With small classes, individual attention and a rigorous curriculum enriched by experience and innovative thought, Shady Side Academy sets students far ahead.
At Country Day School it is immediately evident that there is a lot of active learning going on. In every corner of the school, children are absorbed in developing skills that they will need as they maneuver not only through the grades, but also throughout their lives.
Young children at the Junior School gleefully participate in "noisy learning” – exploring pre-algebraic concepts, medieval Europe and the science of bridge-building through hands-on activities, and authoring their own books.
Depth of content continues at the Middle School, where students gain a strong foundation in literature and writing, have the opportunity for accelerated studies in math, and design and carry out their own experiments. Teachers also introduce a focus on self-discipline and study skills that prepares eager students for the abundance of opportunities at the Senior School.
At the Senior School, our students are succeeding where many college students struggle – managing their time, preparing for class, asking thoughtful questions, making sophisticated observations and relating concepts across areas of study.
Faculty at all levels encourage students to read deeply, think expansively and pull ideas broadly. The outcome? Fifth graders who are fluent in math and can explain subject-verb agreement in Spanish. Eighth graders who speak with confidence and take responsibility for their learning. Seniors who conduct research alongside teachers, write effectively in all subjects and are prepared to excel at top colleges.