Newly Enrolled Families

Welcome to Shady Side Academy! We are excited to help you begin planning for the fall and look forward to working with you and your child for years to come.

Junior School

Welcome to the Junior School!

Maggie MarquetteThe entire faculty joins me in welcoming you to the Junior School. We look forward to partnering with you in making your child’s years here at Shady Side Academy memorable ones. Please read and review the information below, as it is important for the start of school. Feel free to contact me should you need clarifications on any of the procedures noted below at 412-473-4402 or mmarquette@shadysideacademy.org.

Maggie Marquette, Junior School Director of Admission


Important Dates

Wednesday, May 24
TADS Online Student Account Information Sent

Early July
Parent Portal Login Information Mailed

Tuesday, Aug. 1
Family Information Update Due

Sunday, Aug. 20, 2-3:30 p.m. PK/KG Ice Cream Social at the Junior School

Monday, Aug. 28, 9:30 a.m. PK-Grade 5 New Student Orientation - all PK & KG students must attend

Monday, Aug. 28, 9:30 a.m. New Parent Orientation

Tuesday, Aug. 29
Academy Opening Day, Noon Dismissal for PK & KG

Wednesday, Aug. 30
First Full Day for PK & KG

Monday, Sept. 4
ACADEMY CLOSED, Labor Day

Thursday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m. Parents’ Night

Thursday, Sept. 14
NO CLASSES, Hopes & Dreams Conference

Thursday, Sept. 21
ACADEMY CLOSED, Rosh Hashanah

Important Documents

Summer Reading & Math Packets

Please download the packet that corresponds to your child's 2017-2018 grade.

First Grade
Summer Reading
Math Packet

Second Grade
Summer Reading
Math Packet and Answers

Third Grade
Summer Reading
Math Packet and Answers

Fourth Grade
Summer Reading
Math Packet and Answers

Fifth Grade
Summer Reading
Math Packet and Answers

Online Accounts & Billing

SSA Website
The SSA website has private sections for parents and students accessible only by login. Parents will receive their login credentials via mail in early July.

TADS
Student billing is handled online through TADS, giving you access to your student account 24/7 on TADS’ secure website. New families will receive an email from the Business Office by the end of May with instructions to set up an account. TADS billing includes:

  • Tuition
  • Books and supplies
  • Activity fees
  • Parents' Association dues and event fees
  • Overdue fees

MyPaymentsPlus
Meals are purchased using MyPaymentsPlus, which has an online portal and iOS app. New families will receive a letter from the Business Office in August with instructions to set up an account for each student enrolled at SSA.

Camp Brain
Camp Brain is the online registration program used by SSA summer and auxiliary programs. Parents can set up an account if and when they register for these optional programs.

Transportation Services

Transportation services to SSA take two forms:

  1. publicly funded school district buses
  2. privately contracted by the school

These services make it possible for SSA families to be served from diverse locations in Allegheny, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Transportation Services

Family Information Update Forms

Athletic and Medical Forms (Due Aug. 1)

  • Download and print one packet per child enrolled at the Junior School.
  • These forms are mandatory unless otherwise noted in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Some forms must be completed by a physician.
  • IMPORTANT: Physical and health history forms are REQUIRED for students to participate in school. Students missing these forms will not be permitted to begin classes in the fall.

Online Profile Form (Due Aug. 1)

Parent Volunteer Forms

REQUIRED FOR PARENT VOLUNTEERS ONLY

Due: Prior to volunteering at school functions

PA law requires adults to complete paperwork to volunteer at any school functions. There are two types of volunteers:

  1. Limited contact volunteer (parents helping at events with faculty present)
  2. Substantial contact volunteer (parents alone with students with NO faculty present)

Please complete the appropriate form prior to volunteering and submit to:

  • Country Day School: Brenda Hafner, front desk
  • Junior School: Megan Vrcic, front desk
  • Middle School: Kristan Fisher, front desk
  • Senior School: Donna Ponzi (scan and email forms)

Country Day School

Welcome to the Country Day School!

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I welcome you to SSA Country Day School! We look forward to joining you as your children begin an educational journey of academic achievement, unparallelled experiences in the arts and sciences, and creating memories and friendships that last a lifetime. In order to begin that journey together, we ask that you review the information below to prepare for the school year. Please contact me at 412-963-8644 or ssmith@shadysideacademy.org with any questions.

