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One of the Most Energy Efficient Campuses in Princeton

Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart installed more than 700 solar panels that provide the campus with electricity from a renewable source. This green initiative helps reduce the school’s carbon footprint as well as emissions, and classifies Princeton Academy as one of the most energy efficient campuses in the Princeton area.

In 2013, Princeton Academy completed a $12 million renovation to the interior of its academic and administrative spaces, which included the digging and installation of 40 geothermal wells - providing its students with a more environmentally conscious learning environment. The geothermal installation was the cornerstone project of the renovation and built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.

Thirty of the school’s 50-acre campus consist of a meadow where several species of animals reside, and is mowed only twice a year to preserve their natural habitat. Princeton Academy also maintains a geodesic dome (greenhouse) that requires no manmade heating input. The McPherson Athletic and Convocation Center (MACC) was partially built into the ground to take advantage of passive geothermal heat transfer.

A Commitment to the Future of the Academy

With a long-term goal of net zero energy consumption, it takes a team effort to maintain diligence in this responsibility. Our students, faculty and staff are very aware of the part they play. To date we have saved nearly 40,000 plastic bottles because of the installation of water refill stations around campus. Students are very proud of this accomplishment. 

“Since its founding in 1999, Princeton Academy has been committed to environmentally sustainable design that reduces the school’s carbon footprint." - Head of School Rik Dugan

Princeton Academy's campus sits on 50 bucolic acres in the Princeton Ridge. Its sprawling campus is home to historic buildings, a cross country course, athletic fields and sacred spaces. Adjacent to the campus is 153 acres of preserved, old-growth forest. It is undeniably one of the most beautiful locations in Princeton, NJ and a wonderful place for boys to run and grow. 

Princeton Academy is ideally located for easy commuting to New York City and Philadelphia. The school welcomes families from various towns in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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