Welcome to The Bush School!

One of the best parts of the new school year is the opportunity to welcome new students and families to our school community. We can hardly wait to get started and are thrilled to have you joining the Bush community.

Save the dates for our spring welcome events below! Our division directors will be in contact with new families during the summer and by mid-June, parents of new students will receive a username and password to the Bush web portal which provides access to additional resources and back-to-school information.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus in the coming months, and please be sure to reach out to us in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid with any questions along the way.

Sincerely,
The Bush School Admissions Team

Information for New Families

List of 10 items.

  • Start of School Important Dates

    New Student Orientation Sessions
    Tuesday, September 4
    Kindergarten Orientation: Kindergarten parents will receive a letter this summer from their child's teacher with a specific time frame for their child's visit.
    Lower School Orientation (Grades 1-5): 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
    Middle School Orientation: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    Ninth Grade Orientation: 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
    Tenth Grade Orientation: 10:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

    Convocation
    Wednesday, September 5 from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

    First Day of Lower and Middle School Classes
    Wednesday, September 5

    Student Retreats
    Middle School Student Retreats: Tuesday, September 11 - Friday, September 14
    Upper School Student Retreats: Wednesday, September 5 - Friday, September 7
    Fifth Grade Camp Orkila Trip: Wednesday, September 12 - Friday, September 14

    First Day of Upper School Classes
    Monday, September 10
  • 2018-2019 Major Dates Calendar

    New Student Orientation
    September 4, 2018

    First Day of Classes

    September 5, 2018

    Veteran's Day
    November 11
    Veteran's Day Observance (campus closed)
    Monday, November 12

    Thanksgiving Break
    November 19-23
    K-12 Faculty/Staff In-Service Day: November 19
    K-12 Faculty Work Day: November 20
    Thanksgiving (campus closed): November 22-23

    Last Day before Winter Holiday Break  (half day)
    December 21

    Winter Holiday Break
    December 24 - January 4

    Classes Resume
    January 7, 2019

    Martin Luther King Jr. Observance (campus closed)
    January 21

    President's Day Observance  (campus closed)
    February 18

    Mid-Winter Break (no classes)
    February 18-22

    Spring Break  (no classes)
    April 8 - 12

    Memorial Day Observance  (campus closed)
    May 27

    Last Day of School
    June 6

    Upper School Graduation
    June 9
  • Tuition Payment Information

    Families will receive their first tuition bill in the mail in June, to be due on July 1, 2018. Please note that on June 15, 2018, families will be liable for 100% of tuition.*

    Lower School Payment Plans**
    Three Payment Plan - $8,253.33 due on July 1, 2018; September 1, 2018; and January 1, 2019.
    One Payment Plan - One payment of $24,760.0 due on July 1, 2018
    Nine Payment Plan - Nine payments of $2,861.16 each, due beginning July 1, 2018 through January 1, 2019, and March 1 and April 1, 2019. (No payment on February 1.)

    Middle School Payment Plans**
    Three Payment Plan - $10,101.67 due on July 1, 2018; September 1, 2018; and January 1, 2019.
    One Payment Plan - One payment of $30,305.91 due on July 1, 2018.
    Nine Payment Plan - Nine payments of $3,501.91 each, due beginning July 1, 2018 through January 1, 2019, and March 1 and April 1, 2019. (No payment on February 1.)

    Upper School Payment Plans**
    Three Payment Plan - $10,576.67 due on July 1, 2018; September 1, 2018; and January 1, 2019.
    One Payment Plan - One payment of $31,730.00 due on July 1, 2018.
    Nine Payment Plan - Nine payments of $3,666.58 each, due beginning July 1, 2018 through January 1, 2019, and March 1 and April 1, 2019. (No payment on February 1.)

    *Tuition liability varies depending on whether families chose to opt in to the tuition insurance plan.
    **Note that the above amounts are based on the full tuition for each grade level. Payment amounts for families receiving financial assistance will vary according to the parental contributions outlined in the enrollment contract.

    To find out which payment plan you selected, please email enrollment@bush.edu for a copy of your enrollment contract.
    For questions about tuition payments, please contact Student Accounts Manager Sandy Ryder at sandy.ryder@bush.edu.
    For questions about tuition liability or financial aid, please contact Director of Enrollment Management Polly Fredlund at polly.fredlund@bush.edu.
  • Health Forms

    In order for students to begin school on Wednesday, September 5, they must have completed medical forms on file. The updated 2018–2019 health forms will be available the week of June 11. All new and current families will receive an email notification when the updated health forms are available. This allows the school to properly manage any health emergencies your child may have while at school or while participating in school activities off campus. Unfortunately, your child will be sent home if the medical forms—vital health record, physician, medication, concussion, current immunization, and any applicable “action” plan—are not on file with Magnus Health by September 5.

