Shady Side Academy Senior School

423 Fox Chapel Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238-0152
     Tel: (412)968-3180
Grades: 9 - 12 | 490 students
Shady Side Academy Senior School resides on a 130 acres campus.  The main academic building, Rowe Hall, was recently renovated as a Gold LEED certified
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Shady Side Academy Senior School resides on a 130 acres campus.  The main academic building, Rowe Hall, was recently renovated as a Gold LEED certified
Small class sizes and strong student teacher relationships help each student to be his or her best both academically and personally.  Shady Side Academy faculty go beyond subject matter to serve as mentors to students, getting to know each child as an individual.  As one parent recently put it,
The Hillman Center for Performing Arts is the newest addition to the Senior School campus.  Students have the opportunity to participate in the fall drama, the winter musical, and the Original Theater Works Festival in the spring.   There are numerous musical performances each year including Chamber Choir, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble and the String Ensemble, among others.
The arts are an important part of the balanced curriculum at Shady Side Academy.  In addition to the performing arts, students have the opportunity to try 2-D and 3-D art classes which include painting, drawing, ceramics, glass, photography and architecture.
Athletic offerings include 27 team sports and numerous non-competitive options.  Among the athletic facilities include two gymnasiums, a hockey arena, six athletic fields including a turf field with lights, two fitness facilities, three squash courts, ten tennis courts, and an eight-lane all weather track. Sixteen seniors from the Class of 2015 committed to NCAA college athletics programs in 6 sports.
Shady Side offers two options for an enriching boarding experience. Five-day boarding allows those who live close by to spend time with family on weekends. Seven-day boarding is great for those who may live too far away to visit home frequently, or those who want to open themselves to further opportunities through weekend  activities that take advantage of Pittsburgh.
One hundred percent of Shady Side graduates attend four-year colleges or universities. Of the 118 members of the Class of 2015, 58 percent are attending schools ranked in the U.S. News & World Report Top 50, including seven top 10 schools, and 73 percent are attending college out of state. Graduates were offered more than $5 million in merit aid.
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)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Grades Offered Grades 9 - 12
Year Founded 1883

Student Body

Total Students 490 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 26%
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 1910
Average ACT score 27
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Dec. 14
Yearly Tuition Cost $28,950
Tuition Notes 5-day and 7-day boarding is available for students in grades 9 - 12. 5-day boarding fee is $12,000 and the 7-day boarding fee is $15,000.
% on Financial Aid 30%
Admissions Director Bob Grandizio
Admissions Associate Vanessa Cannon


Total Sports Offered 19 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,


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 supported by the efforts of three full-time college counselors.

Profile last updated: 07/28/2015

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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4 months 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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