Affording SSA

An education is the best investment you can make in your child's future.

Our families find great value in the Shady Side Academy experience. Our small class sizes, individual attention, passionate teachers, challenging curriculum and breadth of opportunities prepare students to shine brighter in all that they do.

For most families, an independent school education is a significant investment that requires careful financial planning. Shady Side Academy 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 a Shady Side Academy education simply because of cost.

Inclusive Tuition

Shady Side Academy is proud to offer Inclusive Tuition, which ensures all students benefit from the full SSA experience without the burden of unforeseen costs or hidden fees. Inclusive tuition rates include lunches, textbooks, academic activities and field trips, academic and athletic team travel and fees (excluding ice hockey), athletic team gear and booster fees, yearbooks and Parents' Association dues. (If applicable, after-school programs, international travel programs, transportation fees and select financial processing fees are not included.) View tuition rates and payment options below.

2022-2023 Tuition & Fees

Inclusive Tuition Rates by Grade  
Pre-Kindergarten $12,350-$17,600
Kindergarten $20,250
Grades 1-5 $24,850
Grades 6-8 $29,900
Grades 9-12, Day  $35,175
Grades 9-12, 5-Day Boarding  $53,675
Grades 9-12, 7-Day Boarding $56,675
International Student Fee $3,750
International Student Health Insurance Fee $1,880
Ice Hockey Fees  
Middle School approx. $300
Senior School $250-$1,650
Non-Refundable Registration Fee 10% of net tuition
New Students Only (applied toward tuition)      

Tuition Discount

Applicable only to families who are not already receiving other forms of financial assistance:

  • Payment in Full by July 1, 2022: 1.5% discount

Financial Assistance & Scholarships

Approximately 21 percent of SSA students receive need-based financial assistance.

Shady Side Academy offers a number of financial assistance options for families, including need-based financial aid where the Academy funds up to 90% of full tuition. In certain grades, merit scholarships are available.

Families seeking financial aid should pursue the financial assistance process concurrently with the admissions process. In order to receive financial assistance from SSA, students must be citizens of the United States or Canada. Financial aid applications are not reviewed for those applicants who do not complete the admissions process. Awards are not granted at the JPK level.

The financial aid application for the 2023-2024 school year will open November 1, 2022 and specific information regarding the process will be sent to families in late September.

For questions, please contact financialaid@shadysideacademy.org.

Shady Side Academy admits qualified applicants of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on these bases in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.