Shady Hill School

  • 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1915

Student Body

Total Students536 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
38%
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Shady Hill School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
91%
Average Class Size16 students
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 10
Tuition Notes2020-2021 tuition ranges from $28,550 for Beginners to $42,850 for Grade 8.
% on Financial Aid
22%
Admissions DirectorSarah Wooten
Admissions AssociateDeanna Connor

Sports

Total Sports Offered12 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
FencingField Hockey,
Flag FootballIce Hockey,
LacrosseSoccer,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,

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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