    Be sure to schedule your child's annual physical if you haven't already!
  • Spring and Summer Welcome Events

    Middle School Class of 2025 Student Welcome Reception
    Tuesday, April 17 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

    Upper School Class of 2022 Parent & Guardian Welcome Reception
    Thursday, April 26 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

    Middle School Class of 2025 Parent & Guardian Welcome Reception
    Tuesday, May 1 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

    Kindergarten Parent & Guardian Welcome Reception
    Monday, May 21 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

    Kindergarten Student Welcome Lemonade
    Thursday, May 31 from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

    Check back in June for dates and information about summer gatherings!
  • Summer Programs

    Summer Programs offer classes, activities, and camps that provide a healthy, active, engaging, and safe environment for Bush students as well as for students from the broader community. They operate under the same guiding principles as The Bush School's academic-year programs. Summer Programs are dedicated to providing quality experiences for students of all ages.

    Contact summer.programs@bush.edu with questions.

    Summer Programs
  • Athletics

    Register for Blazers Summer Sports Camps
    The Blazers Summer Sports Camps focus on teaching and developing fundamental technical and tactical sports skills in a fun and challenging atmosphere. Participants will be able to apply the experience they gain at the camps to their participation on recreational, club and/or interscholastic sports teams. The camps are open for Bush students and non-Bush students and all levels are welcome! Contact jo.ito@bush.edu for more information.

    REGISTER NOW!

    June 11–15
    • Grade 6–8 Boys Basketball: 8:30–11:30 a.m., Schuchart Gym – $210
    • Grade 9–12 Boys Basketball: 12:00–3:00 p.m., Schuchart Gym – $210
    • Grade 6–12 Co-ed Ultimate: Washington Park – $400 Full Day / $220 Half Day
    • Grade 6–12 Co-ed Volleyball: 3:30–6:30 p.m., Schuchart Gym – $210

    June 18–22
    • Grade 6–12 Co-ed Fit & Fun — Speed & Conditioning: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Bush Turf Field – $210
    • Grade 9–12 Girls Basketball: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Schuchart Gym – $150
    • Grade 6–8 Girls Basketball: 12:30–3:30 p.m., Schuchart Gym – $210

    August 20–24
    • Grade 6–8 Girls Tennis: 9:00–11:00 a.m., Madrona Playground Tennis Courts – $210
    • Grade 6–8 Boys Tennis: 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Madrona Playground Tennis Courts – $210

    2018 Upper School Summer Sports Practices
    The Athletic Department plans to offer the following summer sports practices/workout opportunities:
    • Supervised Fitness Center Workouts
    • Boys Basketball
    • Girls Basketball
    • Co-ed Ultimate
    • Girls Volleyball
    • Cross Country Running

    If you are interested in participating in any of the offered activities during the summer, please carefully review the following information, complete the online sign-up form, and contact the Athletic Department if you have any questions.

    Sign-Up Form
    • Please complete the 2018 Summer Practice Sign-up Form to assist the athletic department with estimating participation numbers for this year's Summer Sports Practices.
    • Note: You are not making a firm commitment to participate by completing this form.

    Summer Practice Schedules
    • Summer practices typically take place two to three times a week.
    • The athletic department is finalizing the details and will publish and share the detailed practice schedule with those who sign up in the upcoming weeks.

    Participation Fee
    • The flat rate Summer Practice fee is $110.00 and will be charged to family accounts when students attend two or more practices.
    • The flat rate covers participation in multiple sports and the usage of the fitness center.

    Participation Paperwork
    • Returning Bush students: You already have all required paperwork on file and do not need to submit additional documents.
    • New Bush students: Please complete the sign-up form (see link above) or contact the athletic office to share your family’s email address. Once we receive your contact information, we will email a set of paperwork that needs to be completed prior to participating in summer workouts. Completed paperwork can be dropped off at the front desk or the Athletic Department, scanned and emailed to jo.ito@bush.edu, or mailed to:
      The Bush School, Athletic Department, 3400 East Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98112.

    2018–2019 Upper School Sports Sign-ups
    If you are interested in participating on a Bush Sports Team next school year, please carefully review the following information, complete the online sign-up form, and contact the Athletic Department if you have any questions.

    Sign-Up Form
    • Please complete the 2018–2019 Upper School Athletics Sign-up Form to assist the athletic department with estimating participation numbers for the 2017–2018 school year.
    • Note: You are not making a firm commitment to participate by completing this form.

    General Information
    • Upper School teams typically practice five to six days and compete 2–3 days a week during each season.
    • Game schedules for 2018–2019 will be published on the Athletics Page once they are finalized.
    • Parents/Guardians are encouraged to attend the Athletics Info Night at the beginning of the school year (Thursday, September 6, 2018, 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room)
    • The 2018–2019 start dates for each season are:
      • Fall Season: Monday, August 20, 2018
      • Winter Season: Monday, November 12, 2018 (Veteran's Day – practices will take place, although school will not be in session)
      • Spring Season: Monday, February 25, 2019 (Facutly Work Day – practices will take place, although students are not in class)

    Information for Fall Athletes
    • The fall season begins on Monday, August 20, 2018 (two weeks before the start of the school year). Students who plan to play a fall sport are required to be in attendance.
    • The detailed practice schedule for the first two weeks of the season will be published and shared with those who sign up in the upcoming weeks.
    • The first contests for most teams will take place the week of September 3. Per WIAA rules, athletes must complete 10 practices prior to competing in the first scheduled contest. Coaches will begin keeping track of these practices starting on August 21.
    • Be sure to communicate directly with the coach if you have any scheduling conflicts.
    • The regular season practice schedule (starting the week of September 3) will be communicated to the families directly by the head coaches.

