Niche ranks Shady Side Academy the Best Private K-12 School in the Pittsburgh Area

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Niche, the leading platform for K-12 and college school search, recently released its 2021 Best Schools rankings, and Shady Side Academy ranks No. 1 on its list of the Best Private K-12 Schools in the Pittsburgh Area. 

Niche also ranks Shady Side No. 1 in the Pittsburgh Area in the Best Private High Schools, Best College Prep Private High Schools, Best Boarding High Schools, and Best High Schools for STEM categories, and No. 2 in the Most Diverse Private High Schools category. And, Shady Side is the top-rated independent school in the Best High Schools for Athletes in the Pittsburgh Area category, coming in at No. 4 overall behind North Allegheny, Central Catholic and Pine-Richland. 

In the state of Pennsylvania, Shady Side ranks in the top four in the Best Private K-12 Schools, Best College Prep Private High Schools, Best Boarding High Schools, and Best High Schools for STEM categories. 

See all of SSA’s Niche rankings here.

In Niche’s “Report Card” feature, SSA earned an overall grade of A+, receiving an A+ rating for Academics, Teachers, Clubs & Activities, College Prep and Sports, and an A in Diversity. See SSA’s Niche profile here.

With updated data for 94,710 public schools, 24,099 private schools and 11,822 school districts nationwide, Niche’s K-12 school rankings provide an in-depth analysis of a given school. Unlike traditional rankings, which rely on metrics like test scores and academic performance, Niche’s rankings combine user input – comments from current students, alumni and parents – with quantitative data points. In addition to academics, the factors considered include teachers, resources and facilities, extracurricular activity opportunities, and diversity. See Niche’s complete 2021 Best Schools Rankings here.

Niche is the leader in K-12 and college school search. Its mission is to make researching and enrolling in schools easy, transparent, and free. With in-depth profiles on every school and college in America, 140 million reviews and ratings, and powerful search tools, Niche helps millions of people find the right school for them. Niche also helps thousands of schools recruit more best-fit students by highlighting what makes them great and making it easier to visit and apply. Learn more at 

Shady Side Academy is a nationally respected private school in Pittsburgh for boys and girls in grades PK-12, with an optional boarding experience in high school. Four age-specific campuses with extraordinary resources, teachers who actively mentor, a forward-thinking curriculum, a diverse and inclusive community, and a legacy of alumni accomplishments all inspire Shady Side students to high achievement in academics, the arts and athletics, and to meaningful ambitions in life. Learn more at