Main Profile

At A Glance

Shady Side Academy Junior School

Shady Side Academy Junior School is a coeducational private school for students in grades Pre-K through 5.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Urban


Shady Side Academy Junior School's Full Profile



Shady Side Academy Junior 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. At the Junior School (grades PK-5), 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.


The Shady Side Academy Junior School curriculum focuses on interdisciplinary teaching and learning through play and investigation. Through engaging coursework and activities, and with the help of caring teachers, the program instills in children a love of learning. The curriculum includes coursework in language arts, math, social studies, science, Spanish, computer, library, art, music, physical education and wellness. Highlights include the Singapore Math and Writing Workshop curricula.

Mission Statement

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


Latest Tweet



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.


  (412) 473-4437

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 230
Student Teacher Ratio 8 : 1
Average Class Size 13
Dress Code Uniform
Admission Director   Maggie Marquette
School Head   Ellen McConnell


After School Explorers is Shady Side Academy Junior School’s unique after-school program. Students receive an all-inclusive experience that can be customized to fit their individual needs and interests, without ever having to leave the Junior School campus. Options include enrichment classes, music lessons, study center, unstructured play, organized games and more.

Associations & Memberships

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)

Questions about Shady Side Academy Junior School

Want more info about Shady Side Academy Junior School? Get free advice from education experts and Noodle community members.

  • Answer