Welcome From the Director
Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you'll make as a parent. Families in the Pittsburgh area have a wealth of educational options. So why choose Shady Side Academy?
Families choose Shady Side because we help students to build a solid foundation of skills and knowledge while exploring interests in many arenas. There is an excitement and energy to the learning at Shady Side fueled by motivated students and dedicated faculty devoted to supporting their learning, ideas and personal growth. With small classes and a challenging academic program enriched by experience and innovative thought, we set students far ahead.
While their interests may vary, all SSA students fully explore the arts and athletics. We believe that balance, and investigating all sides of oneself is an important part of a child's educational journey. As our students grow, the opportunities increase, allowing them to pursue their passions and discover new ones. It also means that every student takes a unique journey through Shady Side.
The warmth and energy at Shady Side are unmistakable. Our students are bright and curious. They come from down the street and, with boarding at the Senior School, from across the globe. Our dedicated teachers are passionate and caring. They're also coaches, advisors and mentors who support and challenge our students every step of the way.
Whether it's our seven-acre Junior School campus in Point Breeze situated next to Frick Park, or our 35-acre Middle School and 130-acre Senior School campuses in Fox Chapel, SSA students have 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 our students' experience, offering more choices and independence at each level.
College and Beyond
Shady Side students are prepared to shine at top colleges and in a variety of careers. Upon graduation, they join a very connected network of 7,000 Shady Side alumni around the world in a vast range of professions. This network supports our graduates as they move beyond Shady Side, pursuing further educational and career opportunities.
Let's get started on this journey! We have an admissions team at each division dedicated to helping you navigate this exciting process. We look forward to meeting and working with your family!
Katie Mihm '83
Director of Enrollment Management