Shady Hill School

Tel: (617)520-5200
  • 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, providing a fundamentally different approach to teaching and learning.
  • 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)
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1915

Student Body

Total Students511 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
33%
State avg.: 23%
Students by GradeShady Hill School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
92%
Average Class Size16 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 15 / Jan. 4
Tuition Notes2017-2018 tuition ranges from $27,030 for Beginners to $37,940 for Grade 8.
% on Financial Aid
20%
Admissions DirectorCassie Firenze
Admissions AssociateDana Zadorozny

Sports

Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Field HockeyFlag Football,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
SoccerTennis,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,
Volleyball

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 2016 Shady Hill opened a new state-of-the-art STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Center, the Hub, which houses a makerspace, fabrication lab, math classrooms, science labs, and break out spaces.
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