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The Office of Admissions COVID-19 Update

Given the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19 on student learning and educational experiences, The Bush School is implementing changes to the admissions process for the 2020-2021 school year. The school remains committed to supporting all families through the application process, with a focus on equity and access. As part of this commitment, and acknowledging the challenges with access to testing due to the pandemic, The Bush School will not require standardized testing for the 2020-2021 admissions season for applicants to Sixth through Twelfth Grade. 
The Bush School application process is guided by a mission-aligned admissions process that takes into consideration a broad range of factors--experiences, attributes, and academic and community engagement--when reviewing applications. We will continue to 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. Please note, members of the admissions committee will not have access to any ISEE or SSAT results, even from applicants who choose to take a test and submit their scores.

Additionally, in prioritizing the safety of all community members and applicants, the Office of Admissions will not be hosting any in-person events for the upcoming admissions season. We are excited to share with you the multitude of opportunities to virtually get to know our community and campus when applications for the 2021-2022 school year go live mid-September.

Should any questions arise through the upcoming admissions season, Please do not hesitate to reach out to any members of the Admissions Office. We look forward to supporting your family through the upcoming admissions season.


How to Apply

The Bush School uses a web-based application system called Ravenna for the submission of online applications. Families can use Ravenna to manage their applications from start to finish, including the submission of preliminary and supplemental application forms and registration for parent tours, student visits, and open houses.

Families new to the application process can create an account on Ravenna to get started. Once you have created an account, search for The Bush School to start your application. If you are having difficulty creating an account or logging into Ravenna, please contact customercare@ravennasolutions.com.

The Bush School is now accepting applications! Please visit Ravenna to start an application.
Please note, our phone system is currently down. Please email any questions to admissions@bush.edu

In the admissions process, The Bush School does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of gender, religion, creed, national origin, race, color, ethnicity, cultural background, family structure or sexual orientation.


Lower School

List of 9 items.

  • Preliminary Application & Fee Payment

    Once you have created an account for your student in Ravenna, complete the preliminary application by filling out some basic information about your applicant and family. Once complete, payment of a $70 application fee is required in order to submit this form. Families applying for financial aid may request a fee waiver by contacting our office at (206) 326-7736 or admissions@bush.edu.
  • Schedule Student Visit & Readiness Assessment

    All student visits are scheduled through Ravenna. Please note, you must first submit the Preliminary Application and application fee in order to schedule a student visit.
  • Attend Lower School Information Session (optional)

    Lower School Information Sessions take place virtually via Zoom. They include an overview of the admissions process, information about Lower School curriculum and programming, and a question and answer session with the Lower School Division Director, Aliya Virani, and a panel of faculty, support staff, and other key personnel.
  • Kindergarten

    Due to COVID-19 and prioritizing the safety of all community members, the Office of Admissions will not host in-person Kindergarten assessments. More information on alternative options will be provided soon.
  • Grades 1–5

    Due to limited space, The Bush School does not offer individual visits for applicants to Grades 1–5 during the application period. All applicants are encouraged to engage with the Bush virtual campus tour to gain a better sense of the Bush community. Families will also have the opportunity to connect with members of the Bush community throughout the admissions season.
  • 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 14, 2021.
  • Submit Request for Records to Current School

    Applicants to Grades 1–5: Print and sign the Request for Records form through Ravenna and submit to your student’s current school. Schools have until the end of January 2021 to submit student records/transcripts, and may do so either electronically via Ravenna or via email to admissions@bush.edu or by mail to:

    The Bush School
    Attn: Admissions
    3400 East Harrison Street
    Seattle, WA 98112

    Please note, Kindergarten applicants do not need to submit any school records.
  • Delegate 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 2019–2020 school year. Teachers are asked to complete and submit the evaluations through the online application by January 14, 2021.
  • 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 January 14, 2021. To find out more about the financial aid process visit the Bush Tuition & Financial Aid page.

Middle School

List of 7 items.

  • Preliminary Application & Fee Payment

    Once you have created an account for your student in Ravenna, complete the preliminary application by filling out some basic information about your applicant and family. The preliminary application takes approximately 10 minutes to fill out. Once complete, payment of a $70 application fee is required in order to submit this form. Families applying for financial aid may request a fee waiver by contacting our office at (206) 326-7736 or admissions@bush.edu.

    Please note, the sooner the preliminary application has been submitted, the earlier you can schedule the required student visit.
  • Schedule Student Visit

    Sixth Grade Applicants
    After completing the preliminary application, applicants to Sixth Grade may schedule a virtual student visit on Ravenna. During the student visit, applicants have the opportunity to meet current students and participate in an activity with Middle School teachers. Student visits will take place in November, December and January.