Sharon Smith
Head of School


Important Dates

May 24
TADS Online Student Account Information Sent

Early July
Parent Portal Login Information Mailed

Aug. 1
Family Information Update Due

Sunday, Aug. 27
Back to School Picnic

Monday, Aug. 28
New Parents' Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 29
Academy Opening Day
JPK/SPK/KDG - noon dismissal

Tuesday, Aug. 29
JPK (9 a.m.) & SPK (11 a.m.) Popsicle Play Dates

Wednesday, Aug. 30
Kindergarten (noon), First and Second Grade (2 p.m.) Popsicle Play Dates

Thursday, Aug. 31, 2 p.m.
Third and Fourth Grade Popsicle Play Dates

Friday, Sept. 1, 2 p.m.

Fifth Grade Popsicle Play Date

Important Documents

Academy Calendar
Country Day School Calendar
Dress Code

Summer Reading & Math Packets

Online Accounts & Billing

SSA Website
The SSA website has private sections for parents and students accessible only by login. Parents will receive their login credentials via mail in early July.

TADS
Student billing is handled online through TADS, giving you access to your student account 24/7 on TADS’ secure website. New families will receive an email from the Business Office by the end of May with instructions to set up an account. TADS billing includes:

  • Tuition
  • Books and supplies
  • Activity fees
  • Parents' Association dues and event fees
  • Overdue fees

MyPaymentsPlus
Meals are purchased using MyPaymentsPlus, which has an online portal and iOS app. New families will receive a letter from the Business Office in August with instructions to set up an account for each student enrolled at SSA.

Camp Brain
Camp Brain is the online registration program used by SSA summer and auxiliary programs. Parents can set up an account if and when they register for these optional programs.

Transportation Services

Transportation services to SSA take two forms:

  1. publicly funded school district buses
  2. privately contracted by the school

These services make it possible for SSA families to be served from diverse locations in Allegheny, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Transportation Services

Family Information Update Forms

Athletic and Medical Forms (Due Aug. 1)

  • Download and print one packet per child enrolled at the Junior School.
  • These forms are mandatory unless otherwise noted in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Some forms must be completed by a physician.
  • IMPORTANT: Physical and health history forms are REQUIRED for students to participate in school. Students missing these forms will not be permitted to begin classes in the fall.

Online Profile Form (Due Aug. 1)

Parent Volunteer Forms

REQUIRED FOR PARENT VOLUNTEERS ONLY

Due: Prior to volunteering at school functions

PA law requires adults to complete paperwork to volunteer at any school functions. There are two types of volunteers:

  1. Limited contact volunteer (parents helping at events with faculty present)
  2. Substantial contact volunteer (parents alone with students with NO faculty present)

Please complete the appropriate form prior to volunteering and submit to:

  • Country Day School: Brenda Hafner, front desk
  • Junior School: Megan Vrcic, front desk
  • Middle School: Kristan Fisher, front desk
  • Senior School: Donna Ponzi (scan and email forms)

Middle School

Welcome to the Middle School!

Jeff Gross

The entire faculty joins me in welcoming you to the Middle School. We look forward to partnering with you in making your child’s years here at Shady Side Academy memorable ones. Please read and review the information below, as it is important for the start of school. Feel free to contact me should you need clarifications on any of the procedures at 412-968-3155 or jgross@shadysideacademy.org.

Jeff Gross, Middle School Director of Admission


Important Dates

Monday, May 15
Athletic & Activity Sign-up Opens

Wednesday, May 24
TADS Online Student Account Information Sent

Monday, June 12
Athletic & Activity, Language and Music Course Selections Due

Early July
Parent Portal Login Information Mailed

Tuesday, Aug. 1
Family Information Update Due

Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 7-8
Summer Prep Program

Monday, Aug. 21
Meeting for New Parents

Saturday, Aug. 26
Sixth Grade Ice Cream Social

Monday, Aug. 28
New Student Orientation (mailing with details sent in mid-August)

Tuesday, Aug. 29
Opening Day for All Students; School Picture Day

Important Documents

Athletic & Activity Selections

Questions: Betsy Gorse, Athletic Coordinator

Online Registration Form - due June 13

Athletic and Activity Letter - includes descriptions of all athletic and activity options.

