Shady Side Academy Senior School

423 Fox Chapel Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238-0152
     Tel: (412)968-3180
Grades: 9 - 12 | 493 students
Shady Side Academy is a nationally respected private school in Pittsburgh for boys and girls in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with an optional five-day 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 interactive viewbook at

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Grades Offered Grades 9 - 12
Year Founded 1883

Student Body

Total Students 493 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 25%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Shady Side Academy Senior School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 62 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 63%
Average Class Size 13 students
Number of AP Courses 6 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1905
Average ACT score 27
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 2
Yearly Tuition Cost $28,300
Tuition Notes 5-day boarding is available for students in grades 9 - 12. Boarding fee is $11225.
% on Financial Aid 17%
Average Financial Aid Grant $17,086
Acceptance Rate 78%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Bob Grandizio
Admissions Associate Vanessa Cannon


Total Sports Offered 18 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Field HockeyFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 31 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Academic Quiz Bowl, Black Student Union, Chess Club, Chinese Club, Christian Fellowship, Community Service Learning, Cultural Extravaganza, Cycling Club, Egerian - fiction magazine, Environmental Club, Flag Club, French Club, Gargoyle Society (Performing Arts), Gay-Straight Alliance, Gender Issues, German Club, History Society, Kords for Kids, Latin Club, Math Team, Mock Trial, Model UN, Personal Finance Club, Ping Pong Club, Robotics, SSA News, SSA THANKS, Science Outreach, Speech and Debate Club, Technical Theatre, Untucked Chess Club, Chinese Club, Cycling Club, Flag Club, French Club, Gender Issues, German Club, Kords for Kids, Latin Club, Math Team, Mock Trial, Model UN, Ping Pong Club, Robotics, SSA News, SSA THANKS, Untucked, Academic Quiz Bowl,
Black Student Union,
Christian Fellowship,
Community Service Learning,
Cultural Extravaganza,
Egerian - fiction magazine,
Environmental Club,
Gargoyle Society (Performing Arts),
Gay-Straight Alliance,
History Society,
Personal Finance Club,
Science Outreach,
Speech and Debate Club,
Technical Theatre,

School Notes:

The Senior School (grades 9 - 12) offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum driven by a traditional liberal arts philosophy, where students begin to make curricular choices as early as their freshman year.  A great range of opportunities exist for students to discover their talents and experience success.  The program is comprehensive and allows students to learn through a variety of experiences while working closely with peers and faculty members in the classroom, art studio, playing field and even the dining hall.  Every experience contributes to the learning and development of students.  100% of Shady Side Academy seniors matriculate to highly respected colleges and universities.

Profile last updated: 05/28/2014

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Redeemer Lutheran School (2.7 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Shady Side Academy Middle School (0.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Fox Chapel Country Day School (0.7 miles away)
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School Reviews

1 month ago
This school is easily one of the best in the region. If you are looking for somewhere for your child to go to school not only to get into a good college but to learn and thrive, Shady Side is your school. I am convinced that I learned more information and skills here than I would have at any other school in the Pittsburgh area. One thing that bothered me was that Shady Side only offered a few AP courses(Math, Computer, Spanish, French, Chinese). However, I was still able to take APs in Chemistry, Biology, and History as well as in Math and Spanish because of how well Shady Side prepares you, even if their courses aren''t labeled as "AP" courses.
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