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
Senior School students use college-level lab equipment to make observations with real-world applications.
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 Engineer
Equipped with only pencils and rubber bands, eighth graders compete to design and construct the strongest catapult.Learn More
How We EXPLORE
At our Country Day School, students find exciting learning opportunities throughout our 17 wooded acres.
How We EXCITE
Fourth graders bring mythological gods and goddesses to life in our Greek Museum project.
How We engage
In a social justice class, our Senior School students produce investigatory podcasts on local Pittsburgh issues, going out into the city to interview affected residents.
"How" Influences Who They Will Become.
How We debate
While playing the role of town officials, consultants and environmentalists, our Middle School students debate proposed energy initiatives in an environmental simulation.
How We Learn
At our Country Day School, senior pre-K teachers allow students to direct the learning experience according to their interests.
How We Design
In architecture class, our Senior School students draft original structures with computer-aided design (CAD) software.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 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 We GUIDE
Our three full-time college counselors possess the expertise and tools to ensure our students find their best-fit school.Learn More
"How" inspires Where They Will Go.
How We DRIVE
Advanced physics students independently design and build projects that interest them, like this "couch car."Learn More
How We innovate
The strength of our curriculum comes from the intentional way our exceptional teachers prepare students to achieve.
How We welcomE
We celebrate the diverse tapestry of families in our Junior School, which creates a welcoming community.
How We SHINE
Our Country Day School students spend weeks preparing a musical drama for the annual holiday show each December.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 We board
In a close-knit, family-like setting, boarders establish the independence, responsibility and self-discipline they’ll need to thrive in college.Learn More
"How" Defines What They Will Do.
How We CARE
The Guiding Principles of honesty, kindness, responsibility, respect and safety underpin everything we do at Shady Side.Learn More
How We Achieve
Like many of our athletic teams, the girls’ soccer program provides a testament to hard work and athletic achievement.Learn More
How We IMPACT
Shady Side alumni have accomplished remarkable feats – from authors of literary masterpieces to life-saving doctors to actors on stage and screen.Learn More