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Welcome to Admissions and Financial Aid at The Bush School

The Bush School is a K–12 educational community designed to capture students’ intellectual curiosity and fuel their academic, artistic, athletic, and personal growth.
Since 1924, Bush has trusted its students to take responsibility for their learning — and to be engaged scholars. Bush students grow to be critical, creative, and independent in thought, ethical in judgment and action, and active citizens in the global community. At The Bush School, young people develop into good students and good human beings.

Important Dates

List of 6 items.

  • Saturday, January 7, 2017

    SSAT administered at Bush | 8 a.m.

  • Thursday, February 9, 2017

    Financial aid application deadline

  • Friday, February 24, 2017

    Upper School admissions and financial aid decision notification

  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017

    Upper School reply deadline

  • Friday, March 17, 2017

    Lower & Middle School admissions and financial aid decision notification

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Lower & Middle School reply deadline

Tours & Open Houses

Attend a Campus Tour (optional)

Visit The Bush School campus and see teachers and students in action. Once you have created a student profile on Ravenna, you can sign up for a campus tour online. 

Tours run from October to January, and last an hour and a half. Each tour is given by a member of the admissions staff; parents and guardians only, please.

Registration for Lower and Middle School tours is open on Ravenna. Upper School parent tour dates will be posted by mid-September.

Attend an Open House

An open house is a great way to learn more about the programs and curriculum at Bush directly from teachers, administrators, students, and current parents/guardians. The Bush Open House Program is designed for both prospective parents/guardians and students. 

Middle School Open House (Grades 6–8)
Thursday, November 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Upper School Open House (Grades 9–12)
Wednesday, November 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Lower School Open House (Grades K–5)
Saturday, November 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Kindergarten Information Evening
Monday, December 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (parents/guardians only, please)

Application Process

The Bush School is currently accepting applications for the 2017–2018 school year.

To begin the application process, please begin by creating an account in Ravenna. This will allow you to manage your application online, submitting the preliminary application and $70 application fee as well as any supplemental forms such as teacher evaluations and transcripts. Registration for parent tours, student visits, and open houses can also be accessed through Ravenna.

All application materials must be received on or before January 12, 2017.
1

Schedule Student Visit & Readiness Assessment

After completing the Preliminary Application, applicants may schedule a student visit in Ravenna. A classroom visit and on-site readiness assessment are required for all students applying to Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. The student visit for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Friday, February 3. Visit dates for applicants to Grades 1–5 will be posted by October 1, 2016.
2

Submit Parent/Guardian Statement & Student Voice/Essays

Submit your completed Parent/Guardian Statement and Student Voice (Kindergarten through Fourth Grade) and Student Essay (Fifth Grade) through the Ravenna by January 12, 2017.
3

Submit Request for Records to Current School*

Print and sign the Request for Records form through Ravenna and submit to current school or print from here: Request for Records form. Schools have until the end of January 2017 to submit student records/transcripts.
4

Delegate the Teacher Evaluation Forms

Delegate the Teacher Evaluation forms to your child’s current teacher through Ravenna. First–Fifth Grade applicants are also required to submit an additional Teacher Evaluation form to a classroom teacher from 2015–2016 school year. Teachers are asked to complete and submit the evaluations through the online application by January 12, 2017.
5

Submit Financial Aid Application to SSS

Applicants interested in applying for need based financial aid must submit the financial aid application and family budget through NAIS School and Students Services (SSS) by February 9, 2017. To find out more about the financial aid process visit the Bush Tuition & Financial Aid page.
*First–Fifth Grade Applicants only
1

Schedule Student Visit

After completing the Preliminary Application, applicants may schedule a student visit on Ravenna. During the student visit, applicants have the opportunity to tour the Middle School and participate in an activity with Middle School teachers.
2

Complete ISEE or SSAT

All students applying for Sixth through Eighth Grade must submit Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) scores by the end of January. Follow these links to register your child for the ISEE or SSAT.
3

Submit Parent/Guardian Statement & Student Essays

Submit your completed Parent/Guardian Statement and Student Essays through Ravenna by January 12, 2017.
4

Submit Request for Records to Current School

Print and sign the Request for Records form through Ravenna and submit to current school or print from here: Request for Records form. Schools have until the end of January 2017 to submit student records/transcripts.
5

Delegate the Teacher Evaluation Forms

Delegate the Teacher Evaluation forms to your child’s current English and math teachers through Ravenna. If your child has the same teacher for both subjects, please ask another academic teacher or last year’s teacher to complete the form. The teachers will complete and submit the evaluations through the online application by January 12, 2017.
6

