Admissions

Applying to Bush

How to Apply

We are excited to get to know you and your family through the admissions process. The application for the 2023-2024 school year is now open. 

The Bush School does not require standardized testing and the admissions process is test-free for applicants to First through Twelfth Grade. Members of the admissions committee will not have access to any ISEE, SSAT, WISC-V, WPPSI-IV, MAP, or other test results, even from applicants who choose to take a test and submit their scores. Please note, Kindergarten applicants will complete an in-person Kindergarten readiness assessment and observation during the admissions process.

We apply a student-focused, holistic approach to the review of applications, with the school’s admissions committee looking at academic transcripts, teacher evaluations and narratives, student essays, extracurricular interests, and community engagement. 

We look forward to working with you through the admissions process. In the meantime, please connect, reach out, and let us know how we can help you.

Admissions FAQs

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  • 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 year, Bush typically welcomes 34 new Kindergarteners, 25-30 new Sixth Grade students, and 25–30 new Ninth Grade students. Openings in other grades vary each year, and depend on the number of returning students and space availability. Typically, the number of available spaces in other grades is not known until we complete re-enrollment with current families in the late winter.
  • 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 how do they commute 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. While we do not currently offer bus transportation through the school, we do publish a zip code directory to assist with carpooling arrangements.

Additional Questions?

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

Join Us for Admissions Events!

Event registration for all events is available via Ravenna.
Please note: for certain events, the minimum application status of "started" or "applied" is required. 
Questions? Email admissions@bush.edu.

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The Bush School is an independent, coeducational day school located in Seattle, WA enrolling 710 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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