At a Glance



Our School

Shady Hill is an independent, coeducational day school located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

  • Founded: 1915. There are over 3,500 alumni. 
  • Accreditation: Member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE). 
  • Financial Aid: Shady Hill's financial aid budget totals over $2 million. Tuition grants range from a few hundred dollars to almost the entire tuition. All assistance is based on a family's need to pay. The number of families receiving aid has ranged from 13% to 18% in recent years. 
  • Students: Approximately 500 boys and girls in pre-Kindergarten ("Beginners" or 4-year-olds) through Grade 8. Students come from about 30 different communities, the majority from Cambridge and Boston. 
  • Faculty: Full- and part-time faculty total over 90 people, and 91%.of Shady Hill teachers hold advanced degrees. 
  • Student/Teacher Ratio: 8/1 overall. Class sizes are limited. 
  • Students of Color: Students of color represent 34% of our enrollment.
  • Governance: Every parent is a member of the not-for-profit corporation, presided over by the Board of Trustees. The school’s director supervises the faculty and oversees the educational program. 
  • Location: Eleven acres with tree-lined paths, wetlands, and grassy areas in a quiet Cambridge neighborhood. 
  • Campus: Eighteen buildings, including an art, woodshop, and music center; the Beehive, which houses our library, mathematics classrooms, world language classrooms, and our innovation lab; a gymnasium; science laboratories; an assembly hall; and a number of child-scaled classroom buildings.

Our Program

  • Sports: The program includes movement education and physical education, as well as a broad variety of intramural and interscholastic team sports. 
  • Afterschool Program and Clubs: Available daily until 6:00 PM. 
  • Curriculum: We stress the relationships among many areas of learning and use original source materials, rather than textbooks. Central Subject, a distinctive method of teaching at Shady Hill, is an integrated approach to a people via their history, literature, geography, and arts. 
  • World Languages: French, Mandarin, and Spanish offered beginning in Grade 7. 
  • Teacher Training Course: An on-site, certifying program that prepares graduate-level "apprentices" for teaching. 

Our Classes

Class Sizes:

Beginners (Pre-K): 2 classes with 18 students in each, with 2 gradehead teachers
Kindergarten: 2 classes with 22 students in each, with 2 gradehead teachers
Grade I: 2 classes with 22 students in each, with 2 gradehead teachers
Grade II: 2 classes with 22 students in each, with 2 gradehead teachers
Grade III: 3 classes with 16 students in each and 1 gradehead teacher
Grade IV: 3 classes with 16 students in each and 1 gradehead teacher
Grade V: 3 classes with 16 students in each and 1 gradehead teacher
Grade VI: 4 classes with 16-18 students in each and 1 gradehead teacher
Grade VII: 4 classes with 16-18 students in each and 1 gradehead teacher
Grade VIII: 4 classes with 16-18 students in each and 1 gradehead teacher

Department teachers in mathematics, science, music, the arts, and technology support the work of teachers in all grades, with students having specialized department classes.
The School admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its educational, admissions, financial aid, athletic and other policies and programs.
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617.520.5260        178 Coolidge Hill    Cambridge MA 02138