The Chester Fund is undertaking a capital campaign to build a new school campus for CCSA in Chester to open in September 2017.

For four years, CCSA has occupied leased space in an office park just outside the City of Chester. This location has met the needs of the School to date, but cannot accommodate growth in student numbers beyond the addition of 10th grade in 2016-17. The current building also lacks features that will enrich the School’s offerings, including a designated performance space and outdoor recreational space for athletics.

The Chester Fund has acquired 11 acres of land in the City of Chester to construct a K-12 building specifically designed for the School’s integrated-arts program. The land is located at 1200 Highland Avenue, just south of I-95 on the west side of Chester. The project broke ground on June 2, 2016 and will be completed by August 2017.

The new school campus will allow CCSA to broaden and deepen programmatic offerings through facilities built to match the needs of a K-12 integrated arts school. The building will include two classrooms for each grade, break-out reading rooms on every floor, a regulation gymnasium, a multi-media/computer lab, science laboratories, dance and art studios, and a cafetorium for food service and small-scale performances.

The new school building will also be a beacon in the community, bringing an attractive, bustling campus to a largely residential neighborhood.

Capital Campaign

Goal: $7,000,000
Raised: $5,460,478
The Chester Fund seeks to raise at least $7 million towards the total cost of the new school campus.




CCSA is a bright spot for children and families in Chester, and serves as a powerful model for what is possible in similar communities.

Capital Campaign Statement

CCSA’s New Campus: Nearly Complete!


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.”


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.

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.”
Support the Campaign


Please send a check to Keren White at The Chester Fund, 200 Commerce Drive, Aston, PA 19014.
You can find instructions to make a stock gift here.
To discuss other ways to give, please contact Keren White at 610.859.2998 or


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, but dear friends began telling us of their interest in and excitement about CCSA. It was clear to us that something important was happening, and 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 | 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.”

Photos of our groundbreaking on June 2, 2016

New Year’s 2016/17: Campus Construction continues!

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.

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