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Because "How" Matters

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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A Balanced Education

Shady Side Academy offers a rich balance of experiences in academics, arts and athletics. We believe that investigating all sides of oneself is an important part of a student's educational journey.

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Four Campuses,
One Academy

Across 189 acres and four beautiful campuses, Shady Side students have plenty of room to play, learn, create and compete. Each campus is designed to meet the needs of children at a particular life stage. The transition from one campus to the next broadens their experience, offering more choices and independence at each level.

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Two Ways to Board

Five- and seven-day boarding students benefit from greater access to Senior School resources: teachers, coaches, arts and athletic facilities, and campus events. They gain responsibility and independence in a safe, supervised community, which helps prepare them for a smooth transition to college life.

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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.

Signature Programs

Learn more about the unique and distinctive programs that set Shady Side Academy apart.

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SSA By The Numbers

  • Senior School
  • Junior School
  • Middle School

1,035 Students

PK-12 from 9 states and 9 countries

75% of Teachers

hold advanced degrees

3 College Counselors

help students find their best-fit colleges

7,000 Alumni

form the backbone of SSA's global network

189 Acres

across 4 beautiful campuses

40% of Graduates

complete an independent study or senior project

100% of Students

participate in visual & performing arts programs

61 League Titles

won by 17 athletic teams since 1993