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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. Open houses will be offered on Saturdays or evenings, and virtual information sessions and video tours will be offered online. All admissions interviews will be conducted via Zoom. More details can be found on our Visit page. Learn More

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

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)
$53,495
Received Financial Aid
34%
Average Financial Aid
$18,235
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.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1340
219 responses
Average ACT
31
106 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
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 31 responses
  • Assemblies
    29%
  • CUP Days
    19%
  • Homecoming
    19%
  • Clipper
    10%
  • Advisory
    6%
  • Sport events
    6%
  • Chorus concerts
    3%

    Boarding

    Students Boarding
    18%
    Boarding Days Per Week
    5-day, 7-day
    Top Countries
    Canada, China, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, 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
    1,060
    75%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
    69%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
    81%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

    Preschool

    Annual Cost
    $16,500
    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
    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
    94%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.17 responses
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.17 responses
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.17 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    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.7 responses
    43%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses

    Shady Side Academy Reviews

    108 reviews
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    Our experience at Shady Side Academy has been outstanding. Our daughter came to the school as a Sophomore after our family moved to Pittsburgh, and her transition was seamless. The students, faculty and administration made her feel a part of the Shady Side community from our first visit. The culture at SSA is extremely welcoming and inclusive for both the student and their family—it’s truly a partnership.
    Academics at Shady Side are rigorous, but the support from teachers is unmatched. We feel confident that our daughter will be successful not only in college, but beyond, due in large part to her time at Shady Side Academy.
    If you’re even slightly considering Shady Side as an option, I encourage you to attend one of their Open House events. That was the first step we took, and I’m so grateful that we did!
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    Shady Side has been a fantastic school for our son. He was very happy in the Upper St. Clair school system but chose to attend SSA for the exceptional hockey experience combined with excellent academics. We have seen him grow and mature in so many ways. A naturally quiet kid, the small class size encouraged him to contribute more and integrate into class dynamics. His hockey experience has been phenomenal as well. We couldn't be more pleased with our decision to send him to SSA. Thank you SSA for providing such a great place to develop life skills, character, sports ability, and academic success!
    Shady Side Academy, while challenging, allows students to see the world around them through a more real lens. Students are exposed to opportunities to improve and expand upon themselves as well as meet fellow students from all around the world. Through its guiding principles—honesty, respect, kindness, responsibility, and safety—Shady Side Academy cultivates students to be ready for college and the future ahead of them. Shady Side Academy also offers both a seven-day and a five-day boarding program, which I'm a part of, and has a strong alumni network. Overall, besides some small flaws, Shady Side Academy is a good preparatory school.