The Chester Fund founded The Chester Charter School for the Arts (CCSA) in 2012 with a mission to prepare the children of Chester to employ their intellectual and creative powers to enrich their community. Initially serving 320 students in grades K-6, CCSA currently enrolls 650 students in grades K-12. In September 2017, CCSA moved into a new home on Highland Avenue, just south of I-95 on the west side of Chester. The new school campus allows CCSA to broaden and deepen programmatic offerings through facilities built to match the needs of a K-12 arts-integrated school. It brings long-term stability and new opportunities that will enrich an already powerful program, put additional resources into the hands of our dedicated faculty, and serve as a beacon in the community. Importantly, this new development also sends a powerful message to our students, families and neighbors that they deserve beautiful, well-resourced schools, just as all children do.
CCSA’s vision is for all students to graduate prepared for continued growth at either a selective college, a conservatory, a technical school, or the military. To accomplish this vision, the School’s program is built around four pillars:
- Scholarship– Students will meet or exceed the standards for proficiency in all academic areas and demonstrate scholarly habits.
- Strong Character– Students will exhibit integrity, empathy, and a commitment to serving their community.
- Craftsmanship– Students will develop the skills required to create academic and artistic works of high quality craftsmanship.
- Purpose– Students will develop a sense of purpose and design clear action plans for their academic/career pursuits post-graduation.