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.

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


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. 


Interview Requirements 
Application Fee 
Application Description 
Space Available 
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12

Admission Instructions

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

Test Score Requirement

Above 80
Academic Strength 
Top 10%
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AP Courses 
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Government and Politics
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • US History
  • World History
Honor Courses  







Special Programs  

Student Activities

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


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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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