Mission & Values


Shady Side Academy’s mission is to challenge students to think expansively, act ethically and lead responsibly.


Shady Side Academy is a vibrant learning community that values intellectual curiosity, personal integrity and diverse perspectives. Through a rigorous and balanced curriculum of academics, arts and athletics, our students are challenged to explore their passions and excel beyond expectations. Supported by active alumni and parents, our unique culture of faculty-student mentorship inspires students to become lifelong learners and engaged, thoughtful citizens of their communities.

Guiding Principles

Five principles serve as fundamental points of guidance for all adults and students living and working together in the Shady Side Academy community: Honesty, Kindness, Responsibility, Respect and Safety. These principles not only guide our daily activities and interactions, they point to the larger, more encompassing ideals and behaviors of integrity, thoughtfulness and compassion.

Community Norms

In 2020, a Community Collaboration Committee of student leaders developed the following Community Norms to promote civil discourse and the tolerance of different perspectives at SSA: