Boarding FAQs

By now, you're probably curious about some of the details about our boarding program. This page provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about boarding at SSA, including dorm rooms, study hours, dining, activities and more. Scroll for more information or download the FAQs

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What Parents Say About Boarding

"It's impossible to know who my daughter would be now if she were not boarding, but I believe that her boost in confidence and improvement in academics is directly related to being a seven-day boarder. She has dozens of friends, role models and support people. She has learned to be responsible and has been encouraged to be empathetic and supportive of others."

What Students Say About Boarding

"I really do believe that my education at Shady Side would not have been as complete without my boarding experience. I became a more complete person as a boarder, and I gained valuable friendships that continue to grow today."