Reasons to Consider SCH

We look forward to exploring the role that SCH can play in helping your child step boldly into the future!


It is no longer enough for students to be exposed to the traditional college preparatory curriculum or to be well versed in the analytical and critical-thinking skills that independent schools have historically taught. SCH recognizes the complex and constantly evolving skills necessary to succeed not just at the next level of schooling, but rather in the highly competitive global marketplace and beyond. Inquiry and problem solving characterize all that we do at SCH. Students are encouraged to ask questions, identify challenges, explore solutions, test conceptual boundaries, and devise their own strategies for success. They are taught not to fear thinking boldly—and to try again if their first efforts fail, in this way building the intellectual stamina and confidence that will be so important to their success later in life. 

By the time our students complete their academic journey, they have not only acquired a superior college preparation, they have gained confidence, skills that lead to great inquiry, and an expertise in problem identification and strategic problem solving. For many, this level of exposure and experience is not found until college or beyond. Our graduates pride themselves in their preparedness for the next level of schooling, as well as for their future professional endeavors.  

Single-Sex and Coeducational Models: the best of both worlds

The educational model at SCH 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 the final preparation of students for college and beyond.
SCH is one of few independent schools in the nation structured to offer age-appropriate learning environments for every stage of the social, emotional, and intellectual development of your child.

Fostering Resilience

An SCH education is focused on preparing students for college as well as life beyond by attending to their social-emotional and intellectual development. Building the skills and mental attitudes that enable our students to overcome challenges, take intellectual risks, persevere in the face of obstacles, find the positive lessons from failure, and be optimistic and empathetic are essential to a productive, happy, engaged life. The teaching of resiliency is grounded in school-wide mindfulness, regular discussions in advisories and classes, and special projects that help to cultivate these qualities. Students learn about resiliency in and out of the classroom. Our faculty are committed to the delicate balance of challenge and support, allowing our students vast opportunities to exercise their resiliency in and out of the classroom. Through assignments and projects, on the athletic fields, and in advisory discussions, the benefits of these life-affirming skills are explained and their development encouraged.


SCH enjoys a 62-acre campus that includes 11 buildings, including recently renovated athletic fields and facilities, and sits adjacent to the Wissahickon Watershed. The campus also includes two homes located adjacent to campus. Distinctive features of the campus include 17 laboratories, including a 1,600-square-foot state-of-the-art Robotics and Engineering Lab, Imagineering Lab, Physics and Engineering Lab for Lower School; historic national landmark Wissahickon Inn; Sol Lewitt installation; half-acre solar array installation; Low and High Ropes Challenge Course; and five performing arts venues.

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Cherokee Campus | 215-247-7200
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