— Helen Taylor Bush, founder

Congratulations, New Bush Students and Families

Welcome to The Bush School! We are thrilled that you will be joining our bright, caring, and heart-centered Blazer family in the fall.

Bush students share many traits: They’re smart, inclusive, creative, and kind. In Lower School, students bring joyful curiosity to both the classroom and the playfield. Middle School students jump at the chance to explore new ideas and are driven by their passions whether it’s music, robotics, sports, or social justice. Upper School students turn that passion into purpose as they learn to be active agents for change in our community and the world. 

While we wish we could welcome you to campus, our current health and safety protocols do not allow us to have visitors on campus. This spring, we will share all the information you need for your transition to The Bush School. Stay tuned for more information about spring orientation events for new families, course registration, back-to-school information, and more. 

We can’t wait to welcome you home to The Bush School.

Welcome, new Upper School students! We enlisted the help of our Upper School community to prepare welcome packages for our new students. 

Welcome Class of 2028! Your classmates are excited to welcome you to Bush and embark on the Middle School adventure with you. 

Congratulations to the Bush Class of 2034! We enlisted the help of our friend the Bush Bear to share a peek into the day of a Bush Kindergarten student. 

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SPRING ORIENTATION Events for New Families

Middle School Parent/Guardian Spring Orientation

Tuesday, May 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

This virtual event will be an introduction to the Bush Middle School community and a chance to learn about student life, curriculum, and key programs. This event is geared towards parents/guardians new to the Middle School to give an overview of what to expect next fall and beyond. 

Invitation to follow by email.

Middle School Spring Meet-up

Wednesday, May 19, 5:15-6:00 p.m.

Students from the Class of 2028 and all new students to Bush Middle School are invited to join classmates and Middle School faculty for a casual virtual meet-up. We will play games, make connections, and learn some fun facts about your new teachers!

Invitation to follow by email. 

Upper School Families Spring Orientation

Wednesday, May 19, 6:15-7:15 p.m.

This virtual event will be an introduction to the Bush Upper School community and a chance to learn about student support through the transition to Upper School, summer reading, and key programs. This event is geared towards students and parents/guardians new to the Upper School to give an overview of what to expect next fall and beyond. 

Invitation to follow by email.

Fly Into Kindergarten!

Friday, May 21, time to be announced 

We are excited to welcome students from the Class of 2034  to campus after school to meet the Kindergarten teachers, check out the classroom spaces, and spend time with new friends. 

Invitation and additional information to follow by email. 

Lower school Parent/Guardian Spring Orientation

Tuesday, May 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

This virtual event will be an introduction to the Bush Lower School community and a chance to learn about the transition to Kindergarten, student support, summer programs, and more. This event is geared towards parents/guardians new to the Lower School to give an overview of what to expect next fall and beyond.


Invitation to follow by email.

K-12 BIPOC Community Reception

Date To Be Announced

We look forward to sharing an evening in community with the newest members of the Bush BIPOC community. 

Invitation and additional information to follow by email. 

We look forward to connecting with you this spring! 

All events, with the exception of Fly Into Kindergarten, will be virtual. 

We are Bush.
We are excited for you to
join the blazer family!
#BlazerBound

Love & Belonging

 

The Lower School community centers love and belonging as core values that define the student and family experience. 

Jonisha Hoang

Third Grade Assistant

What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part is being surrounded by the amazing students that I have the privilege of working with every day, as well as working alongside an awesome group of teaching partners.

Exploration

 

Middle School offers numerous avenues for exploration of new places, new ideas, and new skills. From E-week to E-lectives and more, come see where your explorations will take you. 

Athletics

 

Join the team! Blazer athletics are no-cut and offer opportunities for challenge and growth for athletes at all levels. Lower School students can participate in XC Running and Basketball while Middle School sports include Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate, Volleyball, and XC Running.

Brian Rafferty

Eighth Grade Math

What do you enjoy most about working with Middle School students?  How Middle School students find ways to have fun in every situation imaginable.

