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Welcome to Shady Side Academy Senior School’s boarding program, where we work to cultivate trust, a sense of community and intellectual spirit.

Community develops from having a collective sense of purpose, and in Shady Side’s boarding program this purpose can be broadly defined as learning and having fun together. In building trust and intellectual spirit, we hold our students to high expectations, both in their academic and social development. An enthusiastic team of dorm parents and on-campus faculty members know the students well and develop strong relationships with the boarders. Along with actively supervising the boarders, the residential life faculty offers academic support in their discipline and a listening ear when needed.

Boarders at Shady Side may live with us for five or seven days. These options allow students the opportunity to do what works best for them and for their families. By being campus residents, students benefit from greater access to school resources: teachers, coaches, the art center, the gym, the rink, the theater and campus events. Boarders begin to assume more responsibility and independence in a well-supervised setting, which helps prepare them for a smooth transition from high school to college.

The city of Pittsburgh offers tremendous resources for all of our students, and boarders have the opportunity over the weekends to experience all that the city has to offer. A thriving arts community, beautiful rivers and parks, a legacy of strong sports teams, neighborhoods with distinct histories and personalities – all of these expand our community in ways that enrich boarders' lives.

We encourage families to consider boarding as an opportunity to enrich their child's high school experience and look forward to sharing more about what makes the Shady Side Academy residential experience special.

Watch our Day in the Life of a Boarder video:

Watch an aerial video tour of our Senior School campus:

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Student Voices Blog

Hear more about what it's really like to be a boarding student at SSA on our Student Voices Blog.

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