Introduction

At Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, we offer a unique educational model that empowers its younger students with a single-sex education in Pre-K through 8th and a coed experience in Upper School. Students learn in a community that inspires unbounded curiosity, independent thought, and a passion to effect positive change.

Our unparalleled, 62-acre campus combines the best of city and suburbs. We are distinguished by our signature programs in entrepreneurial leadership, global travel, robotics and engineering, college preparation, new media, outdoor education, and principles of sustainability.

Location 
Philadelphia,Pennsylvania,UNITED STATES
Grades 
k-12
School Type 
Private Non-Religious School
School Size 
Large (over 600 students)

Highlights

Year Established 1861
Total Enrollment 1022
College Matriculation 100%
Teacher to Student Ratio 1:7
International Students Ratio 3%
Teachers with Advanced Degree 72%
Gender Co-ed
AP Courses 8
Average Class Size 15
Average SAT Score 2080
Religious Affiliation Independent
Uniform Requirement Formal

Campus Features

  • SCH is a leader in school environmental sustainability efforts from our 3-Star Green Restaurant rating for our school cafeterias to our native arboreta, rain gardens, certified LEED Gold sciene and technology center, rooftop solar panels, and schoolwide waste-reduction initiatives. 
  • Over 80 electives available to upper school students including Forensics, Architectural Design, Advanced Creative Writing, and Vector Calculus. 
  • Over 700 SCH students have deepened their global citizenship skills through meaningful immersion and service programs in countries such as Cuba, Cambodia, Thailand, Ecuador, France, Peru, Italy, New Zealand, Mexico, Ethiopia, and Senegal. 

Admission

Interview Requirements 
Yes
Application Fee 
N/A
Application Description 
N/A
Space Available 
10 
Grade 7
0
Grade 8
0
Grade 9
7
Grade 10
3
Grade 11
0
Grade 12
0

Admission Instructions

Minimum TOEFL score 95 8th grade students must live with a family member.

Test Score Requirement

TOEFL 
Above 80
TOEFL Jr 
N/A
IELTS 
N/A
Academic Strength 
Top 10%
academic strength explanation!

Estimate Total Cost

Total Annual Cost 
$65,320
Total Annual Cost is Calculated based on tuition, health insurance, and average local living expenses.
International Tuition /Year
$41,870
Domestic Tuition /Year:
$36,500

Courses

AP Courses 
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Government and Politics
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • US History
  • World History
Honor Courses  

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Algebra

Geometry

Latin

Special Programs  
NOT AVAILABLE

Student Activities

Clubs 
  • Art
  • Debate
  • Fashion
  • Foreign Language
  • Model United Nations
  • Robotics
  • Student Goverment
  • Vocal Performance
  • Year Book
Sports 
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Matriculations

