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Shady Side Academy
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  • Private, Boarding
  • PITTSBURGH, PA

COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

Shady Side Academy is regularly monitoring public health guidance from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and the CDC and adjusting our admissions practices as needed. For the fall of 2021, Open Houses will be offered Saturday, Oct. 16, Nov. 13, and Dec. 11 (reservation needed). Virtual information sessions will be offered monthly. More details and campus videos can be found on our Visit page. Learn More

Report Card

grade A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A+
  2. Diversity
    grade A
  3. Teachers
    grade A+
  4. College Prep
    grade A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    grade A+
  6. Sports
    grade A+

About

Applying

Application Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
$50
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE, SSAT, TOEFL

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$32,975
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$55,485
Received Financial Aid
21%
Average Financial Aid
$21,375
From Shady Side Academy

Shady Side Academy is a nationally respected private school in Pittsburgh for boys and girls in grades PK-12, with optional 5- or 7-day boarding in high school. Four age-specific campuses with extraordinary resources, teachers who actively mentor, a forward-thinking curriculum, a diverse and inclusive community, and a legacy of alumni accomplishments all inspire students to high achievement in academics, arts, and athletics, and to meaningful ambitions in life.

With an approach that includes small class sizes, individual attention, and a rigorous curriculum, Shady Side understands that how we educate students equips them to thrive in college and in life. Because "how" widens perspectives, reveals hidden talents, cultivates character, and elevates expectations – at every level and for every child. Because "How" Matters.

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Shady Side Academy Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1340
245 responses
Average ACT
31
112 responses

Innovation at Shady Side Academy

The Glimcher Tech & Design Hub, a dynamic facility dedicated to innovation and creativity is the newest addition to the Senior School. It has two wings - Fabrication and Robotics, and Computer Science. Students bring their ideas to life and hone problem-solving skills using cutting-edge equipment including a Tormach CNC mill, a Forest Scientific CNC router, an Epilog laser cutter, and more.

Culture & Safety

Poll
79%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school. 14 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there. 14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 34 responses
  • Assemblies
    29%
  • CUP Days
    18%
  • Homecoming
    18%
  • Clipper
    9%
  • Advisory
    6%
  • Chorus concerts
    6%
  • Sport events
    6%

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Boarding

Students Boarding
15%
Boarding Days Per Week
5-day, 7-day
Top Countries
Canada, China, Hong Kong, Viet Nam
International Boarding Students
5%

Students

Diversity
grade A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,107
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive. 18 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy. 18 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic. 18 responses

Preschool

Annual Cost
$16,995
Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Starting Age
4 years
Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
7:1
Schedule Options
  • Offers Full Week
    Yes
  • Offers Part Week
    Yes
  • Offers Full Day
    Yes
  • Offers Part Day
    Yes

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
17:1
Poll
95%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons. 19 responses
Poll
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students. 19 responses
Poll
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom. 19 responses

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Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
grade A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in. 9 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need. 9 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations. 9 responses

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