About Us: Our History
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CCSA Foundation was formed in 2005 by a small group of dedicated members of the Swarthmore community, with the vision to found a school that would offer a rigorous academic and artistic program for Chester’s children.


In 2008, CCSA Foundation entered into a private-public partnership with the Chester Upland School District to run the Chester Upland School of the Arts (CUSA), a public school which opened in the 2008-2009 school year.


CUSA made significant progress each year until the fall of 2011, when the staff was significantly restructured as a result of state education funding cuts.


In 2011, seeking autonomy to fulfill its vision and mission, CCSA Foundation submitted a charter school application to form Chester Charter Scholars Academy (CCSA), which officially opened in September 2012 in Aston, PA.


In September, 2017, CCSA moved to its new, $30 million campus on Highland Avenue in Chester.


Initially serving 320 students in grades K-6, CCSA grew by adding a grade level each year and in September 2018, became fully enrolled with 650 students in grades K-12.


On June 10, 2019, CCSA will celebrate the graduation of its first senior class.

CCSA Foundation supports Chester Charter Scholars Academy (CCSA), an arts-integrated, academically rigorous, non-profit public charter school in the Chester Upland School District.

EIN/Tax ID: 20-3297449
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