School Profile

CHAD is a four year, tuition-free, public independent school:

  • 585 students — grades nine through twelve
  • Founded by American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia Chapter
  • Located a half-block from Independence Hall in historic Center City
  • Graduation requirements that exceed state standards
  • Academic, college-prep curriculum.  Passing grade is 70 compared to city-wide 65
  • Blocked course system to ensure optimal learning experience and college preparation
  • Cross-curricular, project-based program using the design process to teach creative problem-solving
  • Strong support from private sector: architects, designers, construction, developers,  and trades
  • Unique teach training partnership with the prestigious Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Two freshman courses in Foundational Observation Drawing
  • Freshman course in Design Technology
  • Four design courses each year in grades 10-12 including:
    Visual Communications
    Fashion Design/Textiles



  • Diverse staff + over 98% daily staff attendance
  • Caring, creative, motivated educators
  • Licensed architects on staff