    Seventh and Eighth Grade Applicants
    Due to limited space, The Bush School does not offer individual visits for applicants to Seventh and Eighth Grade during the application period. All applicants are encouraged to engage with the Bush virtual campus tour to gain a better sense of the Bush community. Families will also have the opportunity to connect with members of the Bush community during the admissions season.
  • Attend Middle School Information Session (optional)

    Middle School Information Sessions take place virtually via Zoom. They include an overview of the admissions process, information about Upper School curriculum and programming, and a question and answer session with the Interim Middle School Division Director, Sally Maxwell, and a panel of support staff, current parents/guardians, and other key personnel. Information sessions are for parents/guardians only.
  • Submit Parent/Guardian Statement & Student Essays

    Submit your completed Parent/Guardian Statement and Student Essays through Ravenna by January 14, 2021.
  • Submit Request for Records to Current School

    Print and sign the Request for Records form through Ravenna and submit to your student’s current school. Schools have until the end of January 2021 to submit student records/transcripts, and may do so either electronically via Ravenna or via email to admissions@bush.edu or by mail to:

    The Bush School
    Attn: Admissions
    3400 East Harrison Street
    Seattle, WA 98112
  • Delegate the Teacher Evaluation Forms

    Delegate the Teacher Evaluation forms to your child’s 1) current teacher for the 2020-2021 school year and 2) previous teacher from the 2019-2020 school year through Ravenna. If your child has the same teacher for both years, please ask another academic or specialist teacher to complete the form. Teachers must complete and submit the evaluations by January 14, 2021.
  • 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 January 14, 2021. To find out more about the financial aid process visit the Bush Tuition & Financial Aid page.

Upper School

List of 7 items.

  • Preliminary Application & Fee Payment

    Once you have created an account for your student in Ravenna, complete the preliminary application by filling out some basic information about your applicant and family. The preliminary application takes approximately 10 minutes to fill out. Once complete, payment of a $70 application fee is required in order to submit this form. Families applying for financial aid may request a fee waiver by contacting our office at (206) 326-7736 or admissions@bush.edu.

    Please note, the sooner the preliminary application has been submitted, the earlier you can schedule the required student visit.
  • Schedule Student Visit

    After completing the Preliminary Application, applicants may schedule a virtual student visit on Ravenna. During their student visit, applicants will participate in an interview and attend a student panel with current Upper School students.
  • Attend Upper School Information Session (optional)

    Upper School Information Sessions take place virtually via Zoom. They include an overview of the admissions process, information about Upper School curriculum and programming, and a question and answer session with the Upper School Division Director, Ray Wilson, and a panel of faculty, students, and other key personnel. Information sessions are for parents/guardians only.

     
     
  • Submit Parent/Guardian Statement & Student Essays

    Submit your completed Parent/Guardian Statement and Student Essays through Ravenna by January 14, 2021.
  • Submit Request for Records to Current School

    Print and sign the Request for Records form through Ravenna and submit to your student’s current school. Schools have until the end of January 2021 to submit student records/transcripts, and may do so either electronically via Ravenna or via email to admissions@bush.edu or by mail to:

    The Bush School
    Attn: Admissions
    3400 East Harrison Street
    Seattle, WA 98112
  • Delegate the Teacher Evaluation Forms

    Delegate the Teacher Evaluation forms on Ravenna to your child’s 1) current English or language arts teacher 2) current math teacher 3) previous academic teacher from the 2019-2020 school year. If your child has the same teacher for both subjects, please ask another academic or specialist teacher to complete the form. Teachers must complete and submit the evaluations by January 14, 2021.
  • 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 January 14, 2021. To find out more about the financial aid process visit the Bush Tuition & Financial Aid page.

Admissions FAQ

List of 16 frequently asked questions.

  • When is the application deadline?

    All application materials must be submitted by 4 p.m. on January 14, 2021. Once this deadline has passed, applications are considered on a rolling basis in the spring and summer 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 2020 for entry in the 2021–22 school year). While our application deadline is January 14, 2021, applicants are encouraged to begin the process as soon as possible.
  • 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.
  • 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, space availability, and the current gender balance of the class.
  • What is the size of the school? What is an average class size?

    Enrollment at The Bush School is approximately 694 students Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade. Core class sizes are an average of sixteen students, while elective courses in Middle and Upper School may be smaller.
  • 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 is your sibling policy?

