Shady Side Academy Junior School

Shady Side Academy Junior School Photo #1 - Shady Side Academy has four campuses. The Junior School, located in Point Breeze, begins at PK and goes up to the fifth grade. On this seven-acre campus, our youngest students reside in the newest facility built specifically for their needs. This photo shows PK students tending their garden. Our second PK - 5 campus is located in Fox Chapel.
Shady Side Academy Junior School Photo #2 - A one-to-one iPad program in fifth grade gives students access to educational apps and the internet for school projects. Grades K - 4 also have access to iPad's through a mobile lab.
Shady Side Academy Junior School Photo #3 - Starting with our youngest students, we instill our Guiding Principles of honesty, kindness, respect, responsibility, and safety. With these values as our roadmap, we are joined in a partnership based upon the individual educational journey of our children. We establish individual goals for our students, ensure that we know the whole child and strive to help students feel safe.
Shady Side Academy Junior School Photo #4 - The Junior School offers small class sizes and two sections per grade which allows for a close student to teacher interaction.
Shady Side Academy Junior School Photo #5 - Writing Workshop offers students in grades K - 5 the chance to be authors of their stories. Teachers conference with students individually to help move them forward as a writer.
Shady Side Academy Junior School Photo #6 - Shady Side Academy was one of the first schools in Pittsburgh to implement a Singapore Math curriculum, called Math in Focus. This innovative approach to teaching math focuses on problem-solving, deep understanding and the use of model drawing to drive the acquisition and application of mathematical skills.
Shady Side Academy Junior School Photo #7 - The 4th grade financial literacy program offers students the chance to be entrepreneurs. This year-long project brings together creative thinking, math, planning, budgeting and communications skills as students develop a business and market their product to the Junior School community.
Shady Side Academy Junior School Photo #8 - Across all four campuses, students at Shady Side can work in our campus gardens, help with the chickens and use our beautiful outdoor spaces as an extension to the classroom. Featured here with Junior School students is our chicken, Snicker, and Gianna Fazioli, Director of SSA Farms.
Shady Side Academy Junior School Photo #9 - The school day runs from 8:15 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. The After-School Explorers program runs until 6:00 pm daily and offers classes, study and play time for students. A before-school program is also offered where students can be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m.
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 for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-5
Year Founded1883
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students267 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Shady Side Academy Junior School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesSingapore Math, Writing Workshop
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
Yearly Tuition Cost$15,500
Tuition NotesPre-Kindergarten tuition is $15500 for full day and $13650 for half day. Other schedules are available. Kindergarten tuition is $17,950 and 1st Grade is $21,500. Tuition for grades 2 - 5 is $22,500.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$14,000
Admissions DirectorMaggie Marquette
Admissions AssociateJoyce Greece
Endowment Size$60 million


Total Sports Offered1 sport
SportsCross CountryCross Country


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

School Notes

  • Shady Side Academy has two elementary school campuses.  At the Junior School (grades PK-5), our 7-acre campus in Point Breeze, students are offered a nurturing and strong academic program integrating broad themes to help children make meaningful connections between subject areas. Using this interdisciplinary approach enhances students' creativity and comprehension while developing a strong set of core skills to prepare them to excel in the years to come. Supportive faculty create a learning environment that fosters safe, challenging and joyful elementary classrooms.  Our second campus, Country Day School, is located in Fox Chapel.
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  • Pittsburgh
    Grades: PK-12 | 399 students
    1.3 miles
    6425 Fifth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206
    (412) 661-5992
    1.3 PK-12
  • Pittsburgh
    Grades: NS-8 | 296 students
    1.6 miles
    5705 Darlington Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15217
    (412) 521-1907
    1.6 NS-8
  • Pittsburgh
    Grades: PK-8 | 255 students
    3.5 miles
    3333 5th Ave
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    (412) 578-6157
    3.5 PK-8
  • Pittsburgh
    Grades: NS-5 | 118 students
    5.7 miles
    620 Squaw Run Road East
    Pittsburgh, PA 15238
    (412) 963-8644
    5.7 NS-5
  • Pittsburgh
    Grades: NS-8 | 269 students
    1.5 miles
    6424 Forward Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15217
    (412) 521-1100
    1.5 NS-8

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