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Welcome

Graduates of The Bush School are sought after by a wide range of highly selective colleges and universities. Each year, admissions officers from more than 100 colleges and universities visit Bush to meet with students.
Bush's College Counseling Office guides students through a process of carefully identifying and applying to colleges and universities that suit each individual student. This demystifies the college admissions process and allows students and their families space for reflection as they evaluate the diversity and quality that exists within a wide range of institutions of higher education.

The combination of the strength of Bush's program and the personalized and holistic approach of the College Counseling Office enables Bush students to fully understand and carefully consider the breadth of amazing options available to them post-graduation. 

To learn more about the Bush college process contact Director of College Counseling Melissa Lanctot at Melissa.Lanctot@bush.edu 

The Bush School’s College Counseling Office

We believe in supporting students as they blaze a trail through a reflective, joyful, and human journey to an institution that will bring out their best and prepare them for a lifetime of learning and fulfillment. Through introspection and critical analysis of the college admissions process, students are empowered to confidently select their next community based on its academic, personal, and financial fit.

Meet the Team

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Melissa Lanctot

    Melissa Lanctot 

    Director of College Counseling
    (206) 326-7758
    Bio
  • Photo of Rebecca Delacruz-Gunderson

    Rebecca Delacruz-Gunderson 

    Upper School English and College Counseling
    Bio
  • Photo of Michelle Naito-Lo

    Michelle Naito-Lo 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
    Bio
  • Photo of Margaret Manning

    Margaret Manning 

    Upper School Coordinator of College Counseling and Student Success

College Reps

Welcome, College Reps! We are so excited to welcome you to The Bush School campus where each year we welcome more than 150 representatives from colleges and universities in the U.S. and beyond. Our students look forward to spending time with you, getting to learn more about you and your schools, and sharing a little bit about themselves and what makes the Bush K-12 community so distinct and special.  
 
Below you can find helpful information on your visit to Seattle and the Bush campus. Please note that our visit calendar is available on Scoir and we allot thirty minutes for each college visit slot. If you cannot find a time that matches your schedule, please contact Coordinator of College Counseling and Student Success Meg Manning, and we will do our best to accommodate your visit.
 
We are delighted to have you meet our community! 

Helpful Information

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  • Getting to Bush

    The Bush School is located at 3400 East Harrison Street, Seattle, Washington. For folks who have visited with us before, please note that due to construction on the Upper School campus during the 2022-2023 academic year, this address is different from the one you may have used in the past and will instead guide you to our parking garage, more details are below.
  • Special Note for Morning Visitors

    The Bush School is a K-12 community, which makes the morning period from 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. an incredibly busy time on campus. The walk from the parking garage to the main office takes a few minutes, and perhaps a bit longer if you are scheduled for the 8:30 a.m. morning visit slot and have to maneuver through masses of (incredibly adorable) Kindergarten student. For your planning purposes, we just wanted to give you a heads up about the delightfully hectic mood on campus, and potentially backed-up traffic, during this morning block of time. We thank you in advance for your patience!
  • Parking at Bush

    The College Counseling Office has one reserved parking spot in the Parking Garage located on East Harrison Street for college admissions representatives. You will find this spot and a sign that reads ‘COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVE PARKING ONLY’ directly to the left of the stairwell leading to East Harrison Street. The garage is underneath the Mag Gym and you will enter at 33rd Avenue East and East Harrison Street. 

    Click here to view the 2022-2023 Bush Parking Map
  • On-Campus Directions

    Once parked, please follow the signs to the main entrance and exit through the stairwell onto the sidewalk on East Harrison Street to check-in at the Main Office front desk. If you pass a humongous rock that says The Bush School, you’ve gone too far! You’ll want to take a left off of East Harrison right before the rock to find the Main Office.  Important Note: The front desk is the main welcome spot for all K-12 school visitors and not on the Upper School campus. Our Coordinator of College Counseling and Student Success, Meg Manning, will meet you at the front desk.
  • Post-Visit

    When your visit is finished, please walk through the playground area and exit through the doors next to the library facing the turf field. This staircase will take you down to the Schuchart Gym Lobby where you will see the doors to the parking garage.
  • Places to Visit

    We are so excited to welcome you to not only The Bush School but our Madison Valley location in the central heart of Seattle. 
    Below, please find a few spots to grab a coffee or food if you have time before or after your visit to campus:
     
    • Belle Epicurean: Owned by two former Bush School parents and graduates of Le Cordon Bleu, Belle Epicurean is right around the corner from campus and a great spot for anything from a morning breakfast sandwich or coffee to a delicious baguette sandwich, salad, or soup!
    • Cafe Flora: “Our motives are simple: to establish a friendly, community-based vegetarian restaurant that could stand as a model business in tending to the health of the planet while introducing superb non-meat dishes that utilize local, organic and sustainable produce.” So many delicious things to taste at this absolutely lovely spot!
    • Araya’s Place: Amazing vegan Thai food right on Madison!
    • Pagliacci’s Pizza: Grab a quick slice in between school visits, and most likely run into some Bush students if you’re stopping by Pag’s anytime between 12:45 - 1:30 pm. 
    • Hi-Spot Cafe: Breakfast, coffee, and lunch in a quintessential Seattle craftsman! Eat in to catch up on email or take lunch to go.
    • Madrona Molly Moon’s: Ice and college visits…they go well together…
    • Madrona Cupcake Royale: You know what else goes well with college visits? Cupcakes. Really, this is a proven fact. Barack Obama’s favorite flavor is the salted caramel.
    • Naam: Excellent Thai food, great to grab and go or dine in.
    • Metier Brewing Central District Taproom: An off-shoot of the first black-owned brewery in the Seattle area and…all the bites are from our very own Harold Fields, parent of a current senior!
    • Rocket Taco: Tacos are the answer. It doesn't matter what the question was. Located in nearby trendy Capitol Hill, this fun and delicious restaurant is owned by Bush alumni Steve Rosen ’84.
    • Tacos Chukis: Delicious, quick, full of flavor…we could eat here every day!
    • Communion: “Our mission is to foster community through the cultivation of fresh food and fine cooking. We hope to provide closeness that attends a sense of belonging. We invite you to share in an experience of fellowship, homage, and Black culinary exploration.”

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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.

    3400 East Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98112    (206) 322-7978
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