Springside Chestnut Hill Academy is located in the northwest corner of Philadelphia known as Chestnut Hill and represents one of the largest commercial enterprises in the community. Chestnut Hill is known as one of the more affluent neighborhoods of the city, but it also embraces an economic and cultural mix of residents. Its tree-lined streets, gracious stone homes, earlier 19th century frame houses, and quaint shopping district offer a pleasant escape from the city’s more dense urban center. It has served for years as a bedroom community for commuters to the city.
Chestnut Hill sits on a rise at the edge of the Wissahickon Watershed, with easy access to other residential communities such as Erdenheim, Flourtown, Lafayette Hill, Mt. Airy, and Germantown.
During the 19th century, it was a popular summer vacation destination because of its cooler temperatures and expansive greenness. In the mid-1800s, a commuter railroad was built from Center City, increasing ease of access to the area. Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s historic Wissahickon Inn, at the heart of the school’s 62-acre campus, served as a grand hotel for many years for families escaping the summer heat of the city.
Today, Chestnut Hill retains much of its historic character and quiet suburban persona while offering a diverse array of restaurants, shops, and recreational opportunities through its proximity to the Wissahickon Valley Park and its many trails.
A big city with a small-city sensibility, Philadelphia is one of the country’s largest and oldest cities, centrally located, both in the nation’s history and along the Eastern Seaboard. Within its boundaries, the country’s Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were written. For 10 years at the end of the 18th century, it served as the nation’s capital while Washington, D.C. was being built.
Today, Philadelphia (Philly as locals call it) offers its residents and visitors a vibrant cultural life as well as a rich history. Its downtown architecture spans the ultra modern to the 18th century. Its climate is seasonal but not extreme, with summer mugginess moderated by the breezes circulating between its two rivers. Recreational and cultural activities abound with stimulating offerings at its many museums and educational institutions and outdoor activities along its rivers and in its parks and the neighboring counties.
Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods reflecting the diverse immigrant and cultural history of the city. Today, the city is home to the second-largest Irish, Italian, and Puerto Rican populations in the country, the third largest African American population, the fifth largest Muslim population, as well as a significant and diverse Asian population.
Philadelphia’s residents are young and hip, with an average age of 33.5 and predominantly single (61%). The seventh largest metropolitan economy in the country, its economic base includes the headquarters of several Fortune 500 companies, including Comcast, CIGNA, Independence Blue Cross, Rohm and Hass, GlaxoSmithKline, and Sunoco. Philadelphia has shifted to an information technology and service-based economy with financial activities its largest sector. It is also one of the largest health education and research centers in the United States.