Agnes Scott College
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American University 
Auburn University 
Babson College 
Barnard College 
Bates College
Bennington College
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Boston College
Boston University 
Bowdoin College 
Brown University 
Bryn Mawr College 
Bucknell University 
California Institute of Technology
Campbell University
Case Western Reserve
University 
Catholic University of America
Chapman University 
Clemson University 
Coastal Carolina University
Colgate University 
College of Charleston 
College of the Holy Cross
College of William & Mary 
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia University, Columbia College 
Connecticut College 
Cornell University 
Dartmouth College 
Davidson College 
Delaware Valley College
Denison University
DePaul University
DeSales University
Dickinson College 
Drexel University 
Duke University 
Eckerd College
Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne
Elon University 
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, FL
Emerson College 
Fairfield University
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck
Fashion Institute of Technology
Fisk University
Florida Atlantic University
Fordham University
Franklin and Marshall College 
Furman University 
George Washington University 
Georgetown University 
Georgia Institute of Technology 
Gettysburg College 
Goucher College 
Grove City College
Hamilton College, NY 
Haverford College
High Point University 
Hobart and William Smith
Colleges 
Hofstra University
Howard University
Indiana University Bloomington
Ithaca College 
James Madison University 
Johns Hopkins University 
Juniata College
Kenyon College 
King’s College, Pennsylvania
Kutztown University of
Pennsylvania 
Lafayette College 
Lehigh University 
Lincoln University
Loyola University Maryland 
Marymount University
Marywood University
Mercer University
Michigan State University 
Middlebury College 
Moore College of Art and Design
Moravian College 
Morehouse College
Muhlenberg College 
The New School, All Divisions 
New York University 
Northeastern University 
Northwestern University 
Oberlin College 
Ohio Wesleyan University 
Penn State University, Schreyer
Honors College 
Penn State University, University
Park 
Philadelphia University 
Pitzer College
Princeton University 
Providence College
Quinnipiac University
Randolph-Macon College
Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute 
Rhode Island School of Design
Rider University
Rollins College
Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology
Saint Joseph’s University 
Salem College
San Diego University
Sarah Lawrence College
School of the Art Institute of
Chicago
School of Visual Arts
Shippensburg University of
Pennsylvania 
Smith College 
Southern Methodist University 
St. Bonaventure University
St. John’s College
St. John’s University, Queens
Campus 
St. Lawrence University
Stanford University 
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Syracuse University 
Temple University 
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Trinity College 
Trinity University
Tufts University 
Tulane University 
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Canada
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Berkeley 
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Los Angeles
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San Diego 
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Santa Barbara
University of California,
Santa Cruz 
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Park 
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Amherst
University of Miami 
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University of Pittsburgh 
University of Richmond 
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Scotland 
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Tampa
University of Southern California 
University of Tampa 
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Knoxville 
University of the Sciences in
Philadelphia
University of Toronto, Canada
University of Vermont 
University of Virginia 
Ursinus College 
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Villanova University 
Wagner College 
Wake Forest University 
Washington and Lee University 
Washington College
Washington University in
St. Louis
Wellesley College 
Wesley College
Wesleyan University 
West Chester University of
Pennsylvania 
West Virginia University
Widener University 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
Xavier University
Yale University 

Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of 1,567,872 and more than 6 million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, as of 2016. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the Delaware Valley region, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, and is geographically situated both on the Mid-Atlantic seaboard and within the Northeast Megalopolis. The region's population of 7.2 million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

Philadelphia has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city. Fairmount Park, when combined with the adjacent Wissahickon Valley Park in the same watershed, is one of the largest contiguous urban park areas in the United States. The city is known for its arts, culture, and colonial history which attracted 42 million domestic tourists in 2016 who spent $6.8 billion, generating an estimated $11 billion in total economic impact in the city and surrounding four counties of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia has also emerged as a biotechnology hub.

Philadelphia has the third-largest student concentration on the East Coast, with over 120,000 college and university students enrolled within the city and nearly 300,000 in the metropolitan area. There are over 80 colleges, universities, trade, and specialty schools in the Philadelphia region. One of the founding members of the Association of American Universities is in the city, the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League institution with claims to being the oldest university in the country.

The city's largest private school by number of students is Temple University, followed by Drexel University. The University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Drexel University comprise the city's major research universities. Philadelphia is also home to five schools of medicine: Drexel University College of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, and the Thomas Jefferson University. Hospitals, universities, and higher education research institutions in Philadelphia's four congressional districts received more than $252 million in National Institutes of Health grants in 2015.

Other institutions of higher learning within the city's borders include:

  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Saint Joseph's University
  • La Salle University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Philadelphia University
  • Chestnut Hill College
  • Holy Family University
  • Peirce College
  • University of the Sciences
  • University of the Arts
  • The Art Institute of Philadelphia
  • Moore College of Art and Design
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

Philadelphia is served by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), which operates buses, trains, rapid transit, trolleys, and "trackless trolleys" (electric buses) throughout Philadelphia, the four Pennsylvania suburban counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery, in addition to service to Mercer County, New Jersey and New Castle County, Delaware. Two airports serve Philadelphia: the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), straddling the southern boundary of the city, and the Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), a general aviation reliever airport in Northeast Philadelphia. Philadelphia International Airport provides scheduled domestic and international air service, while Northeast Philadelphia Airport serves general and corporate aviation.

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