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.
Founded 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.
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.
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.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 542 students
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 10

Top Rankings

Shady Hill School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded
1915

Student Body

Total Students
542 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
40%
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade
Shady Hill School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
100 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
91%
Average Class Size
16 students
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 10
Tuition Notes
2020-2021 tuition ranges from $29,770 for Beginners to $44,890 for Grade 8.
% on Financial Aid
22%
Admissions Director
Sarah Wooten
Admissions Associate
Deanna Connor
Endowment Size
$54 million

Sports

School Notes

  • 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.
  • Founded 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.
  • 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.
Profile last updated: 08/04/2021

School Reviews

Endorse Shady Hill School. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards
Endorse this school:

Recent Articles

Books Set In Private Schools
Books Set In Private Schools
Enjoy a range of subject matter from recollections to murder mysteries, all set in private schools here at home and abroad.
Keep Ransomware Out of Your School
Keep Ransomware Out of Your School
Small organizations like private schools are just as vulnerable to ransomware attacks as large organizations are. Here's how to deal with ransomware in your school.
Endow A Teaching Position
Endow A Teaching Position
Endowing a teaching position accomplishes many things for the private school that gave you the foundation for your adult life.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 542 students
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 10

Request Information

Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Cambridge, MA is $22,522 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).

Related School Videos

Quick Links