Shady Side Academy: Shine Brighter


Shady Side Academy is a nationally respected private school for boys and girls in grades PK-12, with an optional boarding experience in high school. Three age-specific campuses with extraordinary resources, teachers who actively mentor, a forward-thinking curriculum, a diverse and inclusive community, and a legacy of alumni accomplishments all inspire Shady Side students to high achievement in academics, the arts and athletics, and to meaningful ambitions in life.

To meet the needs of children at every life stage, Shady Side Academy is set on three unique campuses. The seven-acre Junior School (PK-5) is in Point Breeze, while the 35-acre Middle School (6-8) and 130-acre Senior School (9-12) are in Fox Chapel.

At Shady Side, there is a balanced approach to education with a commitment to students’ academic, physical and emotional development. Putting that approach into action is a caring faculty dedicated to fostering a true love of learning in students.

The academic program provides a challenging, yet nurturing, atmosphere that encourages inquiry, questioning, self-determination and creativity. Teachers urge students to think expansively, read deeply and stretch ideas broadly – helping them to develop into critical thinkers who can write analytically and speak confidently. Small class sizes encourage a strong sense of community. Technology is integrated throughout PK-12 classrooms, including a 1:1 iPad program in grades 5-8.

Shady Side’s passionate teachers set high expectations for students, pushing and challenging them to reach their full potential. They serve as coaches and advisors, building strong, authentic relationships with students that last a lifetime. Faculty members are leaders in their fields, and 63% hold advanced degrees.

Arts and athletics are an integral part of the curriculum. Music, visual and performing arts are intertwined into all levels of learning, and students are encouraged to explore an array of athletic options and find the sport or activity best for them. Extracurricular activities and clubs support students’ diverse interests.

The Academy’s Guiding Principles of honesty, kindness, responsibility, respect and safety form the foundation of a strong character education program.  Students are engaged in meaningful service learning projects in all grades to cultivate the value of giving back to the community. Both programs ensure that Shady Side graduates are not only outstanding scholars, but also good citizens.

Senior School students refine critical thinking, writing and analytical skills that distinguish them in the college search, while three full-time college counselors support them through the process. SSA enjoys a 100% college matriculation rate, and 58% of 2015 graduates attend schools ranked among the Top 50 universities and colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

The Senior School offers five- and seven-day boarding options. Boarders benefit from greater access to school resources and learn responsibility and independence in a supervised setting, which prepares them for a smooth transition to college.

With small classes, individual attention and a rigorous curriculum, Shady Side Academy prepares students to shine brighter in all that they do.

To learn more or schedule a personal tour, call 412-968-3180 or email Or visit SSA’s online admissions viewbook at