BUILDING BRIGHT FUTURES: THE CAMPAIGN FOR CCSA
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.
The Chester Fund seeks to raise at least $7 million towards the total cost of the new school campus.
Barbara Klock | CO-CHAIR
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
Susan Brake, MBA
Bruce M. Brown, MA
Don Delson, MBA/JD
Jim Emrich, MPH
James J. McEntee III, JD
Reb Speare, Esq.
Salem Shuchman | CO-CHAIR
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.”