Shady Side Academy

Shady Side Academy Photo #1 - Shady Side Academy Senior School resides on a 130- acre campus which offers incredible facilities and resources that enable students to fuel their passions. Advanced level courses, teachers that motivate and support, and a college-like campus all help to prepare students for college and beyond.
Shady Side Academy Photo #1 - Shady Side Academy Senior School resides on a 130- acre campus which offers incredible facilities and resources that enable students to fuel their passions. Advanced level courses, teachers that motivate and support, and a college-like campus all help to prepare students for college and beyond.
Shady Side Academy Photo #2 - Both 5- and 7-day boarding are offered at SSA. We have two dormitories: Morewood for girls and Croft for boys. This year we have 65 boarders who come from 5 countries and 9 states. Proximity to the city of Pittsburgh gives boarders the option for many activities close by while living on a beautiful 130-acre campus. Best of both worlds.
Shady Side Academy Photo #3 - Small class sizes and strong student-teacher relationships help each student to be his/her best both academically and personally. SSA faculty go beyond subject matter to serve as mentors to students, getting to know each child as an individual. As one parent recently put it, "Shady Side Academy is all about having an opportunity to participate and pursue ones passions".
Shady Side Academy Photo #4 - The McIlroy Center is the new home of the Senior School Science Department and includes 10 flexible classroom/lab spaces for physics, biology and chemistry; spaces for research, collaboration and independent study; faculty offices; and an outdoor amphitheater for classes, lectures and events.
Shady Side Academy Photo #5 - In the Hillman Center for Performing Arts students have the opportunity to participate in the fall drama, the winter musical, and the Original Theater Works Festival in the spring. There are numerous musical performances each year including Chamber Choir, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble and the String Ensemble, among others. This is also where our twice-weekly community assemblies are held.
Shady Side Academy Photo #6 - The arts are an important part of the balanced curriculum at Shady Side Academy. In addition to the performing arts, students have the opportunity to try 2-D and 3-D art classes which include painting, drawing, ceramics, glass, photography, and architecture.
Shady Side Academy Photo #7 - Athletic offerings include 27 team sports and numerous non-competitive options. Among the athletic facilities include two gymnasiums, a hockey arena, six athletic fields including a turf field with lights, two fitness facilities, three squash courts, ten tennis courts, and an eight-lane all weather track.
Shady Side Academy Photo #8 - Three full-time college counselors maintain relationships with college admissions offices around the world by visiting dozens of school in person and hosting 140 admissions representatives on campus every year. They share their knowledge of colleges with families during regular one-on-one meetings, ensuring students find the place where they will thrive.
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 (2024)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 1,221 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $36,975
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
1,221 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade
Shady Side Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
125 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
Advanced Courses
All Courses are considered honors level., AP classes include Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science, French and Chinese, German, Level 5 of Spanish
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
The above tuition is for a day student in grades 9-12. 5-day and 7-day boarding are available for students in grades 9 - 12: the 5-day boarding fee is $19,425 and the 7-day boarding fee is $22,575.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Bob Grandizio
Admissions Associate
Kasey Fron
Endowment Size
$60 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
58 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Academian - Yearbook, Academic Quiz Bowl, Angles - non-fiction magazine, Anime Club, Astronomy Club, Black Student Union, Cabaret Club, Chiapas Club, Chinese Club, Christian Fellowship, Club for Animal Respect and Education (CARE), Community Service Learning, Dance Club, Democratic Student Union, Diversity Leadership Council, DnD Club, Egerian - fiction magazine, Environmental Club, French Club, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Gender and Sexuality Alliance, German Club, Jewish Student Union, Latin Club, Left Politics Club, Library Ambassadors, Math Team, Model UN, Patriot Society, Personal Finance Club, Philosophy Club, Physics Club, Piano Club, Political Science Club, Portfolio Art Club, Pre-Med Club, Robotics, Rocketry Club, Science Olympiad, Ski Club, Special Education Awareness Club, Speech and Debate Club, SSA App Club, SSA Film Club/SSA News, SSA Newspaper, Technical Theatre, WorldQuest, Writing Center

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber Choir, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Gargoyle Society (Performing Arts), Hillman Center Ushers, Intonations, Jazz Ensemble, String Orchestra, Symphonic band

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Health and Fitness Club

School Notes

  • The Senior School (grades 9-12) offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum driven by a traditional liberal arts philosophy, where students begin to make curricular choices as early as their freshman year. A great range of opportunities exist for students to discover their talents and experience success. The program is comprehensive and allows students to learn through a variety of experiences while working closely with peers and faculty members in the classroom, art studio, playing field and even the dining hall. Every experience contributes to the learning and development of students. 100% of Shady Side Academy seniors matriculate to highly respected collegesand universities supported by the efforts of three full-time college counselors. Five- and seven- day boarding is available.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • David McCullough '51 - Pulitzer Prize winning author
    • Bentley Weiner '92 - VP and Senior Producer, HBO Sports
    • Christian Borle '91 - Broadway actor, Tony Award recipient
    • Courtney Hershey Bress '92 - Principal Harpist, Colorado Symphony Orchestra
    • Jonathan Zittrain '87 - Professor of Law, Harvard University, Former Chair of FCC Open Internet Advisory Committee
    • Nia Phillips '08 - Producer Good Morning America, Emmy Award recipient
    • Chris Meyer '84 - Research Zoologist, Smithsonian Institute
    • Marisa Muscari '01 - Senior Manager, Activision
    • Peter Ackerman '88 - Actor, writer, producer. Ice Age films and the Amazon series, The Americans
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Shady Side Academy cost?
Shady Side Academy's tuition is approximately $36,975 for private students.
Who are famous alumni from Shady Side Academy?
Shady Side Academy famous alumni include: David McCullough '51, Bentley Weiner '92, Christian Borle '91, Courtney Hershey Bress '92, Jonathan Zittrain '87, Nia Phillips '08, Chris Meyer '84, Marisa Muscari '01 and Peter Ackerman '88.
Does Shady Side Academy offer a summer program?
Yes, Shady Side Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Shady Side Academy offer?
Shady Side Academy offers 20 interscholastic sports: Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball. Shady Side Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for most sports offered.
What is Shady Side Academy's ranking?
When is the application deadline for Shady Side Academy?
The application deadline for Shady Side Academy is Feb. 1.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
We found this to be a tremendous academic institution for our son. He obtained a diversity of skills that still serve him to this day. He was granted admittance to a prestigious college and has thrived as a result. We have never regretted the significant financial challenge we incurred by sending him here. He still thanks us all of the time for having made the sacrifice to allow him to benefit from this great institution.
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This school is easily one of the best in the region. If you are looking for somewhere for your child to go to school not only to get into a good college but to learn and thrive, Shady Side is your school. I am convinced that I learned more information and skills here than I would have at any other school in the Pittsburgh area. One thing that bothered me was that Shady Side only offered a few AP courses(Math, Computer, Spanish, French, Chinese). However, I was still able to take APs in Chemistry, Biology, and History as well as in Math and Spanish because of how well Shady Side prepares you, even if their courses aren't labeled as "AP" courses.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 1,221 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $36,975
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1
  • Source: Verified school update

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