Rainier Scholars

Community Partners

The Bush School has been proud to partner with Rainier Scholars as the home of their summer academic enrichment program for over fifteen years. Each year The Bush School also welcomes new cohorts of Scholars to Sixth and Ninth Grade through the admissions process. 

As thriving members of the Bush community, over fifty Scholars have made a positive impact on our school and the greater community over the past two decades. The Bush admissions team works with students enrolled in Rainier Scholars who are also interested in applying to Bush. This webpage is designed to provide information for these Scholars and their families during the application process. We look forward to working with you in the upcoming admissions season.

Head of School Percy L. Abram

We are committed to ensuring the relationship between Rainier Scholars and Bush grows well into the future. As educational organizations, we are stronger together. We will continue to seek new opportunities to partner together in the form of teacher collaboratives, student exchanges, and parent education.

Rainier Scholars Admissions FAQs

List of 4 items.

  • Application Steps

    We look forward to working with you through the application process. Important application steps to remember are:
    • Create an account with Ravenna and begin an application for The Bush School
    Required steps:
    • Submit The Bush School Preliminary Application
    • Schedule Sixth or Ninth Grade Student Visit
    • Request Teacher Evaluations and School Transcripts
    • Complete Parent/Guardian Statement
    • Students complete Student Essay, Student Activities and Interests, Student Short Answers
    Optional additional steps:
    • Visit campus for a tour or event
    • BIPOC Family Panel event
    • Divisional Information Session
  • Financial Aid Application Steps

    • Create an account with School and Student Services (SSS)
    • Submit the Parent Financial Statement (PFS)
      • This step takes approximately 45 minutes to complete
      • In Section 20 Other Considerations, please include any information that would be helpful for the financial aid committee to know about your family’s financial circumstances
    • Upload copies of the most recent (2020) tax forms for all parents/guardians*
      • Includes 1040 forms, W2 statements, any relevant business tax forms if applicable
    • All steps must be complete by Thursday, February 3 2022
    *If your family has questions regarding your individual financial circumstances, please contact Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Adam Choice at or (206) 326-7737.
  • Financial Aid: A Comprehensive Support Program

    Families who receive financial aid for tuition at The Bush School also receive financial support for additional costs of attendance. The goal of the financial aid program is to allow students and families to access the full educational experience at Bush without financial barriers to participation. Certain additional costs are automatically covered through financial aid, while other costs require families to specifically request financial aid.
    Item / Program
    Financial Aid: Covered in Full
    Textbooks / Graphing Calculators
    $400 (Middle School) / $500 (Upper School) financial aid credit
    FA available to students who qualify for free and reduced lunch in regional public schools.
    Cascades (Upper School)
    Covered in full / Additional fees for some Intercultural and International Travel Programs (FA available by request)
    E-week (Middle School)
    Covered in full / Additional fees for some Intercultural and International Travel Programs (FA available by request)
    Covered in full
    Lower School Overnight Trips (Grades 3-5)
    Covered in full
    Celebrate Bush
    Covered in full
    Item / Program
    Financial Aid: Percentage Applied
    Tutoring and testing
    FA % applied to services recommended by Support Services
    Field Trips
    Cost of many field trips are covered / In instance where there is an additional fee the FA % applied
    Lower School Extended Day
    FA % applied
    Middle School Extended Day
    Free to all families
    Middle and Upper School Laptop
    FA % applied
    FA % applied
    Middle School Wilderness Trips
    FA % applied
    Test fees (SAT, ACT, AP)
    FA % applied
    Event / Program
    Financial Aid: Available by Request
    Families Association Events
    FA available by request
    Summer Programs
    FA available by request for summer academic courses recommended by faculty/advisor.
    Student conferences
    FA available by request
    FA available by request
    Senior Dinner
    FA available by request
  • Transportation to Bush

    The Bush School is excited to officially announce a school-sponsored bus service beginning in the 2023-2024 school year. The school has partnered with Zūm Transportation Services to provide bus transportation for K-12 students to and from campus. 

    Starting the first day of school, Wednesday, August 30, Bush will offer two bus routes, one on the Eastside that starts in Redmond and travels across the I-90 bridge, and one from South Seattle that begins near Renton and travels north. See additional bus route details, planned stops, and other key information on our transportation webpage here.
Rainier Scholars cultivates the academic potential and leadership skills of hard-working, underrepresented students of color.

By creating access to transformative educational and career opportunities and providing comprehensive support to scholars and families, we increase college graduation rates and empower new generations of leaders.

The Bush School mission: To spark in students of diverse backgrounds and talents a passion for learning, accomplishment, and contributions to their communities.
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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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The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment, recruitment, admissions, or administration of any of its programs on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. In addition, The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment on the basis of age or marital status.
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