The admissions process for the 2022-2023 school year will begin in September 2021.

In-person and virtual admissions events will begin again in the fall and more information will be available when the application opens in September. In the meantime, we invite you to take a virtual tour as a family and connect with a parent ambassador to ask any questions. 

The Bush School will not require standardized testing for the 2021-2022 admissions season for applicants to First through Twelfth Grade. Please note, Kindergarten applicants will complete an in-person Kindergarten readiness assessment and observation during the admissions process. 

We apply a student-focused, holistic approach to the review of applications, with the school’s admissions committee looking at academic transcripts, teacher evaluations and narratives, student essays, extracurricular interests, and community engagement. Please note, The Bush School admissions process is test-free so members of the admissions committee will not have access to any ISEE, SSAT, WISC-V, WPPSI-IV, MAP, or other test results, even from applicants who choose to take a test and submit their scores. 

We look forward to working with you next admissions season. In the meantime, please connect, reach out, and let us know how we can help you.

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Lower School

K-5

  1. Submit Preliminary Application and Fee Payment. Contact admissions@bush.edu if you would like a fee waiver.
  2. Submit Parent/Guardian Statement and Student Voice/Essays
  3. Kindergarten Applicants Only: Register for Kindergarten Visit
  4. Submit Request for Records to Current School
  5. Delegate Teacher Evaluation Forms
  6. If applying for financial aid, Submit Application to SSS by January 13, 2022

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Middle School

6-8

  1. Submit Preliminary Application and Fee Payment. Contact admissions@bush.edu if you would like a fee waiver.
  2. Submit Parent/Guardian Statement and Student Essays
  3. Schedule Student Visit (Sixth Grade Only)
  4. Submit Request for Records to Current School
  5. Delegate Teacher Evaluation Forms
  6. If applying for financial aid, Submit Application to SSS by January 13, 2022

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Upper School

9-12

  1. Submit Preliminary Application and Fee Payment. Contact admissions@bush.edu if you would like a fee waiver.
  2. Submit Parent/Guardian Statement and Student Essays
  3. Schedule Student Visit (Ninth Grade Only)
  4. Submit Request for Records to Current School
  5. Delegate Teacher Evaluation Forms
  6. If applying for financial aid, Submit Application to SSS by January 13, 2022

Get started

The Bush School uses Ravenna for the submission of online applications and registration for all admissions events, including virtual student visits for Sixth and Ninth Grade and parent/guardian information sessions by division. 

Families new to the admissions process can create an account on Ravenna to get started. Once you have created an account, search for The Bush School to get started. If you are having difficulty creating an account or logging into Ravenna, contact customercare@ravennasolutions.com

All application materials and financial aid applications must be submitted by January 13, 2022. The application will reopen in September 2021 for the 2021-2022 admissions season.

In the admissions process, The Bush School does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of gender, religion, creed, national origin, race, color, ethnicity, cultural background, family structure or sexual orientation.

Upcoming
Events

Join us!

All events are virtual

Additional events can be found on Ravenna

Thursday, January 28

Upper School Virtual Student Panel (students without a scheduled student visit)

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 3

Ninth Grade Virtual Student Visit (students)

*registration is full

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Friday, February 19

Upper School Admissions Decision Date

12:00 p.m.

Friday, March 19

Middle and Lower School Admissions Decision Date

12:00 p.m.

Admissions events for the 2021-2022 season will be shared in september 2021.

Admissions FAQs

Kindergarten, Sixth Grade, and Ninth Grade are the main entry points at The Bush School. Each year, Bush typically welcomes 34 new Kindergarteners, 25-30 new Sixth Grade students, and 25–30 new Ninth Grade students. Openings in other grades vary each year, and depend on the number of returning students and space availability. Typically, the number of available spaces in other grades is not known until we complete re-enrollment with current families in the late winter.

The Bush School requires that all Kindergarten students be five years of age by September 1 of their enrollment year.

The Bush School is committed to helping each student become an independent, successful learner. Support at The Bush School starts with the prioritization of individual attention. Bush's learning environment emphasizes kindness and understanding within the community, so students are free to focus on their learning.

When a teacher determines that a student may need assistance beyond the individual help that the teacher can provide, the issue is raised with the appropriate adults in the community, including parents/guardians, advisors, support services personnel, and administration.

Members of our learning support team and counselors in each division fortify student efforts academically, developmentally, emotionally, and physically. A variety of personnel and programs contribute to the cognitive, social, psychological, and emotional development of the whole child through prevention, intervention, and support.

The Bush School has a robust community of scholars hailing from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, including a very small number of international students (defined as those who do not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status). Please note, The Bush School does not currently support the I-20 student visa for international students, and does not offer boarding or English Language Learning services. For these reasons, international applicants must live with a family member while enrolled at The Bush School. English proficiency is also a requirement of our academic program.

Bush students live across the greater Seattle area. While most students live in the Seattle city limits, Mercer Island, or the inner Eastside, students travel to Bush from nearly sixty different zip codes each year. While we do not currently offer bus transportation through the school, we do publish a zip code directory to assist with carpooling arrangements.