2005TCF 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.
2008In 2008, TCF 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.
2011CUSA 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, TCF submitted a charter school application to form The Chester Charter School for the Arts (CCSA), which officially opened in September 2012 in Aston, PA.
2017In September, 2017, CCSA moved to its new, $30 million campus on Highland Avenue in Chester.
2018Initially 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.
2019On June 10, 2019, CCSA will celebrate the graduation of its first senior class.