Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Rings Opening Bell at NASDAQ to Announce
Venture Incubator for Students
NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17, 2013
School that has been recognized by NASDAQ Educational Foundation for
Entrepreneurial Curriculum Marks First Anniversary of the Center for
NEW YORK andPHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, the independent Pre-K–12 school in Northwest
Philadelphia, today rang the NASDAQ Opening Bell, which began the trading day
on The NASDAQ Stock Market to celebrate the first anniversary of its Center
for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL), and announce the launch of a Venture
Incubator where students will work alongside and under the guidance of
seasoned entrepreneurs. The school, which has been recognized for its work in
the entrepreneurial leadership space, announced in March that it had received
a grant from the NASDAQ Education Foundation for its innovative academic
programs. Dr. Priscilla Sands, SCH Academy President, and Richard A. Hayne,
Chairman, President, and CEO of Urban Outfitters, Inc. and SCH Academy Board
Chair, were on hand to ring the bell.
The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, which launched in September 2012,
complements SCH Academy's rigorous college preparatory curriculum, giving
students the skills and mindset to distinguish themselves in higher education
and beyond. The Pre-K–12 curriculum offers practical and real-life exposure to
accomplished social and business entrepreneurs, as well as civic and academic
The newly launched Venture Incubator will offer students of all ages the
opportunity to develop and build for-profit and non-profit organizations with
guidance from accomplished entrepreneurs. Students will also have the
opportunity to work alongside other entrepreneurs who have come to the Center
for Entrepreneurial Leadership for assistance from the SCH Academy team and
In her NASDAQ Opening Bell ceremony remarks, Dr. Sands announced the formation
of the Venture Incubator, stating, "Our students and their work are at their
best when they collaborate. The Venture Incubator will give them opportunities
and access at very young ages to test and challengetheir entrepreneurial
"The curriculum development and innovation of SCH Academy, driven by both Dr.
Sands and the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, are cutting-edge and
visionary. I'm pleased to be associated with this institution and look forward
to continued collaboration," said Hayne.
The 2012–2013 SCH Academy Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership saw:
oFifth, sixth, and seventh grade girls establish an international
micro-financing initiative to fund women's health issues in developing
countries using proceeds from eggs sold by students through their
oSeventh grade boys prototype, fund, design, fabricate, and sell iPhone
cover creations made with a laser cutter.
oSophomores and juniors research, plan, and fund their own international
service learning expeditions to Cambodia and Russia.
oFourth grade girls research and design an outdoor play space to be built
in 2013-2014, pitching and securing funding from McLean Contributionship.
oFirst grade girls received honorable mention from NASA in the NASA Space
About Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy is an independent school offering a rigorous
college preparatory program that goes beyond the expected to deliver an
unparalleled academic experience. The school's unique model is distinguished
by single-sex education for the lower grades (Pre-K through 8) followed by a
coed Upper School. In 2012, SCH Academy established the Center for
Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) to complement its core curriculum and give
students the skills and mindset to distinguish themselves as leaders,
breakthrough thinkers, and imaginative problem solvers. The school is situated
on a 62-acre campus in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia and serves
1,100 boys and girls from more than 90 zip codes and internationally. SCH
Academy is the product of the 2010 merger between Springside School and
Chestnut Hill Academy and combines nearly 300 years of academic excellence.
SOURCE Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
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