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Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Private | PK-12

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $475,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,190.

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Posted October 1, 2011

Lower school is rigorous and nurturing. New head of lower school is energetic, supportive and responsive to students and parents. The merger with Chestnut Hill Academy mostly affects the Upper Schools. Both Springside and CHA have committed to keeping K-8 single sex. Let's hope it stays that way, and that achieving the so-called "economies of scale" in consolidating departments doesn't adversely affect academic or teaching standards. For now, lower school is excellent. We'll give middle school a chance. Maybe administration will enforce school uniform standards by then. Most girls maintain an acceptable length on their mini skirts, but some are just downright jaw-dropping by how short they are. Overall an excellent school. Can only hope the trustees shepherding the merger between CHA and Springside keep academic standards and excellence at the forefront of their decision-making.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2010

This school was meant to be on Great Schools is has everything good teachers good leadership and very hard programs,all of the above. That is why this is a great school


Posted March 23, 2010

I am very disappointed in the college placement of the students and SAT scores
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2009

My daughter attended Springside for 14 years, Pre-K - 12. She was challenged from the moment she started until the day she graduated. At Springside she found her inner artist, her inner athlete, and a life-long love of learning. The school taught her self-discipline, compassion, gave her impeccable study-skills and imbued her with the courage of her own convictions. The academic program gave her a deep grasp of international political issues and a love of literature, language and culture. She is amazingly well-rounded, self-reliant and independent--the school demanded this of her. Every girl should be lucky enough to attend a school like Springside.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2009

I have been at this school for ten years and I believe that it is a great school because it raises girls to be responsible and powerful in all aspects of life. The coordinate program with Chestnut Hill Academy is different from any other schools, offering the best of both schools to boys and girls. There have never been any major problems and everyone behaves and performs to the best of their ability for the most part, whether it be in or out of the classroom.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 11, 2009

I was skeptical at first of all girls education, but I've become a believer. In part, it's because Springside is neither a finishing school nor a place where girls are taught to feel superior to boys. Instead, it focuses on developing girls as leaders -- teaching them to be confident in their abilities, and willing to accept challenges. Academics are excellent, but without the pressure cooker atmosphere preferred by some (parents and teachers). Sports are improving. The physical plant is better than just about any other private school in the area, and the art program, in particular, is spectacular. My daughter is a lifer who started at Pre-K and is now in Middle School and she (and we) couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2007

I am a senior 'lifer' at Springside. I haven't always liked Springside, but I have come to realize it is the best place for me. I have always been quiet and reserved, and my teachers have always commented on this--for many years I felt like they were trying to hurt me, but I now understand that they mean well and are trying to show me something very important--I am my own best advocate. Sorry for any misspellings--the screen on my copmuter is messed up and I can't see what I'm typing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2007

Excellent teachers, technology and physical plant. Sports have traditionally lagged, but a new 50k sq ft. field house and a new AD will change that. Lots of parent involvement in lower school, but the Administration tries to wean parents off by Middle School, which is truly in the best interest of the children. Unique among girls schools because of its relationship with a boys' school across the street, Springside can offer the best of both worlds to girls. My daughter has been there since pre-K, is now in Middle School, and could not be happier or better educated. Note, if you really like 'traditional' education, ie, memorization, recitation, lots of grade school homework and other standard curriculum items, you may not like Springside. They get the job done, but they do it a little differently. I happen to like it, but not everyone is so comfortable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2007

My 9-year-old daughter, who tends to be shy and perfectionistic, has thrived at Springside because they are very nurturing, and encouraging without putting the students into a pressure cooker. The faculty helps the girls handle the social and physical challenges as well as the academic ones.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2006

Extracurriculars are excellent. Sports teams are good, though are hardly competition in the InterAc league. Most of the coaches know that the teams consist of STUDENT athletes. School comes first. The large amount of clubs gives social and valuable life opportunities to each and every student. Art and music are excellent, but only because of collaboration with Chestnut Hill Academy. Best Departments: English and History Parent development crosses the line between excellent and unbelievably irritating. Overall, this school is good.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 2, 2006

springside school is about average on academica. music arts and sports are exceptional. springside provides girls with unique opportunities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2005

Academic quality of the school is excellent. Technology is state of the art and woven nicely into the curriculum. Also strong emphasis on music, art and drama. Parent involvemnt is good, could be better in the middle/upper schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2005

Very nurturing and caring school. Music program is good - orchestra including string section. High school program introduces Jazz Band which focuses on small ensemble improvisation. All girls school, with focus on teaching girls to succeed. Their 'illuminating women' series was fascinating - including speakers such as Frederica Van Stade, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Judge Margaret Rendell.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 71%
Black 18% 15%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Hispanic 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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Arts & music

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  • Art room
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Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
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  • Photography
  • Printmaking
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  • Textile design
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  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
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  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

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  • School psychologist
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Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Security personnel
Transportation options
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  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
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  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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  • Kitchen
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  • Science lab
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  • Basketball
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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500 West Willow Grove Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
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