The Senior School sits on 130 acres in suburban Fox Chapel and enrolls 460 day and boarding students in grades 9-12.

Senior School

SS StudentsWelcome to the Shady Side Academy Senior School, which serves a coed population of approximately 460 high school students in grades 9-12, both day and boarding. Our 130-acre campus is located in the Fox Chapel suburb of Pittsburgh.

Browse through our college preparatory curriculum to read about our numerous academic, arts and athletic offerings. Read the Student Voices Blog to hear firsthand what its like to be a student at SSA. Learn about our Parkin Fellows and get inspired to serve others and travel the world. While these pictures and stories will give you an excellent sense of our school, nothing compares to experiencing it firsthand. Our students say “thank you” as they leave their classrooms, hold doors open for each other and greet each other crossing the quad to assembly.

The mutual respect teachers and students have for each other is exemplified in our culture. We believe students have a voice and deserve the opportunity to lead alongside their teachers. Here, students serve as voting members of our academic, admissions and discipline committees, and as team captains and student council officers, to name just a few leadership opportunities. Faculty advisors meet weekly with their small group of advisees, and you’ll see teachers and students walking around the quad, having lunch, or vigorously extending classroom discussion. We are a close-knit community, grounded in our five Guiding Principles of honesty, kindness, responsibility, respect and safety.

Our teachers facilitate rigorous discussions and inquiry-based learning in classrooms, coach winning athletic teams, and train future actors and artists. Students learn while doing and collaborate with peers and faculty members on a daily basis.

Approximately 15 percent of our students participate in our boarding program five or seven days a week. Whether playing Tuesday night football, studying together or hanging out in dorms, our residential community helps students to prepare for the independence of college.


Mrs. Sophie Lau
Head of the Senior School

A Day in the Life of the Senior School

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