About Us

The Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program has been in existence for over forty years. CSSP was created in 1968 by local residents who wanted to share Chappaqua’s excellent schools, local resources and beautiful surroundings with high achieving, low-income students from the city. In addition, the founders believed that building friendships between families in the city and the suburbs was advantageous to all involved.

Every summer since 1968, CSSP has invited about 20 college-bound high school students from the city to Chappaqua to be part of our community, attend summer classes at Horace Greeley High School and experience life in the suburbs. The program’s overall goal is to prepare participants for the rigors of college, while broadening their horizons and inspiring them with the possibilities of a bright future ahead.

CSSP is a three-year program; students commit to attend the summers after ninth, tenth and eleventh grades. Students live with local families during the week and return home to the city on the weekends. Students attend classes in the mornings and participate in a range of recreational and cultural activities in the afternoon, including weekly tennis and swimming lessons.

CSSP was a six-week program until 2007 when Horace Greeley High School closed its summer school. The CSSP Board of Directors saw this an opportunity to create its own curriculum and hire its own teachers. Because of this big undertaking the Board shortened the program to four weeks, the month of July. Our classes continue to be housed at Horace Greeley High School and CSSP is grateful to the Chappaqua Central School District Board of Education’s continued support.

CSSP’s 2008 inaugural four-week program was a huge success. Our students took four classes including Contemporary Issues, Environmental Science, Shakespeare and Digital Storytelling. CSSP is proud of its partnerships with the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison, NY.

Our Students

CSSP students have attended many wonderful schools including: University of Virginia, Brown University, Boston College, Babson College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Princeton, Syracuse, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, CUNY Macaulay Honors Program, MIT, Hamilton, Duke, University of Vermont, University of Massachusetts, SUNY, Barnard, Hunter College, Middlebury College, Connecticut College, and the NYS Maritime Academy.

Our students have become engineers, lawyers, technology consultants, teachers, physician’s assistants, university administrators and entrepreneurs. They are volunteers in their communities and we are proud that three CSSP alumni are currently on our Board of Directors.

CSSP is a non-profit organization, financially supported solely by contributions from the community. The Board members, host families and those who help out in various other ways all do so on a volunteer basis and we would like to thank each and every one of them for their efforts and support over the years.

CSSP 2008 Updates

As you may have heard, the Board of Education has decided to close the Summer School at HGHS. This was not altogether a surprise to us as the Summer School has been shrinking over the past few years with fewer students and fewer course offerings.

This letter is to let you know that CSSP is alive and well. We are currently in the process of developing our own summer curriculum which we believe will have more value to our students as we will be able to hire the teachers ourselves and work with them to craft new and exciting courses. The Board of Ed is graciously allowing us to continue to use HGHS during the summer and Superintendent David Fleishman is working with us to create the new educational program and identify top- notch teachers.

So as CSSP enters its 40th (!) year the Board of Directors is very enthusiastic about the new direction we are now undertaking. However, there will be one major change this coming summer as the program will run for four weeks rather than the traditional six weeks. Students will arrive in Chappaqua on Sunday evening July 6th, and the last day of class will be Friday August 1st. Thus, there will be only two housing sessions. Classroom hours will remain roughly the same as in the past.

We do not want to leak any secrets yet, but we will keep you posted on our plans and expect you will be as excited as we are with the changes that are being made to our program.

We are deeply appreciative of your support.
The CSSP Program

There are several aspects of our program that make us unique. These include the homestay, our academic program and activities.

Board Members

Our Board Members devote their time and energy to continuing the success of the program.

Quotes about CSSP!

Read what CSSP has meant to our former students, host parents and board members.