• Welcome to the Bush School


      Welcome to the Bush School

Congratulations! Welcome Newly Admitted Students and Families

Congratulations on your acceptance to The Bush School! We had hoped to show you our campus in person this week, but instead we have put together lots of new ways for you to connect with our community remotely. We hope you will take time to explore this web page designed for newly admitted families, attend some of our upcoming virtual events, and connect with volunteers or staff over email, phone, or Zoom.

Today, we know that community is more important than ever, and we are excited about the possibility of having you join the Bush community.

Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Adam Choice welcomes you to The Bush School!
Congratulations on your acceptance to Bush, and we look forward to connecting and sharing information with you this week.

This past week, our teachers and students have moved mountains to adjust to a new way of teaching, learning, and holding community. We made this video earlier this school year which allows you to see, firsthand, the power of connection in a Bush education. The relationship between faculty and students is at the heart of our community.

Get Connected

Explore the Bush website for information on athletics, arts, intercultural affairs, school leadershipsupport services, the Bush Methow Campus, extended daysummer programs, and more.

Follow The Bush School on our social media channels including 
         where you can find out the latest on how Bush students and teachers are embracing remote schooling, and see posts throughout the week that will give you a window into campus life.

Take the Next Step

Let us help you with your financial aid questions. Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Adam Choice is here to help you and answer any questions you have about financial aid or budgeting tuition. Reach out to Adam at adam.choice@bush.edu or 206.326.7737.

You’re in. Now, make it official. Ready to sign and submit the enrollment agreement? The first step is to jump up and down and cheer! Woo hoo! Next, check your email inbox for the Ravenna email with the links to your child’s enrollment agreement and invoice. More questions on how to complete enrollment, check out The Bush School’s Quick Resource Guide: Online Enrollment or email admissions@bush.edu.

Lower School (Kindergarten-Fifth Grade)

Welcome New Families! Our Lower School program is steeped in inquiry and play, which together build a strong foundation for a K-12 education. Connect with our Lower School Team to learn more about the Kindergarten through Fifth Grade curriculum, specialty classes, RULER and socio-emotional learning, extended day, the Bush House program & being a part of a K-12 community, Families Assoication affinity groups, and much, much more.

Lower School Team

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Middle School (Sixth-Eighth Grade)

Welcome New Families! Bush Middle School students develop their identities and passions through exploring opportunities for learning inside and outside the classroom. Connect with our Middle School Team to learn more about MESH (Math, English, Science, and History) classes, arts, technology, human relations and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work, experiential programming like E-lective and E-week, Blazer athletics, the Bush Methow campus, orientation and fall retreats, and much, much more.

Middle School Team

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Admissions Team

We are here for you! In the week ahead, we are going to make sure you get your questions answered, no matter how big or how small. Our admissions team will get you the information you need. To get started, please email us or reach out to admissions@bush.edu.

Polly Fredlund, Director of Enrollment Management and Communications
Polly oversees enrollment management and communications at The Bush School. She is a jane-of-all-trades and can answer any question ranging from curriculum to extended day. Polly is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community and loves to share her experiences as a Bush Middle and Upper School parent.

Adam Choice, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
Adam leads the K-12 admissions and financial aid program at Bush. He is here to answer any questions about financial aid and tuition. Adam supports students in every way and attends all the school plays, music performances, and athletic events. He recently brought his talents to the faculty/staff-student basketball game where the students got to cheer him on. He is excited to share more with you about our school community and the ways in which students and families are valued, seen, and heard.

Casi Lund, Assistant Director of Admissions
Casi works with applicant families applying to the Lower School and Middle School. She hosted all of our student visits and read every application. She is so excited to connect with you this week and welcome your family to Bush! Casi has lived all over the world including Malaysia and Senegal. She is a great resource for learning more about a range of topics including Bush's Kindergarten curriculum, experiential education, and orientation programs.

Colleen Carroll, Admissions and Communications Coordinator
Colleen speaks fluent Spanish and is the Ravenna expert on our team. She can help with questions about the online enrollment agreement and is a Blazer encyclopedia. Colleen packed all the acceptance packages landing on doorsteps this week. She worked in the Lower School last year and is excited to play four square with the Class of 2033 during recess this coming fall.

Erica Richards, Admissions Associate - Event and Parent Volunteer Coordinator
Erica is a rocket scientist (literally!) and is coordinating our virtual decision week events. She is here to connect you with any of our amazing parent ambassadors with similar interests. She is ready to answer your questions about using Zoom for our virtual events. We can't wait to launch our first virtual events with Erica in the pilot seat!

Learn More: People, Place, and Program

Learn more about the people, place and program at The Bush School by connecting with experts in curriculum and programming, diversity, arts, athletics, technology, the Bush Methow Campus, and the Families Association. Bush staff and parent volunters are excited to talk to you. Click on the names below to send an email and ask your questions. You can set-up a time to talk over the phone or schedule a converation over Zoom. Each newly admitted family will also recieve a "welcome" phone call this week from an current parent who is part of the Bush admissions ambassador program. 

Curriculum and Programming
Sally Maxwell, Academic Dean

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Adam Choice, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
*New Director of Intercultural Affairs Kimberlee Williams begins July 1, 2020.

Arts - Music, Fine Arts, and Drama
Marilyn Smith, Department Chair - Fine Arts
Jeremy Bryan, Department Chair - Performing Arts


Jo Ito, Athletic Director

Bush Methow Campus
Hilary Kaltenbach, Methow Campus Coordinator

Families Association

Christina Brinker, Families Association President

COVID-19 Updates

For the most current information about how The Bush School is responding to the COVID-19 health emergency, please visit The Bush School’s COVID-19 Information webpage.

Register Now Virtual Events

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  • Families of Color Welcome Reception

    Welcome & Breakout Groups with Bush Staff and Parent Volunteers
    Monday, March 23 at 11:00 -11:45 a.m.

    Parents/guardians of students of color are invited to attend a virtual gathering to connect with members of the Bush community. Click here to register for this event.
  • Welcome to Lower School Panel

    Coffee with Percy, Aliya, and Leah
    Tuesday, March 24 at 11:00-11:45 a.m.

    Parents/guardians of newly admitted students are invited to join a virtual coffee chat with Head of School, Dr. Percy Abram, Lower School Director, Aliya Virani, and Lower School Counselor, Leah Brown. This is an opportunity to ask questions, hear about Lower School programs, and learn more about the Bush community. Grab a cup of coffee and join us! Click here to register for this event.
  • Welcome to Middle School Panel

    Coffee Q&A with Percy, Jay, and Laurie
    Tuesday, March 24 at 1:00-1:45 p.m.

    Parents/guardians of newly admitted students are invited to join a virtual coffee chat with Head of School, Dr. Percy Abram, Middle School Director, Jay Franklin, Assistant Director of Middle School Laurie Mathews, and other members of the Bush community. This is an opportunity to ask questions, hear about middle school programs, and learn more about the Bush School experience. Click here to register for this event.
  • Middle School Student Panel

    Middle School Admitted Students
    Tuesday, March 24 at 3:00-3:45 p.m.

    Newly admitted Middle School students are invited to join an online student panel and Q&A to hear from current Bush middle school students about life at the Bush Middle School. Click here to register for this event.

If you are new to Zoom or need tech support to get set up for virtual events, email admissions@bush.edu.


To spark in students of diverse backgrounds and talents a passion for learning, accomplishment, and contribution to their communities


Trust, Collaboration, Curiosity, Inclusivity, Challenge

Educational Foundations

  • Critical, independent, and creative thinking
  • Ethical judgment and action
  • Intercultural fluency
  • Local and global citizenship