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Welcome to the online home of Shady Side Academy Senior School, which serves a coed population of approximately 510 day and boarding high school students in grades 9-12. Our bucolic 130-acre campus is located in the Fox Chapel suburb of Pittsburgh, about 20 minutes from downtown.

Browse through our course catalog to read about the numerous academic, art and athletic offerings. Check out the Student Voices Blog to hear firsthand what its like to be a student at SSA. Visit the Parkin Fellows page and get inspired to serve others and travel the world. While the pictures you see and stories you read will give you an excellent sense of our school, nothing compares to experiencing it firsthand. Our students say “thank you” as they leave their classrooms, hold doors open for each other and greet each other crossing the quad to assembly.

The mutual respect teachers and students have for each other is exemplified in our culture. We believe students have a voice and deserve the opportunity to lead alongside their teachers. Here, students serve as full, voting members of the Academic Policy, Admissions and Discipline Committees, as well as team captains and student council officers, to name a few. Faculty advisors meet weekly with their small group of advisees, and you’ll see pairs and small groups of teachers and students walking around the quad, having lunch or vigorously extending classroom discussion. We are a close-knit community, one founded on and living out our five Guiding Principles of honesty, kindness, responsibility, respect and safety.

Our teachers, 63 percent of whom have advanced degrees, facilitate rigorous discussions and inquiry-based learning in classrooms, coach winning athletic teams, and train future actors and artists. Through our balanced program of academics, arts and athletics, students learn while doing and collaborate with peers and faculty members on a daily basis.

Approximately 12 percent of our students participate in our boarding program. Whether playing Tuesday night football, studying together during study hours or hanging out in faculty apartments after homework is done, our residential community allows students to safely prepare for the independence of college.

We invite you to watch our "Day in the Life of the Senior School" video to take a peek into the daily life of our school, or to view the aerial video tour of our campus below.


Mrs. Katharine Vavpetic
Head of the Senior School

Shady Side Academy Senior School
423 Fox Chapel Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412-968-3000 phone | 412-968-3002 fax

Video: A Day in the Life
of the Senior School

Student Voices Blog

What is it like to be a student at the Senior School? Follow our students throughout the year as they share their insights.

Read the Student Voices Blog

Campus Tour

Senior School News

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