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College Counseling & Student Success

Bush's College Counseling and Student Success (CCSS) Office guides students through a four-year journey of self-reflection and identity building. The first two years of high school are foundational years when students are best served by being curious, learning to self-advocate, and engaging with their peers, teachers, and mentors. Our office encourages students to take risks and explore new opportunities while continuing to cultivate their interests. The role of the Coordinator of College Counseling & Student Success is specifically designed to support students and parents/guardians through these first two years. In this role, the Coordinator helps students select courses, find summer opportunities, and understand what success means to them. Programming on topics such as financial aid, athletics, and international study is also available to students and families in Ninth and Tenth Grade.
Exploring options beyond Bush begins in earnest in Eleventh Grade. The CCSS team is uniquely student-facing and highly collaborative. Through individualized student and family meetings, Bush juniors will come to a deeper understanding of not only the college application process but more importantly, themselves. In conjunction with the Internship Program, students also have the opportunity to think about life beyond Bush in a broader context. Signature events such as Case Studies, mock interviews, college essay writing workshops, college visits, and themed lunches are highlights of junior year.
After completing the CCSS summer checklist, seniors return to Bush positioned to solidify their plans for the future. Individualized support is a key theme throughout senior fall. Through one-on-one meetings, college visits, and ongoing workshops, students strategize how, when, and where to apply. This four-year journey culminates with students confidently choosing a post-Bush path that represents a personal, academic, and financial fit. Finally, the opportunity to complete a Senior Project that positively impacts a community allows seniors to build on existing skills and passions as they prepare to leave Bush. 
The combination of the strength of Bush's program and the personalized and holistic approach of the College Counseling and Student Success 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 process contact Coordinator of College Counseling & Student Success, Renea Harris at renea.harris@bush.edu.

The Bush School’s College Counseling and Student Success Office

We believe in supporting students as they blaze a trail through a reflective, joyful, and human journey to next steps that will bring out their best and prepare them for a lifetime of learning and fulfillment. Through introspection and critical analysis of the ever-changing world, in addition to exploration and reflection on their values, skills, and passions, students are empowered to confidently choose their next community.

Meet the Team

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Melissa Lanctot

    Melissa Lanctot 

    Director of College Counseling and Student Success
    (206) 326-7758
  • Photo of Rebecca Delacruz-Gunderson

    Rebecca Delacruz-Gunderson 

    Upper School English and College Counseling
    (206) 326-7773
  • Photo of Michelle Naito-Lo

    Michelle Naito-Lo 

    Associate Director of College Counseling and Student Success
    (206) 326-7761
  • Photo of Renea Harris

    Renea Harris 

    Coordinator of College Counseling and Student Success
    (206) 326-7764
  • Photo of Rachel Ladd

    Rachel Ladd 

    Program Manager, Upper School and College Counseling and Student Success
    (206) 326-7618

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 Renea Harris, Coordinator of College Counseling and Student Success, 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 2023-2024 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 students. 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 and Student Success Office has two reserved parking spots in the Parking Garage located on East Harrison Street for college admissions representatives. You will find these spots and signs that read ‘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 2023-2024 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, Renea Harris, 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.
  • Additional High School/CBO Visit Suggestions

    We are grateful to all colleges and universities who are able to visit with us here at The Bush School while in the Seattle area. We recognize that we are fortunate to host you and so wanted to recommend neighboring public schools and local CBOs to consider visiting if your travels bring you to Bush: Cleveland STEM High School, College Possible Washington (CBO formerly known as College Access Now or CAN), Franklin High School, Garfield High School, Nova High School, Rainier Beach High School, Rainier Scholars - Seattle (CBO), Rainier Scholars - Tacoma (CBO), Seattle World School (Seattle Public Schools’ culturally and linguistically diverse school for newcomer middle and high school students. It is one of only a few schools in the country designed as a preliminary entry point for refugee and immigrant youth).
  • Neighborhood Nibbles

    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 cream 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 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.

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