How will you build a strong foundation for your child?

How will you nurture his curiosity?

How will you ensure she embraces challenge?

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.

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How We Write

Our Junior School students write, edit, illustrate and publish their own books, exercising their imagination and expressing their creativity.

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How We Engineer

Equipped with only pencils and rubber bands, eighth graders compete to design and construct the strongest catapult.

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How We Learn

Country Day School first graders work together to open their own restaurant for their parents.

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How We Invest

As part of our Junior School’s financial literacy program, fourth graders practice wise money management through immersive classroom exercises.

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How We Achieve

Like many of our athletic teams, the girls’ soccer program provides a testament to hard work and athletic achievement.

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"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.

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Country Day School second graders complete an Earth Detective unit in science class each fall, exploring the forest to collect and examine natural objects.

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Advanced physics students independently design and build projects that interest them, like this "couch car."

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How We Build

At our elementary schools, an innovative Singapore Math curriculum anchors learning in real-world, hands-on experiences.

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Our Country Day School students spend weeks preparing a musical drama for the annual holiday show each December.

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Our three full-time college counselors possess the expertise and tools to ensure our students find their best-fit school.

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"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.

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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.

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How We Inspire

Using paper towels and dyed water, Country Day School pre-kindergarteners witness the magic of “walking water” and create an entire spectrum of secondary colors.

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How We Design

In architecture class, our Senior School students draft original structures with computer-aided design (CAD) software.

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We celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by making it a day of service, not just a day “off” from school.

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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.

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"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.

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The Guiding Principles of honesty, kindness, responsibility, respect and safety underpin everything we do at Shady Side.

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Shady Side alumni have accomplished remarkable feats – from authors of literary masterpieces to life-saving doctors to actors on stage and screen.

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