Explore the unique opportunities at Shady Side Academy and learn how we prepare students for success in college and beyond.


How will you prepare your child for success?

We understand that choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a parent. Shady Side Academy offers a rigorous curriculum, expert faculty and exceptional arts and athletics opportunities on four beautiful campuses, which underscore the learning experience. Our balanced, holistic approach to education stands out among the top Pittsburgh private schools. We encourage you to explore more about how we can prepare your child for success in whatever field he or she may pursue. Because “how” matters.

Our admissions team looks forward to meeting and working with your family! 

Why SSA?

Get Started

Let's get started on this journey! There are a number of ways to begin, but it all starts with a conversation. Complete the inquiry form using the button below or email us at admissions@
. We offer several types of virtual and on-campus visit programs to help your family explore Shady Side Academy.




Affording SSA

For most families, an independent school education is a significant investment that requires careful financial planning.

Shady Side is committed to enrolling a culturally and socioeconomically diverse student body, as we believe this diversity enriches the educational experience for our students. We strive to see that no talented and motivated student is denied the opportunities afforded by an SSA education simply because of cost.

We offer a number of financial assistance options, including need-based financial aid and merit-based grants and scholarships. Learn more.


       (Note: All videos were filmed pre-COVID-19.)

A Day in the Life of the Senior School

A Day in the Life of the Middle School

A Day in the Life of Country Day School

A Day in the Life of the Junior School