Frequently Asked Questions
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- When should I start the application process?
- What is the most common grade of entry at SCDS? Do you accept applications to all grades?
- How many students does SCDS accept each year?
- How does SCDS make admissions decisions?
- How do you use intelligence testing?
- What is your age policy?
- What is your sibling policy?
- How are parents involved in the SCDS community?
- What schools do your graduates typically attend after eighth grade?
When should I start the application process?
Please begin the application process during the early fall one year prior to the anticipated enrollment of
your child. For specific application requirements and forms, see Admissions Process.
What is the most common grade of entry to school? Do you accept applications to all grades?
Kindergarten and third grade are our most popular entry points. SCDS begins in kindergarten; we receive
the bulk of our applications at this grade level. The next most popular entry point is 3rd grade where we
add another section and enroll 12-16 new students. We do accept applications to all other grades, and enrollment will be offered as spaces become available to qualified applicants. Wait Pools are established after the application process is complete; this list is referred to whenever an opening occurs. Wait Pool lists do not roll from year to year.
How does SCDS make admission decisions?
The goal of our admission process is to find the best fit between the school and the students we enroll.
We work hard to ensure that the students we enroll will be successful in our program. All aspects of the student’s admission file and visit are taken into consideration. We review the student’s Wechsler test results, the parent questionnaire, teacher evaluations, transcripts, information from the student visit, and any in-house assessment or other testing. The admissions committee is made up of our division heads and faculty from across the grades, as well as our admissions director and head of school.
How do you use intelligence testing?
Applying students should take the Wechsler Intelligence Scale (WPPSI-IV or WISC-V) appropriate for their
age. Qualified applicants must score in the top 3% on the full scale score. There are a number of sub-tests that make up the various scores leading to the full scale. Each one of these sub-tests is reviewed for areas of strength, relative weaknesses, or significant gaps. This information, along with the narrative provided by the psychologist, are all taken into consideration. We deem testing valid for two years. Students applying to 3rd grade and above should take the WICS-V.
What is your age policy?
Students applying to kindergarten must be 5 years old before July 1st of their kindergarten year. Please note: If your child has attended a full-day kindergarten program, then he/she must apply for our first grade regardless of age. Please contact Kate Briscoe, our Director of Admissions, if you have any questions about this policy.
What is your sibling policy?
Seattle Country Day School admits qualified siblings. The process for admission is the same as for any applicant. Sibling status is taken into consideration, but admission is not guaranteed. Children and grandchildren of alumni and staff are given the same consideration. The goal of our admission decisions
is to ensure that each child has a successful experience at Seattle Country Day School.
How are parents involved in the school community?
As with any independent school, parent participation is essential to the success of SCDS. Parents
participate in a multitude of ways. There are many volunteer opportunities throughout the year at varying levels of time commitment. The SCDS Parent Council supports the school through its classroom reps, committees, and annual auction. Parents are also involved through their financial support to the Annual Fund. Although parents do not volunteer directly in the classroom, there are many opportunities to support the students and teachers through participation on field trips, special projects, expert days and many
Where do your graduates typically go after 8th grade?
Our students go on to independent, public, and parochial schools throughout the greater Seattle area.
They also attend the University of Washington Early Entrance Program and some boarding schools. Seattle Country Day School graduates have a reputation within the secondary school community for being strongly prepared for and enthusiastic about the academic rigors of high school.
For more information about the application processes, visit the Admissions Blog.