CCSA Today, Summer 2018
Highlights from our latest issue of CCSA Today include:
- reflections on the 2017/18 school year and recognitions of exciting and important CCSA ‘firsts’ from Head of School Akosua Watts
- highlights from CCSA’s first year-long, arts-integration project, Chester Rising
- news relating to CCSA development, including a word from Executive Director of The Chester Fund, Donna Armand
- a profile of two of CCSA’s most inspirational volunteers
- profiles of four CCSA scholars
- and a calendar of CCSA’s community events around Greater Delaware County during the past year
The mission of The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts is to support The Chester Charter School for the Arts (CCSA), an arts-integrated, academically rigorous, non-profit public charter school in the Chester Upland School District (CUSD), one of the most under-resourced communities in Pennsylvania. Initially serving 320 students in grades K-6, CCSA currently enrolls 650 students in grades K-12.
The vision of the Chester Fund for Education and the Arts is to provide the children and youth of Chester with exceptional opportunities for learning and success, which will in turn allow Chester to rejuvenate as an economic and artistic hub in Delaware County. Our vision is not only to provide opportunities to the children who attend our school, but also to impact the public school system within Chester for the better through shared knowledge, ideas, and educational resources for the benefit of all Chester’s children.
About Our School
Founded in 2012, The Chester Charter School for the Arts is the highest-performing free, public school in the Chester Upland School District. Admission is open to all Chester residents, including those with special needs and English language learners. Students are admitted by lottery held each March with special preference given to siblings. Across the school, 89% of students are from low-income households and 12% are special needs students. 98% of CCSA students are African American.
Authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, CCSA is able to operate with greater independence than traditional district public schools, but is held strictly accountable to the state for student performance. Every five years, a charter school is subject to a review that determines if the school will continue to operate.