Applying to Bush

How to Apply

The application deadline for the 2024-2025 school year was Thursday, January 11, 2024. We are no longer accepting additional applications. 

If you would be interested in applying should we reopen our application, please complete our Rolling Admissions Inquiry Form.

The Bush School does not require standardized testing (SSAT or ISEE) for applicants in grades 1-12. Applicants to Kindergarten will complete a Kindergarten Readiness Assessment during their on-campus visit day in February.

2023-2024 Admissions Season Key Dates

  • September 2023: Application available via Ravenna
  • October 2023: Lower, Middle, and Upper School Open Houses See dates and registration information on our events page
  • January 11, 2024: Application deadline 
  • February 1, 2024: Financial Aid application deadline
  • February 23, 2024: Upper School admissions decisions released
  • March 22, 2024: Lower and Middle School admissions decisions released
If you have questions about an application in process, please reach out to our office at (206) 326-7736 or email

Admissions FAQs

List of 5 items.

  • What are Bush’s major entry points? How many openings does Bush have each year?

    Kindergarten, Sixth Grade, and Ninth Grade are the main entry points at The Bush School. Each application cycle, Bush typically welcomes 36 new Kindergarteners, 25-30 new Sixth Grade students, and 25–30 new Ninth Grade students.

    The number of openings in other grades varies each year and is typically not known until we complete re-enrollment with current families in the late winter. If your student will be entering a grade outside of our main entry points, we still encourage you to apply and all completed applications will be considered for open spaces.
  • Is there an age requirement for Kindergarten applicants?

    The Bush School requires that all Kindergarten students be five years of age by September 1 of their enrollment year.
  • What kinds of learning support services are available to students?

    The Bush School K-12 Support Services team provides support to individual students, small groups, classes, and families, focusing on student wellbeing, social-emotional learning, and academic needs. Learning Specialists and Counselors in each division work together to meet students’ goals and needs and, when appropriate, connect families with outside resources for additional learning or therapeutic support.

    Learning Support at Bush is an accommodations-based program supporting students with disabilities who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Accommodations at Bush provide access to our academic program but do not alter or modify curriculum nor do they change what a student is expected to master in the class content.

    Student academic and social-emotional support at Bush is holistic, developmentally appropriate, and interdisciplinary, connecting learning specialists, counselors, the School Wellness Coordinator, teachers, administrators, and families in a network of support to keep students safe, provide opportunities for growth, and meet students’ academic goals from Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade.

    Learn more on the Support Services page.
  • Does Bush accept international applicants?

    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.
  • Where do Bush students live and is there a bus to school?

    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.

    Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, the Blazer Bus Program will serve students traveling from South Seattle and the Eastside. The school has partnered with Zum Transportation Services to provide bus transportation for K-12 students to and from campus. Additionally, we publish a zip code directory to assist with carpooling arrangements for families outside of the bus routes. 

    To learn more about the Bush transportation program, click here

Additional Questions?

Contact and we will connect you with the team member who can best answer your questions.

Join Us for Admissions Events!

We offer a variety of in-person and virtual events during the admissions season to help your family learn about the Bush programs, community, and student and family experience. Event registration for all events will open via Ravenna in September. Click here for a full description of available events

Please note: for certain events, the minimum application status of "started" or "applied" is required. 

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The Bush School is an independent, coeducational day school located in Seattle, WA enrolling 715 students in grades K–12. The mission of The Bush School is to spark in students of diverse backgrounds and talents a passion for learning, accomplishment, and contribution to their communities.

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