The Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL)
is committed to developing an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset in every student at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. The CEL program enhances Pre-K-12 education with learning opportunities and classes that empower students to shape their futures and the world.

The Entrepreneurial Mindset

At SCH, entrepreneurship is an approach to problem solving. The CEL program prioritizes the development of four key traits that comprise the entrepreneurial mindset: opportunity seeking, creative problem solving, resiliency and resourcefulness. Equipped with this mindset, our students take on interesting challenges that connect with their passions and graduate with a competitive advantage. To instill this mindset in every student, CEL is integrated into the Pre-K-12 school experience. Project-based challenges in the classroom provide an opportunity for students to build this way of thinking while practicing entrepreneurial skills in the areas of business, design, and technology.


The Pre-K-9th curriculum is embedded into the student's schedule, building toward a Capstone experience in which all sophomores launch a venture. In 11th and 12th grade, students can continue to pursue their ventures through a variety of electives and independent study opportunities, including the Venture Accelerator. Students interested in launching a venture prior to the 10th grade are encouraged to apply to the selective Venture Incubator experience.

Program History

In 2012, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy launched the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) as an addendum to the rigorous core curriculum to prepare students for the ever-changing world ahead of them. The program was renamed in 2015 as The Priscilla G. Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership to honor Dr. Sands’ 19-year tenure at Springside and SCH, her vision for the program, and her belief in creative collaboration, problem-based learning, and design thinking.

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    Edward Glassman 

    Executive Director of CEL
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.