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.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
  • Students: 118 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $15,500
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 16 / Jan. 1 / rolling

Top Rankings

Shady Side Academy Country Day School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for:

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-5
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
118 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
Shady Side Academy Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
16 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
15 students
Number of AP Courses
6 courses
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(Common Dress Code)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 16 / Jan. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Pre-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
Admissions Director
Katie Mihm
Endowment Size
$60 million


Total Sports Offered
1 sport


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
1 extracurricular
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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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
  • Students: 118 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $15,500
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 16 / Jan. 1 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Pittsburgh, PA is $9,338 for elementary schools and $14,739 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Pittsburgh, PA is 94% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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