Building Bright Futures

The Building Bright Futures Campaign came to a close on December 31, 2017. Made possible through private donations and financing, the new campus for CCSA opened in August 2017. Thank you to all who contributed to the success of this project.
Watch the Ribbon Cutting, August 25, 2017

Naming opportunities in the space are still available. To learn how you can continue to build the future of CCSA, please contact Donna Armand at

A Modern, Urban Campus

The new building was carefully designed to provide attractive, inspiring spaces that accommodate the demands of a K-12 integrated arts curriculum. Now, because of the generous support of our community, Chester Charter School for the Arts opened the 2017 school year at our exciting new Chester city campus.


Each grade is provided with two classrooms.


A regulation gymnasium provides for volleyball, basketball, indoor lacrosse, and more.


Two well-equipped science laboratories.


A raised stage and lighting permits the cafeteria to double as an auditorium for small-scale performances.

Reading Rooms

Break-out reading rooms on every floor.


The multimedia lab is furnished with state-of-the-art computers.

Studio Space

Dance and art studios are naturally lit from floor-to-ceiling windows.


CCSA brings an attractive, bustling campus to a largely residential neighborhood.

How will you build the future of CCSA?

Your gifts have changed the lives of children in Chester.

Checks may be posted to:

Donna Armand
The Chester Fund
1500 Highland Avenue
Chester, PA 19013

To discuss other ways to give, please contact Donna Armand at 610.859.2998 or at

Building CCSA’s Campus: A Timeline in Photographs


On June 2, 2016, we break ground at 1500 Highland Avenue. Over two hundred members of our community join us for this momentous occasion.


The folks at BSI Construction and Northstar Owners Representation are helped by a relatively warm winter. The new building under construction may be glimpsed from I-95.


On a sunny afternoon in August 2017, the doors are opened. A new school year begins in a big, exciting way.

Campaign Leadership

Salem Shuchman

Salem Shuchman Co-Chair

We are proud to be leading the Building Bright Futures campaign for CCSA, and to know that our work will give these children a campus equal to their talents, equal to the school’s program, and equal to the dedication of the faculty and staff leadership.

This is an opportunity of a lifetime to make an impact through education.

Barbara Klock

Barbara Klock Co-Chair

My husband Salem and I became involved in Chester as students at Swarthmore College decades ago and are familiar with several projects serving the city and its children. But CCSA has captured our hearts and minds above all else. Open any classroom door and you will find children consistently engaged in learning. Walk down the hall and students greet you with sincerity. The walls are covered with the work of proud students at every level.

All children deserve excellence in academic and character education, and a supportive learning community. The students at CCSA experience these things every day and it’s clear that they value that experience—and it drives them to work hard and to succeed.

Capital Campaign Committee

Dr. Reverend Eugene C. Bay
Jean Bay
Susan Brake, MBA
Bruce M. Brown, MA
Don Delson, MBA/JD
Maurice Eldridge
Jim Emrich, MPH
Wendy Emrich
Joanne Hanna
James J. McEntee III, JD
Reb Speare, Esq.

Donor Testimonials

Joseph & Lana Turner

Joseph & Lana Turner

We met at Swarthmore as students over 40 years ago. Even then, the college community was very aware of its neighbors in Chester.

After Swarthmore, we lived far away. Dear friends began telling us of their interest in and excitement about CCSA, and it was clear to us that something important was happening. The more we learned, the more we wanted to become supporters. We are delighted to be able to make an impact through our gift to the Building Bright Futures campaign.

CCSA touches our most important treasure: our children. It is as important as it is compelling.

Donald Delson

Donald Delson Board President, CCSA

We could not ignore the educational distress suffered by the children in the City of Chester, only five miles from our home.

Chester’s schools are short-changed by a state funding formula that relies on local real estate taxes in a poor city with extremely low property values. CCSA fills a void, offering literacy and math support on a par with affluent suburban schools. With the support of a strong community of volunteers and donor, we are finally creating a physical environment designed for our arts-based program.

Everyone involved at CCSA is excited about moving to a new campus in Chester where students will learn and succeed for generations to come.

CCSA Foundation (formerly The Chester Fund for Education & the Arts) supports Chester Charter Scholars Academy (CCSA), an arts-integrated, academically rigorous, non-profit public charter school in the Chester Upland School District.
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Chester Charter Scholars Academy seal logo Chester Charter Scholars Academy prepares children to employ their intellectual and creative powers to enrich their community.

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