About Us


The nearly-100 year history of Shady Hill is a story of the people who envisioned and brought to life the progressive and innovative school we have today. It is the founders, Ernest and Agnes Hocking, who began a school for girls and boys on the back porch of their home on Quincy Street in Cambridge — the first co-educational private school in the Boston area. It is the students, the teachers and staff, the parents, the teacher trainees, the grandparents, and friends in our community. All members of our community are part of our history and part of the life of the school today.

617.520.5260        178 Coolidge Hill    Cambridge MA 02138