HOW WE Equip

Taught by faculty with advanced degrees – including several with Ph.D.s and college teaching experience – Senior School students explore science in our new McIlroy Center for Science and Innovation, which opened in 2018 and features 10 spacious lab/classrooms with college-level lab equipment; a special projects room for supervised independent research; and a Gold LEED-certified design with sustainability-centered architectural features.

Our innovative science curriculum allows students to gain hands-on experience in advanced classes using state-of-the-art equipment that few high schools offer, including a gas chromatography (GC) machine, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) machine, real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine, materials testing bench, fluorescent microscope, scanning electron microscope and gel documentation system. With that caliber of equipment, students are able to do more in-depth experimentation with more reliable results, and advanced students can engage in higher-level research.

Our graduates leave Shady Side feeling confident in their experience and prepared for the rigors of science courses at top colleges.

science students in lab McIlroy Center

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