Welcome to The Bush School!

We invite you to learn more about Bush by exploring our website, visiting campus, or registering for one of our upcoming Open Houses.

Our unique school educates students from Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade on one campus. We value the relationships that are built between teacher and student. We know that these relationships are not just what makes learning possible, but also what makes learning dynamic, energizing, and engaging.

The combination of K–12 community, progressive education, experiential programming, and challenging academics capture students’ intellectual curiosity and fuels their academic, artistic, athletic, and personal growth.

We are proud of our welcoming and engaged community, and hope you will take the next step and inquire or come see our campus in person and schedule a visit!

We can’t wait to meet you!

Learn more below about The Bush School’s Methow Campus, K–12 community, experiential education, and how the forces of play, passion, and purpose drive our educational program.

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  • Methow Campus

    The Bush School campus extends beyond the urban landscape of Seattle across the Cascade mountains to The Bush School Methow Campus. In the fall of 2016, the school acquired a twenty-acre campus and educational facility, formerly known as the North Cascades Basecamp, in Mazama, WA. This campus, located in the region known as the Methow Valley, provides students with an immersive experience so that they will discover the interdependence between community, environment, and self.

    With so many perceived barriers — political, religious, social, racial, economic — presently dividing our nation, The Bush School has staked out a unique leadership position to help bridge what is commonly referred to as the Cascade Curtain. Building on a rich history of forging relationships across cultures, borders, languages, and ideologies, students are able to deepen their understanding of place, expand intercultural fluency, and build enduring community relationships in a rural region of northcentral Washington.

  • K–12

    Together we share the hallways, campus, and a sense of purpose. We value being a school that is built on connections and the continuity of a K-12 learning community. Children grow up at The Bush School, in a tight-knit community with members from all stages of life, where there’s always someone who can give help or provide guidance. Through school programs like K-12 Family Groups, Service at Bush, Fall Festival, and Blazer Bash students of all ages experience a deep sense of community and belonging.

    Our youngest artists and athletes have countless role models as they watch Upper School students take the stage in a school play or make a fast break down the court in a basketball game. Our Upper School students experience a sense of accomplishment and are called upon to lead our school community. We encourage lifelong learning, and parent education, alumnae/i programs, and community events are a natural part of the Bush experience.
  • Community

    The value placed on community at Bush is clear as soon as you walk through the front door. We believe it is essential to foster a welcoming, authentic, and engaged community in order to fulfill our educational mission. It is critical that each of us is treated with respect and encouraged to actively and fully participate in the life of the school. Each member of the school community — students, faculty, staff, parents, guardians, alumnae/i, and trustees — shares responsibility for building and sustaining this environment.

    We believe in a community that values and respects the diversity brought to the school by every member of the community. We are a school that strives to welcome and include all members of our community by offering a range of activities and opportunities to create connections and relationships with each other. In addition, it is essential that we also engage constructively and collaboratively with the communities of which we are a part.
  • Experiential Education

    Experiential education is the philosophy that informs the way in which Bush teachers engage with students. We move beyond traditional educational models to experience education. Inquiry based learning in Lower School, e-lectives and E-week in Middle School, and intercultural immersion programs and senior projects in Upper School are just some of the ways that Bush students pursue their passions, interests, risk-taking, and innovation.

    Teachers purposefully design curriculum and learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom that provide students with direct experience and focused reflection to increase knowledge, clarify values, and encourage active participation in their learning, communities, and the world.
  • Play. Passion. Purpose.

    Bush faculty are charged with developing the capacities of young people to solve problems big and small. On any given day students are building a complex set of skills to become the innovators that our communities and planet need to thrive in the twenty first century.

    In the book Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, Tony Wagner notes that “a childhood of creative play leads to deep-seated interests, which in adolescence and adulthood blossom into a deeper purpose for career and life goals. Play. Passion. Purpose: These are the forces that drive young innovators.”

    This daily work comes in many different forms at Bush. A Kindergarten working out a conflict with a friend on the playground. An Eighth Grade student exploring new technologies and deciding to design a prosthetic hand on a 3-D printer. An Upper School student leaning into the challenges of our communities and working with nonprofit leaders to find solutions to big problems on a local level.

    Our Lower School program is steeped in inquiry and play which together build a strong foundation. Middle School students move on to develop their identities and passions through exploring opportunities for learning inside and outside the classroom. Upper School students turn those passions into purpose. They develop a clear sense of what they want to do with their lives and how they can make a difference in the world.

    Come learn more and discover how Bush harnesses the power of play, ignites students passions, and cultivates a path to purpose.