The Junior School sits on seven acres in Point Breeze adjacent to Frick Park and enrolls 245 students in grades PK-5.

Junior School

JS Students and TeacherWelcome to Shady Side Academy Junior School in Point Breeze, which serves a co-ed population of approximately 245 elementary school students in pre-kindergarten (age 3-1/2) through grade 5. Our spacious seven-acre campus is located in Pittsburgh's East End.

Shady Side Academy’s Guiding Principles of honesty, kindness, respect, responsibility and safety are the foundation of our community. With these values as our road map, we are joined in a partnership based upon the individual educational journey of our children. We establish individual goals for our students, ensure that we know the whole child, and strive to help students feel safe taking healthy risks among their peers. Under our careful supervision and guidance, our students achieve these goals with great success.

The Junior School academic program is based on educational best practices rooted in child development research. We strive to create an environment where children are respected as individuals while also learning to be part of a team.

Our faculty is composed of loving and intentional adults who model learning each day. Inquiry is abundant in the “noisy classrooms” of our active learning environment. We support our students, challenge them to stretch themselves, find joy in the learning process, and strive to foster honest and regular communication with our parent body. Together, we work to help our youngest citizens live, learn and give in “The Shady Side Way."

It is a pleasure and privilege to work with so many who take pride in their roles as Shady Side students, families and employees. I look forward to sharing more of our school with you and invite you to see for yourself the unique and exciting educational journey that occurs within Shady Side Academy’s Junior School.


Mrs. Ellen McConnell Sanderson
Head of the Junior School

A Day in the Life of the Junior School

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