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Affording Shady Side academy

Parents recognize the importance of a strong elementary and secondary education to prepare children for success in college and in life. Many families turn to the small classes, individual attention, outstanding teachers, emphasis on balance and breadth of programming, and the leadership and global opportunities offered by Shady Side Academy. 

Nonetheless, there is no question that an independent school education is costly. Shady Side is committed to making its education affordable to families from a wide economic range. Enrolling a talented and diverse student body - bright children with a variety of experiences and backgrounds - is essential to our mission to provide a balanced education. Through our policies and practices we strive to see that no talented and motivated student is denied the opportunities afforded by a Shady Side education simply because the cost of that education may be a challenge for the student's family.

While paying for education is first and foremost the responsibility of a family, we provide a number of different financial assistance options to support families and their desire to join our community. In turn, our school benefits by attracting gifted students that otherwise may not have been able to attend.

For more information on financial aid, tuition payment plans, alumni grants, merit scholarships and FAME, continue to explore this portion of the website.


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