Transportation

We recognize that traveling to Shady Side Academy is a commitment for many families. With three separate campuses, families often wonder how to coordinate transportation for their children. Shady Side students may use their local school district buses, if available, or contracted bus services offered through SSA. Many students carpool to school and, at the Senior School, juniors and seniors may apply for parking permits through the Dean's Office.

Read more about our Transportation Services.

School District Bus Services

Students who live in a school district within 10 miles of the SSA campus they attend are eligible under Pennsylvania law for bus transportation at no cost. The school districts must follow the same guidelines for private schools as for their own students. The school districts determine bus stop locations and bus schedules. Please note PA school districts do not provide bus transportation for PK students. The following school districts offer bus services to SSA campuses:

Country Day School

For Country Day School (grades K-5), the following districts offer bus transportation:

  • Allegheny Valley
  • Deer Lakes
  • Fox Chapel Area
  • Hampton
  • North Allegheny
  • North Hills
  • Penn Hills
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Plum
  • Shaler Area
  • Woodland Hills

Junior School

For the Junior School (grades K–5), in Point Breeze, the following school districts offer bus transportation:

  • Allegheny Valley
  • Baldwin-Whitehall
  • East Allegheny
  • Fox Chapel Area
  • Gateway
  • McKeesport
  • North Hills
  • Penn Hills
  • Penn Trafford
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Plum
  • Shaler Area
  • Woodland Hills

Middle and Senior Schools

For the Middle School (grades 6–8) and Senior School (grades 9–12) in Fox Chapel, the following districts offer morning and 4 p.m. bus transportation:

  • Allegheny Valley
  • Deer Lakes
  • Fox Chapel Area
  • Hampton
  • North Allegheny
  • North Hills
  • Penn Hills
  • Pine-Richland
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Plum
  • Riverview (grades 7-12)
  • Shaler
  • Woodland Hills

Senior School 6pm Buses

For Senior School students in athletics and activities, there is a 6 p.m. bus for students who live in the East End communities of Point Breeze, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside and Oakland. A 6 p.m. bus is also offered by the Fox Chapel Area School District.

Contracted Bus Services

Shady Side Academy contracts bus service with ABC Transit for the following areas:

  • Butler/Treesdale: Country Day, Middle and Senior Schools, morning, after-school and 6 p.m. athletics/activities bus service
  • Murrysville/Monroeville: Country Day, Middle and Senior Schools, morning, after-school and 6 p.m. athletics/activities bus service
  • Murrysville/Monroeville: Junior School, morning, after-school may be available in 2017-18 if there is a need.
  • North Hills/Cranberry-Wexford areas: Country Day, Middle and Senior Schools, morning, after-school and 6 p.m. athletics/activities bus service. Stops in Hampton, North Allegheny, Pine-Richland (including Wexford)
  • South Hills: Country Day, Middle and Senior Schools, morning, after-school and 6 p.m. athletics/activities bus service
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