    Participation Paperwork
    • Towards the end of the current school year, all families will be contacted to complete their children’s participation paperwork through the online Magnus Health Portal (MHP).
    • Please follow the MHP instructions and ensure that all required paperwork is completed by the given deadline.
    • Note: Be sure to provide ample time for the review and approval of submitted documents. Unapproved and/or missing documents will result in athletes not being eligible to participate.

    2018–2019 Middle School Sports Information
    If you are interested in participating on a Bush Sports Team next school year, please carefully review the following information, and contact the Athletic Department if you have any questions.

    Middle School Sports Sign-Ups
    • The sign-ups for Middle School Sports are organized as part of the E-lective sign-ups by the Middle School Office. Students will be asked to sign up for fall and winter sports towards the end of the school year. Spring E-lective (and sports) sign-ups take place in December/January.

    General Information
    • Middle School teams practice two to three days a week and compete once or twice a week during each season.
    • Game schedules for 2018–2019 will be published on the Athletics Page once they are finalized.
    • Parents/Guardians are encouraged to attend the Athletics Info Night at the beginning of the school year (Thursday, September 6, 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room)

    Information for Fall Athletes
    • The fall season begins on Monday, August 27, 2018 (one week before the start of the school year). Students who plan to play a fall sport are expected to be in attendance.
    • The detailed practice schedule for the first week of the season will be published and shared with those who sign up in the upcoming weeks.
    • The regular practice schedule will start with the first E-lective period on Friday, September 7, 2018.
    • Be sure to communicate directly with the coach if you have any scheduling conflicts.

    Participation Paperwork
    • Towards the end of the current school year, all families will be contacted to complete their children’s participation paperwork through the online Magnus Health Portal (MHP).
    • Please follow the MHP instructions and ensure that all required paperwork is completed by the given deadline.
    • Note: Be sure to provide ample time for the review and approval of submitted documents. Unapproved and/or missing documents will result in athletes not being eligible to participate.
  • Extended Day Program

    The Bush School's Extended Day Program is a child-centered environment focused on the development of social skills, intellectual curiosity, self-esteem, and a sense of responsibility for one’s own actions. Extended Day runs from dismissal to 6 p.m. Special schedules are communicated ahead of time.

    Extended Day meets the needs of students through a variety of activities and programs, ranging from free play to guided experiences in art, science, music, and physical education. Students can use the resources of the library as well as a large assortment of materials in the Extended Day main room. After-school clubs consist of enrichment courses inspired by Bush's progressive, hands-on approach and are taught by quality contractors. Offerings include robotics, LEGO engineering, Mandarin, sewing, chess club, smart art, and more.
  • Families Association

    Our Bush School Families Association mission is to promote awareness, a sense of belonging, participation, and education of our families at Bush. Our purpose is to nurture a spirit of involvement and community between the school and its families. Every enrolled family is a member of the FA—and all FA meetings are open for you to attend.

    There are many ways for parents and guardians to contribute time and talent to the school. Whether it is chaperoning a single field trip or serving two years on a committee, there truly is “something for everyone.” Many volunteer opportunities are done during school hours, but plenty can be done at home, such as preparing dishes for the Faculty/Staff Luncheons, editing copy for the auction catalog or coordinating volunteers to work shifts at Sparky’s Grill (just to name a few).

    Look for specific calls for volunteers via the weekly E-News, division bulletins, or direct notices from your grade-level rep. You are also always welcome to send a general inquiry by emailing familiesassociation@bush.edu. We will connect you to the appropriate committee or area of interest.
  • Divisional Contacts

    Lower School
    Priyanthi Alahendra, Lower School Director
    phone: (206) 326-7739 / email: priyanthi.alahendra@bush.edu

    Eileen Schiller, Lower School Assistant
    phone: (206) 326-7738 / email: eileen.schiller@bush.edu

    Middle School
    Jay Franklin, Middle School Director
    phone: (206) 326-7754 / email: jay.franklin@bush.edu

    Victoria D’Amelio, Middle School Assistant
    phone: (206) 326-7755 / email: victoria.damelio@bush.edu

    Upper School
    Ray Wilson, Upper School Director
    phone: (206) 326-7743 / email: ray.wilson@bush.edu

    Sharon Turner Mulvihill, Upper School Assistant
    phone: (206) 326-7734 / email: sharon.mulvihill@bush.edu