Academic Curriculum

At CCSA you will be given opportunities to discover the best in yourself. You’ll explore the arts through a challenging and innovative curriculum. You’ll meet talented and passionate teachers who will help you to recognize your unique learning style. And you’ll find, most of all, that you are embraced and respected as a valuable addition to our community.

Elementary School (Grades K – 4)

Scholars in the elementary school follow a well‐rounded academic program that includes regular tuition in five core areas. The curriculum takes a generalist approach to the arts. Throughout the year elementary scholars engage in dance, music, theatre, and visual art, while also receiving instruction in physical education and math lab.

Reading

Writing

Math

Science

Social Studies

A girl practices in the dance studio

Middle School (Grades 5 – 8)

The middle school is designed to ensure that students receive the support and preparation they need to transition toward greater independence.

Grade 5

Students are taught in a self‐contained class with a single teacher.

Grade 6

Students receive instruction from a Humanities teacher for English and Social Studies, and a Sciences teacher for Math and Science.

In the Arts, students are welcomed to reflect on their interests and to begin to direct their own education. Each trimester they are given the opportunity to narrow their arts focus and enhance their aptitude in a particular discipline.

Grades 7 & 8

Each of the core subjects – English, Math, Science, and Social Studies – is taught by a separate teacher, as students prepare to make the transition into high school.

Students crouch in a row on the floor of the dance studio

High School (Grades 9 – 12)

The high school includes Grades 9 through 12. The 2018/19 senior class will be the first class of graduates at CCSA. Scholars in the high school are required to take four years of the core subjects.

English

Math

Science

Social Studies

‘Majoring’ in the Arts

Each year, in addition to their core subjects, high school students select two arts disciplines as majors, or areas of intense focus. They may choose theatre, dance, visual art, digital art, vocal music, or instrumental music.

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Electives

Elective options include Geography, Multicultural Studies, Personal Finance, Social Issues, Tourism and Travel, Environmental Sciences, Careers in Science, Engineering and Technology, and the Health Sciences Elective Program.

Students may also participate in a number of school clubs and extracurricular programs.

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Post‐Secondary Planning

Particular attention is given to ensuring not just that all high school students graduate, but that they are prepared to succeed in their aspirations. To this end, CCSA has developed a post‐secondary planning program to provide students with the resources needed to establish life goals and to identify the road ahead of them. Scholars develop a clear action plan for how to accomplish their personal vision, which may begin with college, technical school, military service, or gainful employment.

Chester Charter School for the Arts

1500 Highland Avenue, Chester PA 19013

The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts supports the Chester Charter School for the Arts.

Our vision is not only to provide opportunities to the children who attend our school but also to enrich public education within Chester through shared knowledge, ideas, and resources for the benefit of all Chester's children.

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