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We recognize that traveling to Shady Side Academy is a commitment for many families. With three separate campuses, families often wonder how to coordinate transportation for their children. Shady Side students may use school district bus services, if available, or contracted bus services through SSA. Many students carpool to school and, at the Senior School, juniors and seniors may apply for parking permits with the Dean's Office.

Read more about our Transportation Services.

School District Bus Services

Students who live in school districts within 10 miles of each campus are eligible under Pennsylvania law for transportation at no cost. The school district follows the same guidelines for independent schools as it does for its own students. The school districts determine the bus stop locations and the bus schedule.

For the Junior School (grades K–5), the following districts offer bus transportation:

  • Allegheny Valley
  • Baldwin-Whitehall
  • East Allegheny
  • Gateway
  • Fox Chapel Area
  • Gateway
  • North Hills
  • Penn Hills
  • Penn Trafford
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Plum
  • Shaler Area
  • Woodland Hills

For the Middle School (grades 6–8) and Senior School (grades 9–12), the following districts offer morning and 4 p.m. bus transportation. The school district where you reside will be able to give families information about the morning stops and commute:

  • Allegheny Valley
  • Deer Lakes
  • Fox Chapel Area
  • Hampton
  • North Allegheny
  • North Hills
  • Penn Hills
  • Pine-Richland
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Plum
  • Riverview
  • Shaler
  • Woodland Hills

For Senior School students in athletics and activities, there is a 6 p.m. bus for students who live in the East End communities of Point Breeze, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside and Oakland. A 6 p.m. bus is also offered by the Fox Chapel Area School District.

Contracted Bus Services

Shady Side Academy contracts bus service from the following areas with ABC Transit.

  • Butler: Middle and Senior Schools, morning bus service only
  • Murrysville/Monroeville: Middle and Senior Schools, morning, after-school and a 6 p.m. athletics/activities bus service
  • Murrysville/Monroeville: Junior School, morning and after-school bus service depends on number of families (not available for 2015-2016)
  • North/Cranberry-Wexford: Middle and Senior Schools, morning, after-school and a 6 p.m. athletics/activities bus service. Stops in Hampton, North Allegheny, Pine-Richland.
  • South Hills: Middle and Senior Schools, morning, after-school and 6 p.m. athletics/activities bus service
For questions about the contracted bus service routes or costs, please contact the Admissions Office.

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