This is more than a school — it's a beginning.
If Shady Hill is the right place for your child, there's no better place to start.
We enroll 500 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Each year we add students in Beginners (Pre-K), Kindergarten, Grade III, and Grade VI. Although these are our four primary points of admission, we accept applications to every grade level.  Clicking on the grade blocks below will bring you to a more detailed description of each grade's curriculum. Use the "apply" menu above or navigation toolbar below to further explore the admission process.


Our website is a great way to learn about our school, and we hope you will also visit the campus to see us in action. Since Shady Hill's founding in 1915, we have been committed to creating an environment that celebrates joyful, active learning and helps children to become confident and ethical citizens. Our teachers know and honor the individual character of each child. We believe in the primacy of exploration and discovery, we advance the mastery of skills, and we help students shape meaning from knowledge.

The admission process is designed to give you a clear sense of our program and to give us a chance to get to know your child and family. We seek enthusiastic and inquisitive children who demonstrate the intellectual and personal promise necessary to meet the expectations of our program. We look forward to meeting your family!

Best wishes,
Cassie Firenze
Director of Admission and Financial Aid
Admission          178 Coolidge Hill     Cambridge MA 02138     617.520.5200