Equity & Inclusion

Student Diversity at SSA

An equitable education is an ethical education. 

Shady Side Academy is a diverse community of students and adults who share different cultural values and perspectives. We embrace each other's differences and backgrounds, and know that this diversity adds to the richness and depth of our students' overall learning experience. Faculty members work to ensure a safe and open environment where understanding is central to all, and students’ differences are celebrated as an integral part of the educational experience.

Our Commitment

  • Creating an inclusive environment where students feel welcomed, valued and appreciated
  • Fostering a community of diverse perspectives to better prepare our students for a global society.
  • Cultivating a community of cultural understanding, respect and social responsibility

Equity & Inclusion Action Plan

On July 15, 2020, Shady Side Academy announced its Equity & Inclusion Action Plan, which provides a framework to affect positive, systemic change at SSA. Read the full plan here.

34% Students of Color

compared to 15% in the Pittsburgh metro area



35+ Languages

spoken in the homes of SSA families


8 Countries

that SSA students call home

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources

Office of Equity and Inclusion

Lillian Grate
Chief Equity, Inclusion & Community Relations Officer
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The Office

  • Partners with Academy administration to inform and create equitable policies and practices
  • Collaborates and consults with school heads to build inclusive and equitable communities
  • Works with faculty to develop multicultural curricula that represent the diversity of our community and beyond
  • Offers education and support to parents, students, trustees and staff