Head of School
Each and every day, our extraordinary student body enjoys the benefit of an inspired education of big and small moments, one guided by gifted teachers at every turn whose expertise, enthusiasm, and care are unmistakable. Here at SCH, we meet students where they are and grow their competence—and confidence. In addition to developing core knowledge and skills within a demanding curriculum, students learn to draw wisdom from experience across the academics, arts, and athletics.
And wisdom, we know, is hard-earned! Yes, we inevitably teach students how to “do” school in an evolving knowledge economy. Beyond that, though, we teach them how to “do” life in an increasingly unknowable world, by maximizing the vast resources of our handsome campus, compelling city, and vibrantly diverse school community. Our students learn to ask really good questions, play around with ideas, push beyond boundaries, discover and create solutions, and express themselves responsibly. They learn to link learning to life. As a result, they can hold their own, even in a room filled with grownups!
You will know this the minute you step foot on campus. And when our students head for home at the end of a full day, you can rest assured that their time was put to good use and that what they did—what they learned that day—mattered!
Dr. Delvin Dinkins
Head of School
Dr. Dinkins in the news
February 29, 2024 | NAIS Independent School | Independent School Spirit
November 26, 2022 | KYW News Radio | Philly Educators: Sense of Belonging Essential for Student Academic Success
August 25, 2022 | Chestnut Hill Local | New SCH head of school aims to inspire a 'magical vigor'
August 18, 2022 | Philadelphia Business Journal | Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's new head of school discusses goals for his first year
May 13, 2022 | The UPenn GSE Magazine | Faces of Philanthropy
June 2, 2021 | Chestnut Hill Local | SCH names new head of school for 2022
Dr. Dinkins' first Convocation Ceremony as Head of School, 2022