Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony

CCSA: From K Through Life

A strong and permanent endowment is the foundation of financial stability for all large and important nonprofit schools.  That is why we are launching our new $10 million endowment campaign, CCSA: From K Through Life.


The new and impressive CCSA campus is a beacon of hope in the city of Chester. The campus is the result of a $7 million Capital Campaign and a $23 million bond offering.  To ensure that the impact of CCSA’s work lasts a lifetime, CCSA needs your help to create a NEW substantial permanent endowment.

CCSA boasts a student body of 695 children in grades K–12.

Both of our graduating classes achieved a 100% graduation rate: all 45 students in the class of 2019 and all 47 students in the class of 2020 proudly received their high school diplomas.  We anticipate that the entire class of 2021 will graduate in June.

All CCSA graduates are equipped with a post-high school plan of either a 2- or 4- year college, technical school, the military, or gainful employment.  Our graduates are prepared to succeed in life.

Class of 2020 Graduation Photo

Isaiah is a new graduate with a strong postsecondary plan. He began his studies at CCSA as a 1st grader.  Thanks to the focused curriculum and encouragement from his teachers, Isaiah is an accomplished artist and is well prepared to pursue more advanced studies.  Now, as the first member of his family to attend college, he is intent on a career in graphic design.  CCSA has positioned Isaiah to succeed in life.


Our rigorous arts-integrated curriculum uses the arts as teaching tools for language arts, math, history, and science.  We also offer performing arts classes in dance, music, studio art, and theater.

Our Literacy Intervention Program provides intensive one-on-one reading instruction for first-graders, resulting in significant reading proficiency gains by the end of first-grade.  Since 2012 our first-grade reading proficiency has risen from 25% to 77%.  Our programs prepare students to succeed in the classroom.

CCSA also offers a wide range of sports opportunities for its students, including a strong varsity basketball program.  In 2019, the girls’ varsity team placed 2nd in District 1 and qualified for the state championships, while the boys’ varsity team was crowned the District 1 Champion and qualified for the state championships.

Our exemplary attendance rate of 94.2% is the highest in the Chester Upland School District (CUSD).  Our annual retention rate is 98%.  These two figures are testament to the quality of the CCSA program and the desire by Chester families to be part of the CCSA family.  Over 600 children are on the waiting list for CCSA.


Leadership is our strength.  CCSA is governed by a Board of education, business, civic, philanthropic, and community leaders, including a parent representative.  The CCSA Foundation Board, the fundraising arm of the school, complements the School Board.

Akosua Watts, a seasoned and dynamic educator, has been the Head of School since 2013.  Under her leadership, CCSA has grown in size and depth, providing an outstanding environment for learning.


A strong and permanent endowment is the foundation of financial stability for all large and important nonprofit schools.  That is why we are launching our new $10 million endowment campaign, CCSA: From K Through Life.

As a public charter school, CCSA receives a per student reimbursement from its school district that is approximately 50% below the per-student amount in affluent districts. The CCSA Fund contribution to the school makes up a part of that difference, enabling CCSA to provide a superior education comparable to that of our wealthy neighbors.

With a permanent endowment, we can do better.

Saber Siblings Mentoring Program
Middle School Students


Our goal, a $10,000,000 permanent endowment, will ultimately provide $500,000 of annual income to supplement our CCSA Fund.

The endowment will be the bedrock of our financial sustainability.  It will ensure that 695 Chester children will always have the strong emotional and academic support that they deserve to succeed in life.

We appreciate individuals like you who believe in CCSA’s unique educational model.  Please consider making a gift to our endowment campaign, CCSA: From K Through Life.

Together, we will guarantee the school’s future. The children’s lives depend on it.

To learn how you can ensure the school's future through a gift to the CCSA: K Through Life Endowment Campaign, contact:

Chris Hanlon, Executive Director
Elementary Students Artroom




To date the CCSA: K Through Life Endowment Campaign has raised $4.3 million towards our $10 million goal.