— Helen Taylor Bush, founder

Congratulations, YOU'RE IN! Now, Make it official.

Welcome to The Bush School! You did it. This is your moment. Your hard work has paid off, and we are thrilled to welcome you to our school community. Join our bright, driven, and heart-centered Blazer family and get ready to be part of a high school experience that places you at the center of it all.

Bush students share many traits: They’re smart, inclusive, looking to make a difference in the world, and are driven by their passions whether it’s music, robotics, sports, or social justice. Get to know The Bush School through our interactive and comprehensive webpage designed for newly admitted families. Join us for a virtual event, connect with our student and parent/guardian ambassadors, talk with a member of the Upper School team over email, phone, or Zoom. Head out on a virtual campus tour and discover the people, place, and program that make The Bush School unique.

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

Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Adam Choice welcomes you to The Bush School! Congratulations on your acceptance to Bush, and we look forward to connecting and sharing information this week.

The admissions team has been busy preparing the welcome packages for our newly admitted students. To get these packages in the mail and on your doorstep, we enlisted the help of a few more friends in the Upper School. 

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Welcome Week Virtual Events

BIPOC Admitted Families Reception

Monday, February 22, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Newly admitted students and parents/guardians who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are invited to attend a virtual welcome reception to connect with members of the Bush community. This event is intended as an affinity space for students and families that share identity layers and experiences
Click here to register for this event.

Preview Day Virtual Classroom Visit

Tuesday, February 23, 4:00-4:45 p.m.
Newly admitted Upper School students are invited to attend a special class with Upper School Computer Science teacher Chandru Narayan. The hallmarks of our in-person teaching and learning are also what make remote classes in the Upper School strong and dynamic. Parents/guardians are welcome too! We look forward to engaging with you.
Click here to register for this event. 

Upper School Admitted Parent/Guardian Reception

Tuesday, February 23, 6:00-7:15 p.m.
All parents/guardians of newly admitted students are invited to join Head of School Percy Abram and members of the Upper School community for a virtual welcome reception. Hear from students, faculty, and staff about their Upper School experiences and connect with members of our community.
Click here to register for this event. 

Parent/Guardian Lunch with the Upper School

Wednesday, February 24, 12:00-12:45 p.m.
Join Head of School Percy Abram, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Adam Choice, Upper School faculty, and students for lunch this Wednesday! This is an opportunity for parents/guardians of newly admitted students to ask questions in a casual setting.
Click here to register for this event.

Upper School Student Life Event

Wednesday, February 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Newly admitted Upper School students are invited to join an online student panel and Q&A to learn more about Bush athletics, clubs, affinity groups, and extra-curricular opportunities in the Upper School. We look forward to sharing more about these fun and exciting components of the Upper School student life experience!
Click here to register for this event. 

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We are excited for you to be
#BlazerBound!

Athletics

 

Join the team! Bush athletes lead with sportsmanship and teamwork. Sports offered: Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Golf, Ultimate, Cross Country Skiing, Track and Field.

Rachana Agarwal

Upper School English

What do you like most about teaching Upper School students? I love their intellectual curiosity and willingness to explore new subjects.

Music

 

With a music program based in original composition, student musicians develop their passion and learn new skills.

Cascades

 

The Cascades program is a three-week immersive experience at the end of Spring semester. Travel across the US or the globe, or dive deeply into social, cultural, or intellectual topics in our community.

Christine Miller

Upper School Math


Describe Bush Upper School in three words. Kind, warm, and inspiring.

Visual Arts

 

Visual arts offerings include photography, painting, ceramics, metalworking, printmaking, and more.

Theater

 

The Bush theater program is no-cut and open to all aspiring thespians.

Will Baber

Upper School Technology and Yearbook

How long have you been at Bush? 13 years as a student and 15 years as a teacher.

Learn more about People, Place, and Program in the Upper School

Connect with Upper School Ambassadors and meet your new community!

Learn more about the New Upper School Building, scheduled to open February 2022.

Check out the latest Upper School Curriculum Guide and sample Cascades offerings and chart your course through the next four years.

