Shady Side Academy Country Day School

  • 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.
  • Four 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-5
Year Founded1883
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students118 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Shady Side Academy Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers16 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses6 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1330
Average ACT score29
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Common Dress Code)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 16 / Jan. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$15,500
Tuition NotesPre-Kindergarten tuition is $15500 for full day and $10950 for half day. Other schedules are available. Kindergarten tuition is $17,950. First Grade is $21,500 and tuition for grades 2 - 5 is $22,500.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$14,000
Admissions DirectorKatie Mihm
Endowment Size$60 million


Total Sports Offered1 sport
SportsCross CountryCross Country


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.1 extracurricular
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
After School Adventurers

School Notes

  • Shady Side Academy has two elementary school campuses.  At the Country Day School, our 17-acre campus in Fox Chapel, we help students develop a foundation that is centered in academics and the arts, where each child may achieve both academic success and personal self-confidence. Each day children get the guidance and reassurance they need to keep exploring. This is a place where children grow, develop, discover - and learn how to keep searching and discovering for a lifetime. Faculty, together with their students, seek new opportunities and challenges outside the textbook and beyond the basic courses. We want teachers to teach students to learn in whatever ways work for them and see each student as an individual. Our second campus, the Junior School, is located in Point Breeze.
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The average private school tuition in Pittsburgh, PA is $9,579 for elementary schools and $15,463 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Pittsburgh, PA is 93% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).