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Shine Brighter

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.

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A Balanced Education

Shady Side Academy offers a rich balance of experiences in academics, arts and athletics. We believe that investigating all sides of oneself is an important part of a student's educational journey.

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Three Campuses,
One Academy

Across 172 acres and three beautiful campuses, Shady Side students have plenty of room to play, learn, create and compete. Each campus is designed to meet the needs of children at a particular life stage. The transition from one campus to the next broadens their experience, offering more choices and independence at each level.

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Two Ways to Board

Boarding students benefit from greater access to Senior School resources: teachers, coaches, the art studio, the gym, the ice rink, the theater and campus events. They gain responsibility and independence in a safe, supervised community, which helps prepare them for a smooth transition to college life.

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Shady Side Academy is a nationally respected private school in Pittsburgh for boys and girls in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with an optional boarding experience in high school.

Signature Programs

Learn more about the unique and distinctive programs that set Shady Side Academy apart.

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SSA By The Numbers

  • Senior School
  • Junior School
  • Middle School

932 Students

PK-12 from 10 states and 5 countries

118 Faculty

64% hold advanced degrees

3 College Counselors

help students find their best-fit colleges

7,000 Alumni

form the backbone of SSA's global network

172 Acres

across 3 campuses, adding a 4th campus in 2017

37% of Graduates

complete an independent study or senior project

100% of Students

participate in visual & performing arts programs

60 League Titles

won by 16 athletic teams since 1993

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