Campaign History

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.

List of 3 items.

  • Phase I: Common Ground, Completed 2014

    Unified and enhanced campus green space, pathways and athletic fields.
    • installation of two all-weather fields (turf)
    • significant stormwater management
    • brick and bluestone walkways connecting the Willow Grove and Cherokee campuses and all of the new athletic facilities
    • seven tennis courts
    • Middle School baseball field
    • refurbished Pearson Field with dugouts
    • softball field with dugouts
    • landscaping, including the planting of over 100 native trees
    • new track
    • construction of the Francis P. Steel ’77 Sports Pavilion
    • refurbishment of Talbot Field
    • new scoreboards
    • metal fencing
    • reconstructed parking lot
    • construction of Maguire Stadium on Landreth Field with locker rooms, storage, and bathroom facilities
  • Phase II: McCausland Lower School & Commons, in progress

    Phase II: 
    Construct new academic facility for Lower Schools.
  • Phase III: Wissahickon Inn & Rec

    Phase III: 
    Update and enhance learning spaces in the Wissahickon Inn.  Make sound, structural, and programmatic improvements in ”The Rec” Performing Arts Center.

Campus Master Plan Timeline


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.

This structure is truly BUILT FOR US!

For more information or questions about the McCausland Lower School and Commons please contact 
Jenny McHugh, Director of Development at 215-247-7161.
Mailing Address: 500 West Willow Grove Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118
Main Reception: 215-247-4700    |   Campus Security: 267-246-8427
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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.