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Shady Side Academy Middle School

Shady Side Academy Middle School is a coeducational private school for students in grades 6 through 8.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Suburban

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Overview

Overview

Shady Side Academy Middle School says

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. 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. The Middle School (grades 6-8) is dedicated to the academic, social and emotional growth of students in a safe and respectful atmosphere that promotes intellectual inquiry and exploration. The school offers students a comprehensive curriculum, which includes a balanced program of challenging courses, varied arts options and both competitive and instructional athletics. Students acquire confidence while striving for excellence in a setting that infuses the Academy's Five Guiding Principles into every aspect of the program.

Curriculum

The Shady Side Academy Middle School academic program is designed to ease each student through the important transition from child to young teen. From the 6th grade transitional wing and specialized tutorial program to the reassuring anchor of the student advisory system, students have support systems in place to meet new academic and personal challenges. The curriculum includes studies in English, math, science, social studies, world languages, computer science, library, study skills, art, music, health, physical education and athletics. The school offers a 1:1 iPad program, the opportunity for accelerated studies in math, and three languages including Chinese.

Mission Statement

Shady Side Academy's mission is to challenge students to think expansively, act ethically and lead responsibly.

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Finance

Finance

Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.

Admissions

Admissions
Phone
  (412) 968-3164
Email
  admissions@shadysideacademy.org

Academics

Academics

Academic Calendar: Trimester

  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 210
Student Teacher Ratio 8 : 1
Average Class Size 13
Dress Code Casual
Admission Director   Jeff Gross
School Head   Amy Nixon

Extracurriculars

Shady Side Academy believes that skills and lessons learned on the athletic field and the dramatic stage can be just as important in life as academic accomplishments. The Middle School's co-curricular program of athletics and activities provides each student with choices that include competitive team sports, non-competitive group sports, drama, art and science. Each student chooses one activity per season, with at least one physically engaging option per year. Students are coached by faculty members and outside coaches with the goal to provide students with fundamental skills and strategies, while continuing to challenge them in a positive manner. Lessons that can be learned in these afternoon activities include winning and losing with dignity and character. Coaches stress the importance of sportsmanship, perseverance, teamwork and cooperation.
  • Community Service
  • Drama/Theater
  • Fitness
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Team
  • Music Ensembles
  • Robotics
  • Science Olympiad
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Associations & Memberships

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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