Shady Hill School

178 Coolidge Hill, Cambridge, MA 02138

Bearing the name of the estate of Charles Eliot Norton, Shady Hill was founded by Professor and Mrs. William Ernest Hocking on the porch of their Cambridge home. The school grew out of the desire of a group of local parents to build on the ideas of Frances Parker, John Dewey and Alfred Whitehead, and its program continues to strike a balance between innovation and continuity. The kindergarten through grade 8 curriculum is built around Central Subject, the yearlong study of a people via their history, literature, geography, and arts and sciences. This approach to learning stresses the interrelationships of many disciplines and the use of original sources rather than textbooks. Foreign language study begins in grade 7, and all students participate in the visual and performing arts, as well as in shop. The sports program stresses movement education in the lower grades and the acquisition of team sports skills later on.

General Information

Academic OrientationPre-Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 4)-8
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address178 Coolidge Hill, Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone617-520-5200
Fax617-520-9387
Year Established1915
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorMark J. Stanek
Total Enrollment519
Day Students519
Boys249
Girls270
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