Shady Side Academy

423 Fox Chapel Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

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Imagine a place where your child has the opportunity to explore new interests in a safe, supportive atmosphere. Envision a place where your child can engage with educators and staff who are leaders in their fields and are committed to your child’s individual needs. Picture a place where your child will learn to excel in the classroom, in the arts, in athletics and in life. Shady Side Academy is that place.

Shady Side Academy is a nationally respected private school in Pittsburgh for boys and girls in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with an optional five-day boarding experience in high school.

Three 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.

At Shady Side Academy, there is a balanced approach to education with a commitment to students’ academic, physical and emotional development. Putting that approach into action is a caring faculty and staff, who are dedicated to fostering a true love of learning in students.

To meet the specific needs of children in various life stages, Shady Side Academy is set on three unique campuses. From the neighborhood setting of the Junior School in the East End to the suburban setting of the Middle and Senior Schools in Fox Chapel, students are part of something special. Small class sizes encourage a strong sense of community among the students, faculty, staff and parents.

Shady Side Academy’s academic program provides a challenging, yet nurturing, atmosphere in which learning occurs at the highest levels. The broad academic program exists in an atmosphere that encourages inquiry, questioning, self-determination and creativity. Technology is integrated throughout PK-12 classrooms.

Arts and athletics are an integral part of the curriculum. Music, visual and performing arts are intertwined into all levels of learning, and students are encouraged to explore an array of athletic options and find the sport or activity that is best for them. Extracurricular activities and clubs support students┐ diverse interests, including community service.

Faculty members are leaders in their respective fields. Sixty percent hold advanced degrees, and they participate regularly in professional development activities. They believe in a traditional approach to learning while developing creative curricula and determining how to best meet the needs of individual students.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding — Coed Grades 9-12; Day — Coed PS (Age 4)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address423 Fox Chapel Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Other Locations400 Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh 15221
500 Squaw Run Rd E, Pittsburgh 15238
Year Established1883
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

5-Day Boarding Tuition$38,925; estimated extras $500-800)
Day Tuition$12,250-27,875; estimated extras $300-800
Merit Scholarships Awarded5
Value of Merit Scholarships$50,000
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded160
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$2,030,930

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarTrimester
Supplemental InstructionDevelopmental Reading, Review, Tutoring
Advanced Placement CoursesCalculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science, French, German, Latin, Spanish
Summer SessionAcademic Enrichment Review Remedial Recreational. Tuition Day $375-1595. 1-6 weeks
Accredited ByCLS, MSA
Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' SportsBasketball, Cross-country, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track
Interscholastic Boys' SportsBaseball, Football, Wrestling
Interscholastic Girls' SportsCheerleading, Field Hockey, Softball

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School126
Most Common Graduate DestinationsU of Pittsburgh 6, Carnegie Mellon 5, Northwestern 4, Villanova 4, PA St 4, U of PA 3
Average Math SAT650
Average Critical Reading SAT620
Average Writing SAT640
Mid-50 Percentile Math SAT600-700
Mid-50 Percentile Critical Reading SAT560-690
Mid-50 Percentile Writing SAT590-700
ACT Mid-50 Percentile24-30


Applications DueFebruary
Application Fee$50
New Students164
Percentage of Applicants Accepted82
Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)60
Tests Used for AdmissionISEE, SSAT, TOEFL


AdministratorThomas M. Cangiano
Administrator's TitlePresident
In Office Since2010
Administrator's CredentialsBA, Middlebury College, MAT, Tufts Univ, MA, MPhil, Columbia Univ
Director(s) of AdmissionsKatherine H. Mihm, Director of Enrollment Management & Marketing

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment931
Boarding Students52
Day Students879
Elementary Enrollment (Through Grade 8)442
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)489
Student Body EthnicityWhite 76%, Latino 1%, African-American 7%, Asian 9%, Other 7%
Average Class Size13
Student-Faculty Ratio8:1
Dress CodeCasual
Teaching Faculty117
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)60
Male Teaching Faculty43
Female Teaching Faculty74
Faculty EthnicityWhite 97%, African-American 2%, Asian 1%

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage192
Buildings on Campus26
Facilities Value$58,200,000
Endowment Value$46,200,000
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