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Shady Hill School

Shady Hill School is a coeducational private traditional school for students in grades Pre-K through 8.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Urban

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Overview

Overview

Shady Hill School says

Shady Hill is a coeducational Pre-K through 8th Grade day school on 11 acres in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our unique village-style campus is a collection of child-scaled buildings set around courtyards and greens with a web of connecting pathways, play spaces, athletic fields, and wildlife areas. Originating in 1915 on the back porch of Harvard Professor Ernest Hocking and his wife, Agnes Hocking, the goal was for children to experience an education enriched by the same kind of open-mindedness, inquiry, intellectual rigor, and passion for learning that they valued in their own experiences. Today, the school continues to strike a balance between innovation and tradition. The curriculum is built around Central Subject - a year-long, in-depth study of a people, period of history, an idea or movement - and stresses the interrelationships of many disciplines and the use of original sources. Each grade's Central Subject has been purposefully designed around the developmental stage of that particular age to captivate and challenge students. Through exploration and discovery, rigorous and engaging activities, the mastery of skills, purposeful dialogue and meticulous guidance, our students develop into independent, critical thinkers and life-long learners. Our beliefs in a diverse and inclusive community, cooperation and collaboration, self reflection, and individual responsibility help students grow into confident, ethical citizens of the school and the world beyond. In 2009, Shady Hill opened a new state-of-the-art Arts Complex and Gymnasium and added Mandarin to our World Languages Department.

Curriculum

Shady Hill School received a Noodle Innovative School Award in 2015.

Shady Hill School wants children to be joyful, active learners who develop the intellectual discipline necessary to become contributing, ethical citizens. To accomplish these ends, we believe in the primacy of exploration and discovery, we advance the mastery of skills, and we help students shape meaning from knowledge.

Mission Statement

Shady Hill School wants children to be joyful, active learners who develop the intellectual discipline necessary to become contributing, ethical citizens. To accomplish these ends, we believe in the primacy of exploration and discovery, we advance the mastery of skills, and we help students shape meaning from knowledge. The school: • Knows and honors the individual character and spirit of each child • Respects the pace of childhood and understands that true exploration takes time • Creates a safe environment that allows children to be curious, take risks, and make mistakes • Challenges prejudice, respects difference, and recognizes that multiple perspectives inform human experience • Encourages children to be independent thinkers who can transform ideas into meaningful action • Advocates learning through cooperation and collaboration • Designs and uses Central Subject, an interdisciplinary curriculum with a deep focus on a single theme or yearlong topic • Emphasizes contact with primary resources and actual materials • Cultivates the power of creative thinking and academic excellence

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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
  (617) 520-5200
Email
  Cassie_Firenze@shs.org

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 518
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Pre-K 36
Kindergarten 44
1 44
2 44
3 51
4 49
5 51
6 64
7 70
8 65

Shady Hill School's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Shady Hill School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 9 : 1
Gender 45% Male / 55% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 65%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 13%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 7%

Extracurriculars

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Associations & Memberships

State or regional independent school association

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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