The Chester Charter School for the Arts is making good on its name, with a host of school supporters and administrators joining Chester officials in breaking ground at the site which CCSA plans to occupy beginning in the 2017–2018 school year.
The school, now located in a rented facility in Aston, will move to the new site at 1200 Highland Avenue, which will accommodate 650 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
CCSA educates nearly 500 students in grades K through 9 from the Chester-Upland School District in an arts-integrated curriculum.
Since its founding in 2012, the school has improved attendance and academic performance year over year. Admission is open to all school-age Chester residents.
The new building – incorporating 90,000 square feet of educational space, performance space, gymnasium, studios and labs – will occupy three stories, adjoined by playing fields and a playground.
A capital campaign has already raised nearly $4 million of the total cost of $25 million, aided by a $1 million donation from an anonymous Swarthmore College alumnus, as well as gifts from the HBE Foundation and the McLean Contributionship.