Shady Side Academy Summer Programs: Safe, Affordable and FUN!

After a long year of the kids being cooped up inside staring at screens, parents will be itching to find ways to safely get them out of the house this summer. Look no further than Shady Side Academy, which offers plenty of fun, affordable, in-person summer programs on its four expansive campuses in Fox Chapel and Point Breeze!

Knowing that safety is on every parent’s mind, SSA is bringing everything it learned from a successful in-person school year to its summer programs.  A comprehensive set of COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be in place, including daily health screenings, masks, social distancing, limited enrollments and plenty of outdoor activity.

Designed with working parents in mind, full-day camps include free lunch and before-care, plus optional paid after-care. Bus transportation is offered from the North Hills and East End to Fox Chapel camps.

East End Explorers (grades PK-2) takes place on the 7-acre SSA Junior School campus in Point Breeze. In addition to water play and outside games, campers solve mysteries, make movies and more. Six weekly sessions are offered from June 21-July 30, with half- and full-day options.

North Hills Adventurers (grades PK-1) is on the 17-acre SSA Country Day School campus in Fox Chapel. Campers explore nature and play games in SSA’s treehouse classroom, trails, playgrounds and fields. Six weekly sessions are offered from June 21-July 30, with half- and full-day options.

Day Camp Discovery (grades 2-5) takes place on the 130-acre SSA Senior School campus in Fox Chapel. Campers enjoy daily activities including swimming, tennis, media arts and theater, plus competition days and picnic dance parties. Six weekly sessions are offered from June 21-July 30.

Camp Ren (grades 6-9) is designed for older kids and takes place on the 35-acre SSA Middle School campus in Fox Chapel. Campers enjoy greater autonomy and cool activities such as robotics, rocketry, filmmaking and ceramics. Six weekly sessions are offered from June 21-July 30. 


Sports Camps (grades K-8) are led by SSA coaches and enable kids to learn a new sport or enhance their skills. Weeklong camps in basketball, golf, ice hockey and tennis are held at the SSA Senior School athletic complex.

STEAM Camps (grades K-8) engage kids in creative, hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, art and math. Weeklong camps in fabrication and Minecraft programming are held in the state-of-the-art Glimcher Tech & Design Hub at SSA Senior School.

Focus Camps (grades K-5) allow kids to focus on a single interest or skill. Weeklong camps in drama, mindfulness, and sports & games are held at SSA Senior School.

Summer School features small class sizes and individual attention from the area’s finest teachers. Students in grades 2-8 can brush up on math and language arts skills, and a Stay & Play option allows them to pair summer school with day camp for a full day of learning and fun. High school offerings include for-credit courses and college essay writing workshops.

To learn more or register, visit or call 412-447-2230.