We encourage students to take advantage of a wide array of opportunities beyond the classroom, so they can explore all sides of themselves and discover their passions.


服务背阴书院 is nationally renowned for its outstanding program of academics, arts and athletics – but we're so much more than that. Shady Side students support each other, 接受新想法, hone their talents and think deeply about how they can turn their interests into positive change for the world. Because “how” matters.

Ours is a vibrant learning community that values 多样化的 perspectives and ideas, and celebrates our differences. Our Guiding Principles of honesty, 善良, 尊重, responsibility and safety underpin everything we do, ensuring that our students become not only good scholars, but also good friends, 好人 and good citizens who 回馈 to their communities.


SSA students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of a wide array of opportunities beyond the classroom to fully explore all sides of themselves. 从广泛的 after-school programs for elementary school students to the extracurricular clubs and activities at the Middle and 高级学校s, to our unique SSA农场 program across all four campuses, every child has the chance to follow their passions and discover new ones.


登机 program at the 高级学校 allows older students to experience greater independence and develop leadership skills in a supportive community in preparation for the transition to college. Five- and seven-day boarders take full advantage of everything our campus and the city of Pittsburgh have to offer.

Making Connections

From PK-12, SSA helps students to 连接 with people and organizations beyond our campuses and around the world by leveraging a robust alumni and parent network and by utilizing modern technology tools.