We believe that curiosity and the desire to learn is a defined characteristic of all human beings and that learning needs to be nurtured, supported, and guided toward independent thinking and self-motivation.
Our educators empower our students through a comprehensive program encompassing active learning and attention to the individual. The schools we manage have active programs to aggressively encourage and foster parent involvement.
To reverse negative educational outcomes in underserved communities by providing a safe, secure learning environment with state of the art equipment, facilities, management, academic curricula and first class educators.
To establish a culture of high expectations thus instilling in students the self-confidence and determination to take advantage of their innate curiosity and desire to learn.
To apply fundamental business principles and expert managers to perform school management functions thus freeing teachers and administrators to focus exclusively on academics and professional development.
To deliver proven academic programs that focus on active learning and attention to the individual.
To provide a pathway to personal success by encouraging and aggressively supporting ascension to high-performing and advanced secondary schools and colleges.
As a result of CSMI’s trailblazing approach, Chester Community Charter School has become one of Pennsylvania’s great educational success stories. The school began with 97 students in 1998 and has steadily increased to roughly 4,500 students on four campuses with newly constructed, state-of-the-art buildings. The school is a true community success story that has transformed the lives of thousands of students and their families.
The school’s success is particularly inspiring because of the circumstances in which it was established. Chester was once a vibrant middle-class community. When the big manufacturing plants left, taking with them thousands of jobs, the community went on a downhill trajectory. Chester became a community besieged by poverty, violent crime, and drug use. The population declined, as did home values and median income. Likewise, the Chester-Upland School District began experiencing significant declines in educational outcomes for its students. The effects were devastating: approximately half of all eighth grade students were not graduating from high school.
In this setting, CSMI partnered with Chester Community Charter School (CCCS) to establish a safe and secure learning environment, thus breathing life back into the community and giving hope to its children. By undertaking the management functions on behalf of and under the ultimate oversight of the school’s Board of Trustees, CSMI enabled CCCS to create a “private public school” culture: in which its campuses, facilities, and first-class, certified teaching staff surpass those of the standard charter school. The school boasts a 10-to-1, adult-to-child ratio; advanced academic programs, which include partnerships with many of the region’s best colleges and universities; uniform attire/dress; extracurricular activities; intra-scholastic sports; and state-of-the-art equipment and computer labs.
The success of CSMI’s approach is manifested in student outcomes. More than 200 qualified students have attended, and received scholarships for, some of the area’s most academically rigorous and prestigious high schools, including: Episcopal Academy; Ursuline Academy; Tatnall School; Wilmington Friends School; Neumann & Goretti; St, Marks High School; St. Joseph’s Preparatory School; Cardinal O’Hara High School; Milton Hershey School; Hallahan Catholic Girls High School; and The School of Science and Discovery, Chester, PA; New Beginnings Academy Concord Christian Academy; Delaware Valley High School; Charter High School for Art & Design; World Communications Charter School.