Shady Side Academy offers a distinctive student experience that develops not only outstanding scholars, but also outstanding citizens. Through a well-coordinated character education program that is taught by both word and example, we foster the development of a strong moral compass in our students.

Our five Guiding Principles of honesty, kindness, responsibility, respect and safety form the foundation of our PK-12 character education program. It begins at the Junior School, where students learn how to live “The Shady Side Way” at school and at home. It continues at the Middle School, where the school motto "What You Do Matters" is reinforced through student-led committees, advisory meetings and assemblies. At the Senior School, regular conversations occur in weekly advisory meetings about how the Guiding Principles play out in our school and our community.

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