ones to serve the combined community.
The redesign of our campus is occurring in several phases, all supported by our fundraising efforts through the multiphase Capital Campaign.
Board Chair, Dick Hayne and Capital Campaign Co-Chairs, Ann Marie Mendlow and Ellin Dixon-Miller ‘75 have led the SCH Academy Board of Trustees since the launch of the Capital Campaign in 2012. The completion of Phase I of the campaign was realized in 2014. In collaboration with the strategic vision of Head of School, Dr. Steve Druggan, Phase II of the Campaign is well underway.
The core of Phase II of the Campus Master Plan is a new, contemporary Lower School building named for a lead gift from the McCausland Family. The McCausland Lower School and Commons will be home to the Lower School for Boys and the Lower School for Girls and will house students in Pre-K through 4th grade. The learning experience will remain single-sex, with gender- and age-specific classrooms, while leveraging the benefits of shared common and cooperative space and access to outdoor learning areas. Perched on 10 acres of SCH woods adjacent to the Wissahickon Watershed, the McCausland Lower School & Commons has been designed to showcase SCH Academy’s standout educational program that has propelled the school to the forefront of educational thought and best practice.
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH) is an independent school offering a rigorous college preparatory program that delivers an unparalleled academic experience. The school’s unique model is distinguished by single-sex education for the lower grades (Pre-K through 8) followed by a coed Upper School.