Senior School ArtShady Side Academy offers a rich and varied arts program that celebrates an enduring commitment to all students. The arts program encourages all students to enrich their course of study through both required and elective courses in the visual and performing arts. The arts reinforce the tenets of the Academy Statement of Philosophy endorsing the balanced development of the students‘ analytical, artistic and physical abilities. Through a rigorous, broad, sequential curriculum in the arts, every student has the opportunity to explore and develop his or her unique and individual talents. Through production, performance, exhibition, critical and analytical response, as well as historical and cultural context, all SSA students are able to embrace the visual and performing arts in an intellectual and nurturing environment. A valuable foundational program encourages students to experience both the process and product of artistic endeavor, while safely experimenting with emotional awareness, analytical skills and abundant performance opportunities.

Performing Arts – Music


  • Concert Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Concert Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • String Orchestra


  • Electronic Sound Studio
  • Music Theory
  • Music Workshop
  • Acting
  • Guitar and Piano

Performing Arts – Theatre


  • Acting

Non-Credit Offerings:

  • Fall Play
  • Winter Musical*
  • Spring Original Works Theater Festival

* counts as a PE credit


Visual Arts

Introductory Courses:

  • Studio Art 2D Foundation
  • Studio Art 3D Foundation

Advanced Courses:

  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Digital Photography
  • Darkroom Lab Photography
  • Drawing
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Painting
  • Photography

In an effort to increase flexibility in student schedules, after-school art courses in art are also offered. A student may earn one art credit in a given term through simultaneous participation in an after-school art class and a PE class. After-school art classes include:

  • Studio Art 2D PM
  • Glass PM
  • Painting PM