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Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
"Springside Chestnut Hill Academy offers a rigorous college preparatory program blending both single-sex and coed experiences and grounded in our core values of innovation, collaboration, creativity, community, and joyful learning. With a focus on project-based, active learning, and interdisciplinary, collaborative discovery, we challenge our students to think and problem solve in powerful new ways. In the single-sex Lower and Middle schools, programs and spaces are uniquely tailored to the way boys and girls learn. Then, when they are ready for new and bigger challenges, our coed Upper School offers students a rich array of leadership opportunities and intellectual experiences to challenge and broaden them as they prepare for college and beyond. Located in Philadelphia and bordering the Wissahickon woods, SCH Academy has an enrollment of 1,102 boys and girls from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. Students come from over 80 different zip codes with 54% of the student body living in Philadelphia. SCH Academy is proud of its diverse student population with over 30% of students receiving financial aid."
"Springside Chestnut Hill Academy has a long tradition of both teaching our students about the environment around them and caring for that environment. Our past green efforts include a zero waste cafeteria effort with compost facilities, recycling throughout the school, both inside and out, and larger efforts such as stormwater catch basins under our fields and parking lots, two large solar panel arrays and a LEED-certified Gold building on our campus. Teaching our students about sustainability and caring for the environment starts with our youngest and continues through grade 12. By adding bird feeders to the Wissahickon, we are not only allowing our students a great educational opportunity to study and observe these animals, the feeders will also help the birds by providing them food in a natural habitat. This project will enable the bird population to continue living in these woods, keeping the balance intact. The students will have the opportunity to learn about habitats, food webs, ecosystems, and sustainability through this project. In addition to several feeders, we will purchase bird seed and a system to hang the feeders so the students themselves can refill the feeders when needed. The location of the bird blind is off a trail in the Wissahickon and will be able to be seen and used by those who hike the trails. A sign will alert those who pass by about the importance of both the bird blind and the feeding project."