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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A+
Address
423 Fox Chapel Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Telephone
(412) 968-3000

Applying

Application Deadline
December 17
Application Fee
$50
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
TOEFL, SSAT, ISEE

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$30,975
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)
$49,475
Received Financial Aid
30%
Average Financial Aid
$18,000
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.

Shady Side Academy Rankings

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

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1340
170 responses
Average ACT
31
85 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Assemblies
    32%
  • CUP Days
    21%
  • Homecoming
    18%
  • Advisory
    7%
  • Clipper
    7%
  • Sport events
    7%
  • I like CUP a lot
    4%

Boarding

Students Boarding
15%
Boarding Days Per Week
5-day, 7-day
Top Countries
Canada, China, India, United Arab Emirates, Viet Nam
International Boarding Students
5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,032
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.14 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.14 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.14 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
17:1
Poll
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
Poll
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
Poll
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.5 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.5 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.5 responses

Shady Side Academy Reviews

87 reviews
All Categories
My daughter transferred to Shady Side Academy in 10th grade and is now a senior. Truly, this was a great choice! She has grown tremendously academically and socially. The campus is gorgeous, and classroom, arts, and sports facilities are amazing. College counseling and support has been fantastic, and SSA has a record of placing students at top-tier universities. Both five and seven day boarding are available.
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I have three children that currently attend Shady Side Academy, each of which transitioned from O'Hara Elementary School to the SSA Middle School in 6th grade.

My experience with the school has been excellent. The quality of the faculty, staff, students, coaches and facilities are top notch. I am most impressed by the faculty advisor program. The advisor: advisee ratio is small, and the advisors connect with each of the students and help them navigate all aspects of the school. The advisors work with the faculty and pay attention to how each of the students is doing. In addition, the faculty members issue episodic interim reports to the advisor, parents and the student if the student is struggling or experiencing success. This early warning systems has proven successful for my children.

I also find the Shady Side community to be a very inclusive environment that engages all types of students, regardless of their background or interests.
Sending our son to Shady Side Academy has been the best decision we ever made! He is engaged every day in academics, clubs and athletics that are thought provoking and challenging. He has met students for the first time who like he, have a natural curiosity about the world and a desire to learn! The staff are true mentors, not just there to teach a lesson. The relationships that are formed between student and teacher are truly meaningful. We are so thankful for all that SSA does for our son!