Middle School Campus
The Middle School sits on 35 acres nestled in the woodlands and rolling hills of suburban Fox Chapel. Our main school building is a beautiful stone mansion with a newer addition that houses our Sixth Grade Wing and gymnasium. Our campus grounds include sprawling grassy hills, a gazebo and tables for holding classes outdoors, as well as two athletic fields and educational gardens. Several SSA faculty members, including the Middle School head, also live on campus. Learn more about our outdoor spaces below.
The campus includes a practice field and a regulation-size athletics field, which are used by the Middle School athletic teams for practices and games, including soccer and lacrosse. The two fields are also used by physical education classes and for special all-school activities, such as Field Day.
The Middle School campus includes eight raised garden beds as well as two garden sheds. Students plant and care for the garden during the school year, either as their spring athletic/activity option or as part of the fall Harvest Committee. Volunteers tend the garden in the summer. In 2014, the school won a $2,000 School Garden Grant from the Whole Kids Foundation to fund enhancements to the garden, including gutters for the sheds to enable the use of rain barrels and cold frames to keep the garden growing in the winter.
In 2015-2016, as part of a yearlong project, the seventh grade class planted a new native pollinator garden adjacent to the SSA Farm garden beds. The students researched and chose native perennials to attract pollinators to the garden such as butterflies and bees. They also constructed houses for blue birds, bats and mason bees, which were installed around campus.