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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.

Click on "See How We Teach and Learn" above to see an overview of each grade — 

Shady Hill School's Mission Statement, reaffirmed by our Board in 2009, begins with the words at the top of this page. Having one of the finest groups of teachers working in independent schools in America, the learning that takes place in our classrooms 
is joyful, rigorous, creative, and much more. Our students acquire skills that allow them to think deeply about subject matter. They learn not only the multiplication tables, but also the fundamental meaning behind those computations; they learn not only scientific formulae, but also the processes and theories that make the formulae come to life. Literature, history, geography, and in some cases mathematics, art, music, and more form the foundations of our Central Subject approach to learning. The way our students learn becomes the foundation for a lifetime of learning. 

At Shady Hill, we honor the individual character and spirit of each child and we encourage our students to be independent thinkers. Our program respects the pace of childhood and our school is a safe environment where children feel free to take risks.

Attend our Central Subject Institute.
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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.
617.520.5260        178 Coolidge Hill    Cambridge MA 02138