Meet the Upper School Team

The Upper School team is 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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Ray Wilson

Upper School Director
 

ray.wilson@bush.edu

Ray has led the Upper School for eight years, positively impacting academic programming and school culture. Ray looks forward to welcoming new students and families to Bush before stepping into a leadership position at a new school July 1, 2021. To read more about this Upper School Team leadership transition, scroll below.

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Kelsey Medrano

Assistant Director of Upper School
 

kelsey.medrano@bush.edu

Kelsey joined Bush in 2011 as a biology teacher and has been the Assistant Director of Upper School since 2017. She is the campus coordinator for Bush’s partnership with Global Online Academy and enjoys sharing her passion for learning with Upper School students. 

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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 Upper School students through affinity groups and collaborates with leadership and faculty around student needs and action items related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Jo Ito

Director of Athletics
 

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. For both on-campus and remote learning, 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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Kristin McInaney

Experiential Program Manager and Ninth Grade Dean

kristin.mcinaney@bush.edu

Kristin has been at Bush for 22 years. As Ninth Grade Dean, Kristin supports students and families in the transition to Upper School, including helping with course selection, schedules, and community-building at the fall retreat. She also serves as the Experiential Programs Manager, which includes oversight of the Cascades Program.

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John Ganz

Upper School Counselor
 

john.ganz@bush.edu

John supports Upper School students through their four years and works in concert with the rest of the Wellness and Support teams to guide students through the triumphs and challenges of adolescence. John has been a valuable part of the Bush community for over thirty years.

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Maria Mathiesen

Upper School Counselor
 

maria.mathiesen@bush.edu

Maria joined Bush in 2017 from Seattle Children’s and has been a vital part of the Wellness and Support team ever since. In addition to her individual work with students, Maria serves as faculty advisor to the Black Student Union, Blazers of Color, Multiracial Student Affinity Group, and the One Love Club.

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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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Sloan Chong

Upper School Learning Specialist
 

sloan.chong@bush.edu

Sloan works with Sara to support students’ learning needs and goals. She is available to answer questions about learning plans, student support, and classroom accommodations.

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Starsky Ganz

Facility Dog
 

Starsky is a certified facility dog. Starsky works with John Ganz and together with Yoshi brings comfort and joy to the Bush community. His interests include fetching sticks and playing in water. Starsky loves the pets and attention he gets from our students as much as the students love him.

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Yoshi Mathiesen

Therapy Dog
 

Yoshi works with Maria Mathiesen and completed therapy dog certification in 2019. Together with Starsky, Yoshi brings comfort and joy to the Bush community. Yoshi’s interests include chasing, catching, and retrieving balls. Yoshi loves being a therapy dog where her “job” is to snuggle with students all day.

Meet the Upper School College Counselors Melissa Lanctot and Jim Sargent and learn about the program by watching the video here.

Upper School Team Leadership Transition

We wanted to share with newly admitted families that Upper School Director Ray Wilson will be departing Bush for a leadership opportunity at a new school starting summer 2021. We are grateful to Ray for his leadership of the Upper School over his eight years at Bush. Ray has made valuable contributions to the school’s academic program and school culture, including introducing the Upper School’s Cascades program, focusing attention on student mental health and positive relationships through partnerships with Challenge Success, Forefront, and One Love, and ushering in a new daily and year-round schedule that reduced student stress. He looks forward to welcoming all the newly admitted students and families to our community for decision week and throughout the spring as you prepare for your transition to The Bush School.

Head of School Percy Abram has retained executive placement firm Carney Sandoe and Associates, and a national search is underway for a permanent Upper School Director who will begin July 1, 2021. We are pleased to share that we have an outstanding pool of candidates who are poised to bring the experience, vision, and warmth necessary to lead the division in a manner consistent with our community’s values and school’s mission. Please join us in thanking Ray for his service and wishing him well in this next appointment.

WHAT’S NEXT?

You’re in, now make it official!

Sign the Enrollment Agreement and submit the non-refundable deposit by Friday, February 26, 2021 to confirm your enrollment in Bush Upper School for the 2021-2022 school year.

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 week 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 find out the latest on the Bush Upper School hybrid learning model and see posts that highlight the unique programs and experiences of Upper School life.

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