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

Beginning in 2021-2022, Shady Side Academy is excited to offer inclusive tuition pricing. This approach enables students to enjoy the full experience that a Shady Side Academy education offers 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 and transportation fees are not included.) View tuition rates and payment options below.

2021-2022 Tuition & Fees

Inclusive Tuition Rates by Grade  
Pre-Kindergarten $11,925-$16,995
Kindergarten $19,550
Grades 1-5 $23,975
Grades 6-8 $28,845
Grades 9-12 $33,985
Boarding Fees  
5 Days (includes all meals) $18,500
7 Days (includes all meals & weekend activities) $21,500
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  
New Students Only (applied toward tuition)      10% of net tuition, due at time of enrollment

Tuition Discount

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

  • Payment in Full by July 1, 2021: 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.

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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.