Providing students with opportunities to experience their natural surroundings firsthand helps build confidence and independence, offers new perspectives on their classroom studies, and develops a greater appreciation and respect for nature.
SCH Academy’s Outdoor and Trip program builds and grows as our students grow. Our younger students spend time exploring the Wissahickon Valley—an amazing resource at the school’s backdoor. They go on hikes where they learn orienteering, search for owls, and do field studies of the creek’s habitat. As they grow older, they travel farther afield to places like Ringing Rocks and Hawk Mountain and enjoy overnight camping with a parent. Other trips include sailing on the Chesapeake, navigating ropes courses in the Poconos, and camping in Maryland.
Learning from and experiencing the outdoors continues into the middle years and is an important part of the Middle School for Girls experience. Each year we provide Middle School girls with the opportunity to travel beyond our campus and experience the world in new ways, helping to build class unity and providing new perspectives on classroom learning.
These experiences—close to home or further flung—allow the girls to bond, take risks, and grow in new ways. Our students tell us these trips engender some of their fondest memories of the middle years at SCH.