Academic Program

The Senior School's extensive academic curriculum is designed to help students collect, analyze and synthesize data; state and support arguments; and work effectively with groups of people. Knowing that every person learns differently, Shady Side Academy works to provide a unique learning environment for each student. Small classes enable teachers to know students as individual learners and help each one develop in a way that is personally beneficial and fitting.

From our rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum, each student gains the ability to think critically, creatively and individually. Students are encouraged to pursue their interests at the most challenging levels. Advanced courses are offered in all subject areas, and many electives and independent studies are open as additional alternatives for pursuing individual interests. A number of global and off-campus programs are available to extend a student's educational experience beyond the campus gates.

For complete curriculum information, including course descriptions and diploma requirements, download the 2024-2025 Senior School Course Catalog (PDF).