By weaving the visual and performing arts through all levels of learning, we support students’ self-expression, enhance their talents and inspire their creativity.


Students at Shady Side Academy in visual arts class.At a time when other schools are cutting arts programs, Shady Side Academy's commitment to the arts has never been stronger. Shady Side believes the arts can influence how students view the world and themselves. Because “how” matters.

Arts education builds valuable lifelong skills such as creativity, critical thinking, self-confidence, cultural understanding and an appreciation for diversity.

That's why the arts are an integral part of a Shady Side Academy education, alongside academics and athletics. Our balanced program intertwines the arts at all levels of learning, through classes and activity options in music, theatre and visual arts. Numerous concerts, performances and exhibits fill our school calendar each year.

MS MusicFaculty members are professional artists, musicians and performers in their own right. These talented individuals share their passion and experience with our students, encouraging them to develop their artistic interests and talents.

Our exceptional arts facilities provide dedicated, age-appropriate spaces on each campus for students to explore their creative side.

Many of our graduates go on to impressive careers in the arts. We count a Tony winner, two Grammy nominees and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee among our arts alumni.