Shady Hill School

178 Coolidge Hill,
Cambridge, MA, 02138-0213
Tel: (617)520-5200
Grades: PK - 8 | 508 students
Shady Hill is a coeducational Pre-K through 8th Grade day school on 11 acres in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Our unique village-style campus is a collection of child-scaled buildings set around courtyards and greens with a web of connecting pathways, play spaces, athletic fields, and wildlife areas.
Originating in 1915 on the back porch of Harvard Professor Ernest Hocking and his wife, Agnes Hocking, the goal was for children to experience an education enriched by the same kind of open-mindedness, inquiry, intellectual rigor, and passion for learning that they valued in their own experiences.
Today, the school continues to strike a balance between innovation and tradition.
The curriculum is built around Central Subject—a year-long, in-depth study of a people, period of history, an idea or movement—and stresses the interrelationships of many disciplines and the use of original sources.
Each grade's Central Subject has been purposefully designed around the developmental stage of that particular age to captivate and challenge students.
Through exploration and discovery, rigorous and engaging activities, the mastery of skills, purposeful dialogue and meticulous guidance, our students develop into independent, critical thinkers and life-long learners.
Our beliefs in a diverse and inclusive community, cooperation and collaboration, self reflection, and individual responsibility help students grow into confident, ethical citizens of the school and the world beyond.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarians
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 8
Year Founded 1915

Student Body

Total Students 508 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 34%
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade Shady Hill School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 96 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 85%
Average Class Size 16 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Dec. 15 / Jan. 4
Tuition Notes stepped tuition ranges from $23,430 for Beginners to $33,140 for Grade 8.
% on Financial Aid 17%
Admissions Director Cassie Firenze
Admissions Associate Dana Zadorozny

Sports

Total Sports Offered 10 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Field HockeyIce Hockey,
LacrosseSoccer,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. chorus, jazz band, orchestra, wide range of afterschool clubs chorus, jazz band, orchestra, wide range of afterschool clubs,

School Notes:

  • In 2009, Shady Hill opened a new state-of-the-art Arts Complex and Gymnasium and added Mandarin to our World Languages Department.

  • Profile last updated: 10/30/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (0.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (0.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (0.1 miles away)
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