About Us: Our History
 /  Our History
TCF 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, 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.


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, 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.


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.
The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts supports The Chester Charter School for the Arts (CCSA), an arts-integrated, academically rigorous, non-profit public charter school in the Chester Upland School District.
EIN: 20-3297449

The Chester Charter School for the Arts prepares children to employ their intellectual and creative powers to enrich their community.

Stay In Touch!