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

    A student who has completed the application process by the deadline and has been deemed admissible by the Admissions Committee may be placed in the alternate pool if spaces are available in the grade to which the student has applied. Students in the alternate pool are not ranked. Should 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 the school year. There is no multi-year waiting list.
  • 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 fifty-nine different zip codes each year. While we do not offer bus transportation through the school, we do publish a zip code directory each summer to assist with carpooling arrangements.
  • How do parents get involved at The Bush School?

    The Bush School Families Association (FA) is an organization made up of all parents and guardians of Bush students. The FA acts as the main communication link between the parent body and the school; they provide 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 and guardians help in the classroom, organize parent education sessions, serve on various committees, help plan events, or choose from many other volunteering 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).
  • What kinds of learning support services are available to students?

    The Bush School is committed to helping each student become an independent, successful learner. Support at The Bush School starts with the prioritization of individual attention. Bush's learning environment emphasizes kindness and understanding within the community, so students are free to focus on their learning. Bush faculty members are dedicated to helping all students in all matters.

    When a teacher determines that a student may need assistance beyond the individual help that the teacher can provide, the issue is raised with the appropriate adults in the community, including parents/guardians, advisors, support personnel, and administration. Communication among all parties is timely, frequent, and detailed.

    Specialized support personnel in each division fortify student efforts academically, developmentally, emotionally, and physically. A variety of personnel and programs contribute to the cognitive, social, psychological, and emotional development of the whole child through prevention, intervention, and support.
  • What is the Middle School E-lective program?

    E-lectives are an experiential program where Middle School students discover new interests, develop interpersonal, collaborative, and leadership skills, and take on real or perceived risks in a safe and nurturing environment.

    Students experience a range of different activities: some familiar, and some that present new and exciting challenges. The E-lective program runs throughout the school year on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:25 p.m. and on Fridays from 1:45 to 3:25 p.m., and provides every student with the opportunity to explore and develop lifelong skills and interests.

    E-lectives focus on five essential elements: critical thinking, creativity, community, collaboration, and challenge. As the core experiential program in the Middle School, E-lectives build on skills learned in the classroom and enhance the learning process outside the classroom, necessary elements in educating the whole child.

    Over the course of a three-year period, students can take up to eighteen E-lective courses. During those three years, students are required to take a variety of E-lectives from the seven categories:

    Categories of E-lectives:
    1. Athletics/Team
    2. Arts
    3. Service Learning/Community Engagement
    4. Global Issues/Sustainability
    5. STEM
    6. Wilderness/Wilderness Skills
    7. Physical Fitness/Mindfulness
  • What is the Cascades Immersion Program?

    The Cascades Immersion Program is an essential part of the Upper School experience. The Bush School divides the Upper School program into two semesters in the fall and spring, and two three-week Cascades terms in the winter and spring.  During each Cascade, students take a single interdisciplinary course of study, led by interdepartmental teaching teams. These thematic immersive experiences are comprised of students across all Upper School grade levels.
     
    Cascades are academically engaging, challenging, and require students to solve complex problems and face real-life challenges both on- and off-campus. Examples of Cascades include: Social Justice Filmmaking; Music and Radio Production; Death Valley, Desert Ecology, and Climate Change; Morocco Cultural Immersion.
  • Is after school care available?

    After school care is available to Lower and Middle School students through our Extended Day program. The Bush School's Extended Day Program is a child-centered environment focused on the development of social skills, intellectual curiosity, self-esteem, and a sense of responsibility for one’s own actions. Extended Day runs from dismissal to 6 p.m. Special schedules are communicated ahead of time.

    Extended Day meets the needs of students through a variety of activities and programs, ranging from free play to guided experiences in art, science, music, and physical education. Students can use the resources of the library as well as a large assortment of materials in the Extended Day main room. After-school clubs consist of enrichment courses inspired by Bush's progressive, hands-on approach and are taught by quality contractors. Offerings include robotics, LEGO engineering, Mandarin, sewing, chess club, smart art, and more.
  • What sports are offered for Bush students?

    70% of Bush students participate in the athletic program, which provides opportunities for continued physical, social, and personal development in a competitive, challenging, and supportive environment. Bush follows a no-cut philosophy, which allows any student who demonstrates interest and commitment to participate.

    Visit the Athletics section of our website to view our Team List.

Admissions

Important Dates

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Application Deadline (all supplemental materials due)

Thursday, February 4, 2021
Financial Aid Deadline

Friday, February 19, 2021
Upper School Admissions Decisions Released via Ravenna

Friday, February 26, 2021
Upper School Reply Deadline

Friday, March 19, 2021
Lower and Middle School Admissions Decisions Released via Ravenna

Friday, March 26, 2021
Lower and Middle School Reply Deadline