What is your proudest accomplishment? Being the first in my family to graduate from college.

Play

 

Lower School faculty honor and cherish childhood and this includes incorporating meaningful play and imagination into each lesson. 

Jeffery Adjei

Lower School Technology

Describe Bush Lower School in 3 words. Diverse, Caring, and Well-Balanced.

What is your favorite part of your job? The favorite part of my job is creating and exploring computer resources with students!

K-12 Community

 

As Seattle's only K-12 school on one campus, Bush offers opportunities for mentorship, leadership, and collaboration for students across all grades. Family Groups bring together students from each grade to connect and share in a hands-on activity several times per year. 

Yaqi Bick

Middle School Mandarin 


Describe Bush Middle School in three words. Nurturing, supportive, and energetic.

What makes you happiest? Witnessing my students' progress and them telling me they really like what we were doing in class.

Learn more about People, Place, and Program at Bush

Connect with Bush Ambassadors and meet your new community!

Parent/guardian ambassadors are available to answer your questions. 

Learn more about the Bush Methow Campus and the many opportunities for exploration for Fifth to Twelfth Grade students.

The Bush Methow Campus is a 20 acre facility in Mazama, WA.

Learn more about the inquiry-based approach to learning and discovery in Lower School

A year-by-year description of core curriculum and specialist classes can be found here

Check out the latest Middle School E-week Catalog and imagine where your adventures will take you over the next three years! 

Departmental curriculum guides are available here.

The 2021-2022 Upper School Curriculum Guide is available here. Inside, you’ll find detailed course descriptions, graduation requirements, and a 4-year planning tool to chart your way through high school. 

Meet the Bush School Team

The Lower and Middle School teams are excited to work with you and answer questions you have this week. Reach out to a member of our team via email with any questions about our program, curriculum, support services, student wellness, or anti-racism and DEI work at Bush.

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Aliya Virani

Lower School Director
 

aliya.virani@bush.edu

Aliya joined The Bush School in 2019. As Director, Aliya guides the Lower School with humor, warmth, and passion and believes in creating an environment in which children are valued as individuals and encouraged to take risks.

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Sally Maxwell

Acting Middle School Director and Academic Dean
 

sally.maxwell@bush.edu

Sally joined Bush four years ago as Academic Dean and has served as Acting Middle School Director for the 2020-2021 school year. Sally is available for questions regarding your family's transition to Bush Middle School.

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Ray Wilson

Upper School Director
 

ray.wilson@bush.edu

Ray has served as Upper School Director for 8 years. This spring, Ray is available to support families and students new to the Upper School through the transition, including with questions around course registration, academic preparedness, and more.

Jose Leonor

José Leonor

Incoming Middle School Director
 

José will join The Bush School as Middle School Director this summer. We are thrilled to have his experience, leadership, and vision in the Middle School. Scroll down to read more about José.

Matt Lai

Matt Lai

Incoming Upper School Director
 

Matt will join the Bush community as the new Upper School Director on July 1, 2021. Matt has held a variety of teaching and administrative roles in his career as an educator and holds a deep commitment to The Bush School's mission and values. Read more about Matt below. 

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Kimberlee Williams

Director of Intercultural Affairs

kimberlee.williams@bush.edu

Kim joined Bush in July 2020 and has partnered with all community members on our journey to becoming an anti-racist institution. Kim works directly with students through affinity groups and classroom connections. She also collaborates with leadership and faculty on curriculum and action items related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Jo Ito

Athletics Director
 

jo.ito@bush.edu

For seven years, Jo has led the Bush Athletics program and built a culture of inclusivity, sportsmanship, and student leadership. His personal favorite sports are soccer and basketball but he is proud of all Blazer sports teams and the success of our athletes!

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Ethan Delavan

Director of Technology
 

ethan.delavan@bush.edu

Ethan oversees the Technology and IT department. Ethan works to ensure that all students are equipped with the technology to be successful at Bush and that teachers are supported in developing new ways of integrating technology in the classroom. 

