Shady Side Academy understands that how we educate students equips them to thrive in college and in life. Because “how” widens perspectives, reveals hidden talents, cultivates character and elevates expectations – at every level and for every child. Because “how” matters.
Across 189 acres and four campuses, SSA students have plenty of room to play, learn, create and compete. Each campus is designed to support how we educate children in each life stage. The transition from one campus to the next broadens their experience, offering more choices and independence at each level. Because "how" matters.
Five- and seven-day boarding students benefit from greater access to Senior School resources: teachers, coaches, arts and athletic facilities and campus events. Boarding teaches students how to be responsible, independent and prepared for a smooth transition to college. Because “how” matters.
Shady Side Academy is a nationally respected private school in Pittsburgh for boys and girls in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with an optional boarding experience in high school. Four schools with extraordinary resources, teachers who actively mentor, a forward-thinking curriculum, a diverse and inclusive community, and a legacy of alumni accomplishments all inspire Shady Side students to high achievement in academics, the arts and athletics, and to meaningful ambitions in life.
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SSA By The Numbers
- Senior School
- Junior School
- Middle School
PK-12 from 13 states and 8 countries
71% of Teachers
hold advanced degrees
3 College Counselors
help students find their best-fit colleges
form the backbone of SSA's global network
across 4 beautiful campuses
30% of Graduates
complete an independent study or senior project
100% of Students
participate in visual & performing arts programs
75 League Titles
won by 19 athletic teams since 1993