Because "How" Matters
“How” encompasses our entire educational philosophy: academic rigor, passionate faculty, individual attention, hands-on learning, exceptional arts and athletics programs, and more. With an innovative curriculum and talented teachers on four campuses, Shady Side Academy provides the opportunities and guidance for students to develop confidence, critical-thinking skills and an openness to collaboration.
Our graduates leave Shady Side ready to succeed at top colleges and in distinguished careers. And it’s all because of “how” – how they’ve built a foundation of knowledge and values; how they’ve confronted and overcome challenges; and how they’ve grown as scholars and leaders.
How will you prepare your child to succeed?
How We EQuip
Taught by faculty with advanced degrees, Senior School students explore science in the new McIlroy Center for Science and Innovation.Learn More
How We Write
Our Junior School students write, edit, illustrate and publish their own books, exercising their imagination and expressing their creativity.Learn More
How We Learn
Country Day School first graders work together to open their own restaurant for their parents.Learn More
How We Invest
As part of our Junior School’s financial literacy program, fourth graders practice wise money management through immersive classroom exercises.Learn More
"How" Influences Who They Will Become.
How We Connect
Our Middle School students write, perform and record rap songs, using their knowledge of historical events as material.Learn More
How We EXPLORE
Country Day School second graders complete an Earth Detective unit in science class each fall, exploring the forest to collect and examine natural objects.Learn More
How We Build
At our elementary schools, an innovative Singapore Math curriculum anchors learning in real-world, hands-on experiences.Learn More
How We SHINE
Our Country Day School students spend weeks preparing a musical drama for the annual holiday show each December.Learn More
"How" inspires Where They Will Go.
How We Challenge
Our exceptional faculty inspires students to pursue their passions – like Henry Friedlander ’18, who developed an app that helps students practice grammar.Learn More
How We Discover
Our sixth graders excavate 3-D printed “artifacts” from on-campus archaeology pits and learn how to analyze and contextualize their findings.Learn More
How We Design
In architecture class, our Senior School students draft original structures with computer-aided design (CAD) software.Learn More
How We SERVE
We celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by making it a day of service, not just a day “off” from school.Learn More
"How" Defines What They Will Do.
How We Nurture
Our Junior School pre-kindergarteners plant, harvest and cook herbs and vegetables from our campus farm.Learn More
How We CARE
The Guiding Principles of honesty, kindness, responsibility, respect and safety underpin everything we do at Shady Side.Learn More