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Robin Christy

Lower School Learning Specialist

robin.christy@bush.edu

Robin works with students and families to meet students’ learning needs and goals from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. If you have any questions about learning support in the Lower School, please reach out!

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Betsy Wandasiewicz

Middle School Learning Specialist
 

betsy.wandasiewicz@bush.edu

Betsy works with Middle School students and families to meet their learning needs and goals. Betsy has been at The Bush School since 2001 and is also a  parent of three Bush students. If you have questions about accommodations, testing, support services, or neurodiversity at Bush, please reach out!

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Sara Carter

Upper School Learning Specialist and Support Services Chair
 

sara.carter@bush.edu

A proud alumna of Bush, Sara works with students and families to meet students’ learning needs and goals through their four years of high school. If you have any questions about learning support at Bush, please reach out!

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Happy Salinas-Santos, ARNP

School Wellness Coordinator
 

happy.salinas-santos@bush.edu

Happy joined The Bush School in fall of 2020 and has been instrumental in keeping our community safe and healthy through the return to campus this year. In addition to COVID-19 policy and procedures, Happy supports all areas of student health and wellness at Bush. 

Introducing José Leonor and Matt Lai,
Bush's new Middle and upper School Directors

We are pleased to welcome José Leonor as our new Middle School Director and Matt Lai as our new Upper School Director. José and Matt will begin their tenures at The Bush School on July 1, 2021.

José joins the Bush community after many years of teaching and leading in Middle Schools throughout the country, most recently as the Founding Director of Middle School and Associate Head of School at Thaden School in Bentonville, AR. José earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership in Education from Columbia University Teachers College. José is also a proud graduate of Horace Mann School in Bronx, NY and Prep for Prep Contingent XVIII.

In reflecting on his new role at Bush, José shared, “I am very excited to lead the Middle School in the coming years. It became increasingly clear to me during my candidacy that The Bush School is a place where students are encouraged to become their best authentic selves. It was evident that the educators I met love their work with adolescents and enjoy one another to boot. I am looking forward to partnering with faculty and families in support of students’ growth and learning.” José’s warmth, intellectual curiosity, and authentic leadership position him to build our Middle School community for the future.

Matt started his professional career in law and now describes himself as a “recovering lawyer” who found that his true calling was working with students and faculty. He has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions in his educational career, most recently as the Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management at Avenues: The World School. Matt holds a B.A. in Science, Technology & Society with a Concentration in Public Policy and Management, Science & Engineering and an M.A. in Sociology with a Concentration in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University and a J.D. from Columbia School of Law.

Matt was drawn to The Bush School because of its mission and shares, “My family and I are so thrilled to be joining the Bush community! Every person—from students to parents to staff and faculty—whom I’ve met at Bush has been so warm and welcoming. The commitment to learning, equity, and community shines brightly, and everyone’s love for the school has been palpable. I cannot wait to get to know you all this fall.”

Welcome, José and Matt!

WHAT’S NEXT?

Stay tuned for communications throughout the spring and summer with all the information you need for your transition to The Bush School.

Questions about Financial Aid or Budget Planning?

The Tuition and Financial Aid page has some information right away, and we are available to answer any questions. The next step is to contact Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Adam Choice at adam.choice@bush.edu or 206.326.7737.

REACH OUT

We are here for you! In the months ahead, we are here to make sure you get your questions answered, no matter how big or how small. Our admissions team will get you the information you need. To get started, please email us at admissions@bush.edu or contact a member of our team directly.

Get Connected

Follow The Bush School and Bush Admissions on our social media channels including Instagram and Facebook. You can see what’s happening on campus for Lower and Middle School and see posts that highlight the unique programs and experiences of The Bush School.

Show your Blazer pride by sharing a photo with your acceptance package or #BlazerBound poster and tag us @bushadmissions. Welcome to the Blazer family!