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Welcome to Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill
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 citys 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.

The Independent School in Chestnut Hill

SCH is an independent school with a bold educational vision.
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s Pre-K–12 program is informed by what today’s students need to thrive in college and beyond. At SCH we provide a rigorous academic core curriculum delivered by forward-thinking, passionate teachers who know your child. We are leaders in the educational community, driving innovation to ensure student preparation for the future.
Single-Sex & Coeducational Models: The Best of Both Worlds
SCH’s educational model is distinguished by single-sex education for the lower grades (Pre-K through 8) followed by a coed Upper School. This unique structure expresses SCH’s belief in the benefits of single-sex academic instruction in the lower and middle grades and recognition of the value of coeducation in a student’s final preparation for college and beyond.
SCH is the only Philadelphia-area independent school structured to offer age-appropriate learning environments for every stage of a child’s social and intellectual development. Faculty in the Lower and Middle Schools are experts in the different ways that boys and girls learn and have designed their curriculum to support these different learning styles.
SCH enjoys a 62-acre campus with 11 buildings, including recently renovated athletic fields and facilities, and sits adjacent to the Wissahickon Watershed. Come see what 300 years of combined leadership in boys and girls education looks like.
We look forward to exploring the role that SCH Academy can play in helping your child step boldly into the future! Springside Chestnut Hill Academy 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. SCH Academy is the product of the 2010 merger between Springside School (est. 1879) and Chestnut Hill Academy (est. 1861), combining nearly 300 years of academic excellence.

Let’s Get Started

We know with moving you have a lot on your plate, and we are here to make it easier. Please contact our Admissions Office to talk through the application steps and timing, get your visit planned so it coordinates with your search for a new place to live, and allow us to answer questions about this area so that we can make your first visit enjoyable and worthwhile.

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500 West Willow Grove Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118
Cherokee Campus | 215-247-7200
Willow Grove Campus | 215-247-4700
Campus Security | 267-246-8427