Athletic Exemption Policy

Helpful Tidbits for Parents

Preseason Information (available in June)

Coach Contact Information (available in June)

Course Selection & Placement

Questions: Mr. John Curry, Assistant Head of School, 412-968-3154

Language
Language Selection Letter
Language Selection Online Form (new 7th & 8th grade students only) - Due June 12

Math
Math Placement Information for Newly Enrolled Sixth Grade Students

Music
Music Selection Letter
Music Selection Online Form - Due June 12

Online Accounts & Billing

SSA Website
The SSA website has private sections for parents and students accessible only by login. Parents will receive their login credentials via mail in early July.

TADS
Student billing is handled online through TADS, giving you access to your student account 24/7 on TADS’ secure website. New families will receive an email from the Business Office by the end of May with instructions to set up an account. TADS billing includes:

  • Tuition
  • Books and supplies
  • Activity fees
  • Parents' Association dues and event fees
  • Overdue fees

MyPaymentsPlus
Meals are purchased using MyPaymentsPlus, which has an online portal and iOS app. New families will receive a letter from the Business Office in August with instructions to set up an account for each student enrolled at SSA.

Camp Brain
Camp Brain is the online registration program used by SSA summer and auxiliary programs. Parents can set up an account if and when they register for these optional programs.

Summer Prep Program

The Summer Prep Program provides students with the tools for success by introducing Middle School systems, student responsibilities, time management strategies and effective learning habits. Students also will participate in classroom activities modeled after those provided during the school year.

Summer Prep will take place Aug. 7-8, 2017, at the Middle School. Registration information is coming soon.

Summer Packets

Summer Garden Volunteers

Volunteer to help take care of the Middle School garden in the summer.
Garden Volunteer Sign-Up Form

Final Transcript Release Form

Please download and send the Transcript Release Form to your child’s current school to request that a final transcript, complete with final grades for this year, be sent to SSA. These transcripts will become part of your child’s permanent record at the Middle School and are required to begin classes.

Family Information Update Forms

Athletic and Medical Forms - Due Aug. 1

  • Download and print one packet per child.
  • These forms are mandatory unless otherwise noted in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Some forms must be completed by a physician.
  • IMPORTANT: Physical and health history forms are REQUIRED for students to participate in school. Students missing these forms will not be permitted to begin classes in the fall.
  • Per PIAA rules, students in grades 6-12 will not be permitted to participate in athletic practices or competitions without completed and signed medical and PIAA forms dated after June 1, 2017.

Online Profile Form - Due Aug. 1

Parent Volunteer Forms

REQUIRED FOR PARENT VOLUNTEERS ONLY

Due: Prior to volunteering at school functions

PA law requires adults to complete paperwork to volunteer at any school functions. There are two types of volunteers:

  1. Limited contact volunteer (parents helping at events with faculty present)
  2. Substantial contact volunteer (parents alone with students with NO faculty present)

Please complete the appropriate form prior to volunteering and submit to:

  • Country Day School: Brenda Hafner, front desk
  • Junior School: Megan Vrcic, front desk
  • Middle School: Kristan Fisher, front desk
  • Senior School: Donna Ponzi (scan and email forms)

Transportation Services

Transportation services to SSA take two forms:

  1. publicly funded school district buses
  2. privately contracted by the school

These services make it possible for Shady Side families to be served from diverse locations in Allegheny, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Transportation Services
6 p.m. East End Bus Schedule

Senior School

Welcome to the Senior School!

Bob Grandizio

The entire faculty joins me in welcoming you to the Senior School. We look forward to partnering with you in making your child’s years here at Shady Side Academy memorable ones. Please read and review the information below, as it is important for the start of school. At this point, you and your child will be making a conscious shift from the admissions office to the Senior School administrative offices. You should direct any academic or scheduling questions to Elizabeth Rheinfrank, registar, at 412-968-3133. Of course, I urge you not to forget about us in the Admissions Office and always feel free to contact me any time at 412-968-3080 or rgrandizio@shadysideacademy.org.

Bob Grandizio '91, Senior School Director of Admission


Important Dates

Wednesday, May 24
TADS Online Student Account Information Sent

Early July
Parent Portal Login Information Mailed

Monday, July 3
Final Transcripts Due

Tuesday, Aug. 1
Online Bookstore Opens (free shipping through Aug. 21)

Tuesday, Aug. 1
Family Information Update Due

Monday, Aug. 14
Pre-Season Athletics Begin

Sunday, Aug. 27
New Boarders Move In

Sunday, Aug. 27
New Parents Night

Monday, Aug. 28
New Student Orientation (no busing)

Tuesday, Aug. 29
Academy Opening Day, Convocation (Formal Dress)

Important Documents

Academy Calendar

Senior School Opening Days Information
Answers many questions you may have about the start of school and student life at the Senior School.

