Schoolyard Project


Jump to  “Friends of AMY” for information on how to help fund our project. 


Schoolyard Redesign Project

In partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Water, The Trust for Public Land is working to increase the City’s open space resources and improve the quality of life for residents. The Trust for Public Land has been leading schoolyard renovation efforts at over fifteen schools and recreation spaces around the City and is excited to be working at AMY Northwest Middle School! AMY Northwest students are leading the design effort to transform their schoolyard into a beautiful, green, playful learning environment for the school and community.

The Design Team is comprised of students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade who demonstrated an interest in schoolyard design. Design students are learning how to see and think like designers as they explore the benefits of landscape architecture. The students took field trips to the Water Works Interpretive Center to better understand the urban water cycle and to the William Cramp Elementary School to see a completed schoolyard. Every design student is asked to think critically about the built environment and be challenged to design new improvements for the schoolyard at AMY Northwest. Students will also have STEM based learning opportunities as they integrate GIS mapping into their site analysis and concept design work.

Ultimately, the AMY Northwest students will design the schoolyard, which after a year of permitting and documentation by professionals will be constructed. Learn more about our student design process by visiting

Friends of AMY

Friends of AMY NW, Inc. is committed to quality education and an improved facility and school grounds at AMY Northwest Middle School.

Our main project is to improve the quality of our Schoolyard. We recognize the significance of AMY NW’s location between two important watersheds, the lower Schuylkill River and the Wissahickon Creek. The re-design of the AMY Northwest Schoolyard represents our commitment to protect these watersheds by incorporating best practices in urban stormwater management. The design includes an outdoor classroom, green walls, both rain and edible gardens and the addition of green space with buffer plants around the school perimeter. Implementing this project will improve educational opportunities for our students and the Roxborough community.

Please consider supporting our mission to grow great minds and to improve the school environment for our middle school students at AMY Northwest.

Friends of AMY NW, Inc. Board:

Jodan Floyd, Principal-

Theresa Lewis-King

Rebecca Haldeman-Newschaffer

Stephanie McKenna

Maxfield Arnosky