Shady Side Academy Junior School

Tel: (412)473-4400
Grades: PK - 5 | 238 students
Shady Side Academy's seven-acre Junior School campus, located in Point Breeze, begins at pre-kindergarten and goes up to the fifth grade. Grades K-5 are housed in the main building while PK students have their own dedicated facility, newly expanded and designed specifically to meet our youngest students' needs.
Shady Side Academy's seven-acre Junior School campus, located in Point Breeze, begins at pre-kindergarten and goes up to the fifth grade. Grades K-5 are housed in the main building while PK students have their own dedicated facility, newly expanded and designed specifically to meet our youngest students' needs.
The Junior School offers small class sizes and two sections per grade which allows for close student to teacher interaction.  The environment at Shady Side Academy Junior School allows teachers to differentiate instruction, meeting children where they are and taking them forward.
Classroom technology includes a computer lab, Idea Lab, iPads and SMART Boards in every classroom, and a 1-to-1 iPad program in 5th grade. A newly renovated suite of science labs includes early (K-2) and upper (3-5) elementary labs, ecosystem lab, idea lab, and robotics and maker space.
The arts are an important element of the Shady Side Academy Junior School experience. Students begin the instrumental program in second grade; Kodaly method and Orff approach are used for music instruction. Students perform for parents, grandparents and friends several times a year.
Interdisciplinary learning helps raise students' awareness of the meaningful connections that exist among the academic disciplines.  Each year in fourth grade, the Greek gods and goddesses come to life at the annual Fourth Grade Greek Museum, an interdisciplinary project that integrates literature, writing, history, costume design and public speaking.
Shady Side Academy uses the Math in Focus Singapore Math curriculum in grades K-7. This innovative approach to teaching math focuses on problem solving, deep understanding and the use of model drawing to drive the acquisition and application of mathematical skills. It covers the same content as traditional mathematics programs, but in a way that emphasizes understanding and flexible thinking.
All students at the Junior School are published writers through the Writing Workshop curriculum. Students work on collecting ideas in a writer?'s notebook, drafting stories, revising those stories, editing drafts and finally publishing a piece. With an hour of writing time every day, our young authors have a chance to write narrative, informational and opinion pieces throughout the year.
The school day runs from 8:15 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.  The After-School Explorers program runs until 6 p.m. daily and offers enrichment classes, private music lessons, study and play time.  Free before-school care is also offered, and students can be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m.
Junior School students at Shady Side Academy learn to use the library as both a resource and a study center.  Whether it is learning to conduct research, borrowing  and reading books, or working on projects using laptops, this space helps students to develop the skills to become independent learners.
Shady Side Academy's Guiding Principles of honesty, kindness, respect, responsibility and safety are the foundation of our community.  At the Junior School this is called living
Shady Side Academy is a nationally respected private school in Pittsburgh for boys and girls in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with an optional boarding experience in high school.
Three 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 Shady Side students to high achievement in academics, the arts and athletics, and to meaningful ambitions in life.  For more information, please enjoy our online admissions viewbook at

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 5
Year Founded 1883

Student Body

Total Students 238 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 28%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Shady Side Academy Junior School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 50%
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Singapore Math, Writing Workshop,
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Common Dress Code)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 4 / Jan. 22
Yearly Tuition Cost $12,750
Tuition Notes Pre-Kindergarten tuition is $12,750 for full day and $8,850 for half day. Kindergarten tuition is $15,850 and First Grade is $18,500. Tuition for grades 2 - 5 is $19,750.
% on Financial Aid 30%
Admissions Director Maggie Marquette
Admissions Associate Joyce Greece

School Notes:

At the Junior School (grades PK-5), students are offered a nurturing and strong academic program integrating broad themes to help children make meaningful connections between subject areas. Using this interdisciplinary approach enhances students' creativity and comprehension while developing a strong set of core skills to prepare them to excel in the years to come. Supportive faculty create a learning environment that fosters safe, challenging and joyful elementary classrooms.

Profile last updated: 08/18/2015

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The nearest high school is Western Pennsylvania School For The Deaf (1.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Kentucky Avenue Childrens Center (0.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Kentucky Avenue Childrens Center (0.1 miles away)
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