Shady Side understands the value of athletics extends far beyond the playing field. We view athletics as an integral part of the educational experience for all students, because it teaches students how to persevere, how to work together, how to overcome adversity, how to win and lose with grace, how to make healthy choices – lessons that students can apply in every aspect of their lives. Because “how” matters.
Senior and Middle School students participate in both physical education and athletics as part of the curriculum. The Senior School fields 27 highly competitive varsity/prep teams in 16 sports for boys and girls, and boasts a rich championship history. Junior varsity and Middle School teams emphasize skill development and participation.
Country Day and Junior School students have regular PE classes, and after-school offerings include athletic lessons, a Girls on the Run program, a coed cross country team, and boys' and girls' fifth grade basketball teams.
Shady Side students benefit from some of the region’s finest on-campus athletic facilities, including a turf stadium with lights, hockey rink, swimming pool, gymnasiums, grass fields, tennis and squash courts.
Each year, a number of Shady Side Academy graduates go on to play college athletics.
Visit the SSA Sports YouTube Channel for video livestreams of SSA home games in Farrell Stadium, Mellon Gymnasium and McKnight Hockey Center.