Residential Life & Boarding

Course Requests

Senior School Textbooks

Order Your Textbooks

Senior School textbooks must be ordered online at the SSA Bookstore. The Bookstore will open on Tuesday, Aug. 1 and offer free shipping on orders over $99 through Aug. 21. Students are expected to have all of their Term I books on the first day of school.

  • Create a new account
  • Pay online

Bookstore Instructions
Accessing Student Course Lists

Online Accounts & Billing

SSA Website
The SSA website has private sections for parents and students accessible only by login. Parents will receive their login credentials via mail in early July.

TADS
Student billing is handled online through TADS, giving you access to your student account 24/7 on TADS’ secure website. New families will receive an email from the Business Office by the end of May with instructions to set up an account. TADS billing includes:

  • Tuition
  • Books and supplies
  • Activity fees
  • Parents' Association dues and event fees
  • Overdue fees

MyPaymentsPlus
Meals are purchased using MyPaymentsPlus, which has an online portal and iOS app. New families will receive a letter from the Business Office in August with instructions to set up an account for each student enrolled at SSA.

Camp Brain
Camp Brain is the online registration program used by SSA summer and auxiliary programs. Parents can set up an account if and when they register for these optional programs.

Summer Packets

Summer Reading Challenge

Senior School students are encouraged to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge and earn points for your CUP team!

ImPACT Testing

SSA will offer ImPACT concussion baseline testing the week of August 7-11, 2017, in the Hunt Hall computer lab. The ImPACT test is mandatory for incoming freshmen, juniors and new Senior School students prior to participation in athletics. Three 45-minute sessions are offered each day with 20 slots per session. Please sign your child up for a time slot prior to the start of school and fall preseason. The test is required to participate in any athletic practice or competition. For students not participating in fall athletics, there will be testing make-up days prior to the winter and spring seasons.

Register for ImPACT testing

Questions? Chris Rose, Head Athletic Trainer, crose@shadysideacademy.org

Preseason Athletics

Preseason begins Aug. 14, 2017, for all Senior School fall sports.

Cheerleading
Kayla Kolic
Letter from the Coach

Cross Country, Boys
Paul Ejzak '89
Letter from the Coach

Cross Country, Girls
Sue Whitney
Letter from the Coach

Field Hockey, Girls
Brooke Kerschbaumer ’91
Letter from the Coach

Football
Chuck DiNardo
Letter from the Coach

Golf, Boys
Mark Hessler, 412-527-7913
Letter from the Coach

Golf, Girls
Helene Gosse
Letter from the Coach

Soccer, Boys
Ed Ellsworth
Letter from the Coach

Soccer, Girls
Leah Powers
Letter from the Coach

Tennis, Girls
Jeff Miller
Letter from the Coach

Final Transcript Release

Due: July 3
Your child’s final transcript from his or her current school, complete with final grades for this year, should be sent to SSA by July 3.

Final Transcript Release Form

Family Information Update Forms

Athletic and Medical Forms - Due Aug. 1

  • Download and print one packet per child.
  • These forms are mandatory unless otherwise noted in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Some forms must be completed by a physician.
  • IMPORTANT: Physical and health history forms are REQUIRED for students to participate in school. Students missing these forms will not be permitted to begin classes in the fall.
  • Per PIAA rules, students in grades 6-12 will not be permitted to participate in athletic practices or competitions without completed and signed medical and PIAA forms dated after June 1, 2017.

Online Profile Form - Due Aug. 1

Parent Volunteer Forms

REQUIRED FOR PARENT VOLUNTEERS ONLY

Due: Prior to volunteering at school functions

PA law requires adults to complete paperwork to volunteer at any school functions. There are two types of volunteers:

  1. Limited contact volunteer (parents helping at events with faculty present)
  2. Substantial contact volunteer (parents alone with students with NO faculty present)

Please complete the appropriate form prior to volunteering and submit to:

  • Country Day School: Brenda Hafner, front desk
  • Junior School: Megan Vrcic, front desk
  • Middle School: Kristan Fisher, front desk
  • Senior School: Donna Ponzi (scan and email forms)

Transportation Services

Transportation services to SSA take two forms:

  1. publicly funded school district buses
  2. privately contracted by the school

These services make it possible for Shady Side families to be served from diverse locations in Allegheny, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Transportation Services
6 p.m. East End Bus Schedule

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