Chester Upland Academy

Chester Upland Academy operates as a specialized model designed to offer two separate programs at one school location in partnership with the Chester Upland School District.

Chester Upland Excel Academy is an accelerated program for students in grades 9 through 12 who have been identified by the school district as being over-age and under-credited. This program allows students the opportunity to graduate in 2.5 years or sooner and offers a smaller, more personal setting, intensely focused on elevating social skills, emotional wellness, and academic success.

Chester Upland Achieve Academy is a transitional school for students grades 7 through 12 who have experienced behavioral difficulties adapting to a traditional school environment. As these students have been referred from their home school, it is Chester Upland Achieve Academy’s mission to ensure that they return to their home school in a timely manner demonstrating marked improvement in behavior, attendance, and academics.

  • 232 W. 9th Street
    Chester, PA 19013

  • School District Served: Chester Upland School District
  • School Hours: 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Transit Routes SEPTA
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Chester Upland Excel Academy offers an accelerated high school experience for students looking for a smaller, more personal setting, intensely focused on elevating social skills, emotional wellness, and academic success.

Our school aims to succeed by developing meaningful relationships with each student to understand their individual needs, challenges, and strengths. From there, we provide care, support, and counseling to address the challenges students are faced with outside of school, helping them to develop coping and problem-solving skills and guiding them on how to identify and implement solutions to help them focus on learning. When students feel safe, secure, protected, and valued, they become empowered to take charge of their education and future and can begin to fulfill their learning potential.

Chester Upland Excel Academy offers a block schedule, where students can earn up to 5 credits per semester and 10 credits per year, allowing students to graduate in 2.5 years or less. There is no tuition or enrollment fee to attend. Prior to graduation, all students will create post-secondary goals, and a student service coordinator will track all graduates for six months after graduation to follow up on those goals.

To create a challenging, academically rigorous, and safe environment for all students, Chester Upland Excel Academy utilizes teacher led instruction, as well as Edmentum virtual courses. To complement the core subjects and curriculum, our program also offers a large selection of courses and programs that emphasize life skills and everyday situations, including:

College tours

  • Guest speaker and Armed Services seminars
  • Resume writing and job application assistance
  • Job lead education

Our Staff
At Chester Upland Academy, our staff is composed of a very diverse group of professionals. With much of the staff being from the same community they serve, our staff is very involved with the community through coaching sports, activism, and youth mentorship.

Admissions Process
Here you’ll find some important information regarding our admissions process. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Students are recommended by the Chester High School Guidance Department and Administration.

Chester Upland Achieve Academy is a transitional school for middle school and high school students (grades 7-12) who have experienced behavioral difficulties adapting to a traditional school environment and were referred by their home school. After sufficient time spent with Chester Upland Achieve Academy, these students will return to their home schools with marked improvement in behavior, attendance, and academics.

As a transitional school, Chester Upland Achieve Academy’s mission is to ensure that these students return to their home schools in a timely manner demonstrating marked improvement in behavior, attendance, and academics.

To create a challenging, academically rigorous, and safe environment for all students, we utilize the Chester Upland School District’s curriculum, as well as teacher led instructions and Edmentum virtual courses. Chester Upland Achieve Academy also provides our students with academic services, including:

  • College tours
  • Guest speaker and Armed Services seminars
  • Resume writing and job application assistance
  • Job lead education

Our Staff
At Chester Upland Academy, our staff is composed of a very diverse group of professionals. With much of the staff being from the same community they serve, our staff is very involved with the community through coaching sports, activism, and youth mentorship.

Admissions Process
Here you’ll find some important information regarding our admissions process. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Chester Upland Achieve Academy: Students go through a Chester Upland School Board hearing and are recommended to the program based on serious infractions of the Chester Upland School Policies.

Chester Upland Excel Academy: Students are recommended for the accelerated program by Chester High Guidance Department and Administration.