Submit Financial Aid Application to SSS

Applicants interested in applying for need based financial aid must submit the financial aid application and family budget through NAIS School and Students Services (SSS) by February 9, 2017. To find out more about the financial aid process visit the Bush Tuition & Financial Aid page.
1

Schedule Student Visit

After completing the Preliminary Application, applicants may schedule a student visit on Ravenna. During the student visit, applicants have the opportunity to visit Upper School classes and are interviewed by a faculty member.
2

Complete ISEE or SSAT

All students applying for Ninth through Twelfth Grade must submit Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) scores by the end of January. Follow these links to register your child for the ISEE or SSAT.
3

Submit Parent/Guardian Statement & Student Essays

Submit your completed Parent/Guardian Statement and Student Essays through Ravenna by January 12, 2017.
4

Submit Request for Records to Current School

Print and sign the Request for Records form through Ravenna and submit to current school or print from here: Request for Records form. Schools have until the end of January 2017 to submit student records/transcripts.
5

Delegate the Teacher Evaluation Forms

Delegate the Teacher Evaluation forms to your child's current English and math teachers through Ravenna. If your child has the same teacher for both subjects, please ask another academic teacher or last year's teacher to complete the form. The teachers will complete and submit the evaluations through the online application by January 12, 2017.
6

Submit Financial Aid Application to SSS

Applicants interested in applying for need based financial aid must submit the financial aid application and family budget through NAIS School and Students Services (SSS) by February 9, 2017. To find out more about the financial aid process visit the Bush Tuition & Financial Aid page.

Admissions FAQs

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • When is the application deadline?

    All application materials must be submitted by 4 p.m. on the application deadline of January 14, 2016. In the spring and summer, applications are considered on a rolling basis for any grades that have openings.
  • When should I start the application process?

    The application process begins in the fall prior to the year your student would enter Bush (e.g., begin applying in the fall of 2015 for entry in the 2016–2017 school year). While our application deadline is January 14, 2016, applicants are encouraged to complete the application process as soon as possible.
  • How many openings does Bush have each year? What are Bush's major entry years?

    Kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade are the main entry points. Each year, Bush typically welcomes 30–32 kindergarteners, 20–25 new sixth-graders, and 20–25 new ninth graders. Openings in other grades vary each year, and depend on the number of returning students, space availability, and the current gender balance of the class.
  • Is there an age requirement for kindergarten applicants?

    Yes, The Bush School asks that all kindergarten students turn 5 years old by September 1 of their enrollment year.
  • What is your sibling policy?

    The Bush School offers sibling applicants an early admissions process. The early admissions process is for siblings of current Bush students and children of faculty and staff. The early decision process allows families to apply early to Bush and receive early notification of admission. While The Bush School’s program is a good match for the majority of sibling and children of faculty/staff applicants, acceptance is not guaranteed as the admissions process takes into account a complex set of criteria and issues.
  • Does Bush have a wait list?

    A student who has completed the application process by the application deadline and has been deemed admissible by the Admissions Committee may be placed in the Alternate Pool if no spaces are available in the grade to which the student has applied. Students in the Alternate Pool are not ranked, and, should a space become available, the school will offer admission based on the current composition of that grade (including gender balance, interests, diversity, and financial aid, among others). Applicants will remain in the Alternate Pool until the start of school in the year they have applied. There is no multi-year waiting list.
  • Where do Bush students live?

    Bush students live across the greater Seattle area. While most students live within the Seattle city limits, Mercer Island, or the inner Eastside, students travel to Bush from more than 63 zip codes each year.
  • Does Bush provide assistance with transportation?

    The Admissions Office facilitates the creation of carpools by providing lists of families by zip code in early August each year. On-campus parking is available for faculty, staff, and student carpools.
  • Can parents get involved at The Bush School?

    Yes. The Bush School Parent Association (PA), an organization made up of all parents and guardians of Bush students, acts as the main communication link between the parent body and the school. The PA provides wonderful opportunities for parents/guardians to get involved in the community, whether they are able to make a long-term commitment or only have a few hours to spare. Volunteering is an integral part of the Bush experience, whether parents/guardians help in the classroom, organize parent education sessions, serve on a variety of committees on campus, help in planning events, or choose from many other volunteer opportunities on campus.
  • Is The Bush School accredited?

    The Bush School is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the State of Washington. Bush is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS).