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We are a community of engaged and thriving learners; remarkable, inspired faculty and staff; dedicated and responsive leaders; and diverse, connected families. Great schools can produce great students, but it takes a community to make a great person. We are proud of our dynamic and inclusive community and hope you will take the next step and connect with a current parent or the admissions team to learn more.

Program

Experiential teaching and learning—an iterative practice that involves personal experience, reflection, abstraction, and experimentation—is at the core of our program and curriculum K-12. Students learn by doing, by asking questions, digging in, making mistakes, and seeking out solutions under the mentorship and partnership of their teachers.

In the Lower School, social and emotional learning is integrated with academic growth through skill-building, imagination, play, and inquiry. Middle School at Bush builds on the foundation of joyful learning in the Lower School by challenging students to discover their strengths, grow through supported risk-taking in new arenas, and turn their creativity and ideas into reality. In the Upper School, students develop skills as independent thinkers and collaborative learners on the path to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.

The Bush School is committed to fulfilling the school mission through anti-racist practices and actions, inclusive curriculum, and professional development for all faculty and staff to assist in furthering these principles. We believe that centering this work and these conversations is an opportunity for all of us to grow when it comes to intercultural fluency.

We move this work forward with our students through partnership between student affinity groups and the Office of Intercultural Affairs, drop-in office hours in the Center for Intercultural Action, as well as classroom visits and activities with the Director of Intercultural Affairs. These practices are equally important with our faculty and staff and we engage in this work through professional development opportunities, divisional meetings, and all-staff meetings, as well as lesson planning support. Every department has the opportunity to partner with the Office of Intercultural Affairs to ensure that the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and our work in becoming an anti-racist institution is moving forward across the Bush community.

This work extends beyond Bush’s campus, reaching into every home that is connected to our school community. Families have the opportunity to engage through parent coffees, divisional round tables, and workshops led by outside speakers on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Parents also have the opportunity to join parent affinity groups which partner with the Office of Intercultural Affairs. All members of the school community, from students to parents to faculty and staff, are also able to schedule one-on-one meetings with the Director of Intercultural Affairs as concerns arise.

Place

The Bush School builds a sense of place and belonging on two campuses that are emotionally and physically safe for students, reflect the values of truth, beauty, and purpose, and foster connections between and among students and adults. The Seattle and Methow campuses provide a bridge between Eastern and Western Washington, opening new avenues of exploration, collaboration, and appreciation for students, faculty, and community members of both regions.

Explore our virtual campus tour! Navigate around campus and hear what our student tour guides and school leaders have to say about classrooms, community spaces, and key programs at The Bush School.

The Bush School Methow campus offers opportunities for learning, growth, and connection in Eastern Washington’s beautiful Methow Valley. Learn more about programming for students, faculty and staff, and families.

Learn more about the exciting addition to the Upper School and the first phase of our Education Master Plan. Through this project, the school lays a foundation for the future of experiential education at The Bush School built around sustainability and access.