Welcome to Shady Hill's website. We hope you will find it to be a window into who we are and all of the wonderful learning that goes on every day.
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Shady Hill's Centennial
At Shady Hill, students are encouraged to be explorers, artists, writers, scientists, athletes, mathematicians, musicians, and, perhaps most importantly, thoughtful citizens of our school community and the world beyond. This is more than a school — it's a beginning. If Shady Hill is the right school for your child, there's no better place to start.
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We invite you to learn about our admission process through the information in this section. Each year, our main entry points are Beginners (PreK), Kindergarten, Grade 3, and Grade 6, but we accept applications at every grade level.
Our application process is designed to introduce families to our school and community and to allow us to get to know them, as well. Our students come from a variety of family structures and backgrounds; the rich diversity of our community is a defining measure of who we are as a school.
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Shady Hill's nationally known Teacher Training Center (TTC) is a graduate-level teacher preparation program that provides aspiring teachers with well-guided experiences in pre-K through eighth-grade classrooms.
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Shady Hill's 3,600 alumni represent one of the most engaged, committed, and generous groups of any independent elementary school in the country. We would not be the school we are without your interest, support, and involvement!
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Support for Shady Hill — through annual giving, capital giving, and volunteering — helps to make us the school we are today. Alumni and friends, along with current and former Shady Hill parents, faculty, apprentices, and grandparents, generously support the school's fundraising initiatives each year. Events such as the Shady Hill Fair come to life each fall through the volunteer efforts of hundreds of parents and alumni. Once a parent-owned cooperative, that spirit of support and participation continues on in the life of the school.
Shady Hill Fund & Donor Stories
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How We Began: The Cooperative Open Air School
A Shady Hill Timeline - 1915 to 1949
A Shady Hill Timeline - 1950 to 1989
A Shady Hill Timeline - 1990 to The Present
Thinking About May Day
The Centennial In The News
Shady Hill Music Memories
The Centennial In The News
Life is good at 100
Today is the 100
day of the 100
year, and the school gathered for a celebratory salute. The focal point was ...
Shady Hill Begins Centennial Celebration on May 2, 2015
To begin the celebration of Shady Hill's 100th birthday, we returned to its roots at 16 Quincy Street in Cambridge: nearly 150 people attended the dedication of a plaque at the first location of the school on Saturday, May 2.
Choral Reading at the Dedication of a Plaque at 16 Quincy Street in Cambridge
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Hocking Plaque Dedication Choral Recitation
178 Coolidge Hill Cambridge MA 02138