Our main admission entry points are Beginners (PreK), Kindergarten, Grade 3, and Grade 6, but we accept applications at every grade level. 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.
Welcome to Admission
Apply to Shady Hill
Tuition & Financial Aid
Joining Our Middle School
Meet the Admission Team
Shady Hill is an independent, coeducational, day school in Cambridge that offers a fundamentally different approach to teaching and learning for children in Pre-K through Grade 8.
From the Head of School
Our Diverse Community
Our Unique Campus
Our Teacher Training Center (TTC)
Partnerships with Purpose
Contacts & Directions
At a Glance
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.
Visual & Performing Arts
Afterschool & Auxiliary Programs
Shady Hill School Store
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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Bruce Shaw Book Order
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
Ways of Giving
Summer at Shady Hill
Thank you for your interest in Summer at Shady Hill. You can reach us at
We will continue to keep you updated on future summer programming at Shady Hill.
Shady Hill School
56 Coolidge Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Trying to reach us during summer hours?
The best way to contact us is to to email us at
Auxiliary Programs Office:
Emergency Only (Front Desk):
Summer Programs Email:
178 Coolidge Hill Cambridge MA 02138