Shady Side Academy Junior School

     Tel: (412)473-4400
Grades: PK - 5 | 230 students
Shady Side Academy has three campuses.  The Junior School, located in Point Breeze, begins at pre-kindergarten and goes up to the fifth grade. On this seven acre campus, our youngest students reside in the newest facility built specifically for their needs.  This photo shows students tending their garden.
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Shady Side Academy has three campuses.  The Junior School, located in Point Breeze, begins at pre-kindergarten and goes up to the fifth grade. On this seven acre campus, our youngest students reside in the newest facility built specifically for their needs.  This photo shows students tending their garden.
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.
Computer lab, Idea Lab, iPads and SMART Boards in every classroom, and 1-to-1 iPad program in 5th grade.  Math in Focus Singapore Math curriculum in grades K-5.  Renovated suite of science labs including early (K-2) and upper (3-5) elementary labs, ecosystem lab, idea lab, and robotics and maker space.
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  books, or working on projects using laptops, this space helps students to develop the skills to become independent learners.
The arts are an important element of the Shady Side Academy Junior School experience.  Students being the instrumental program in second grade; Kodaly method and Orff approach are used for music  instruction.  The students perform for parents, grandparents and friends several times a year.
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 the Shady Side Way.  In 2014 a Wellness Program was introduced incorporating character education, study skills and mindfulness.  Regular community assemblies help to further build connectivity and introduce global themes of character education.
The school day runs from 8:15 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.  The After-School Explorers program runs until 6:00 pm daily and offers classes, study and play time for students.  A before-school program is also offered where students can be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m.
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 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 of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 5
Year Founded 1883

Student Body

Total Students 230 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 28%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Shady Side Academy Junior School Students 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: 07/28/2015

Nearby Schools:

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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