Admissions Events


Register for Admissions events here or email the admissions team with any questions or concerns!


  • January 2018 Thursday - January 4, 2018
    • Open House 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Tuesday - January 9, 2018
    • Lower School Admissions Tour 8:45 AM to 11:30 AM
    Thursday - January 11, 2018
    • New Student Application Deadline 12:00 PM
    Thursday - January 18, 2018
    • Lower School Admissions Tour 8:45 AM to 11:30 AM
    Monday - January 22, 2018
    • Grade 6 Applicant Visit Day
    Tuesday - January 23, 2018
    • Grade 6 Applicant Visit Day
  • February 2018 Thursday - February 1, 2018
    • Grade 2 Applicant Visit Day 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Friday - February 2, 2018
    • Grade 1 Applicant Visit Day 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Tuesday - February 6, 2018
    • Grade K Applicant Visit Day 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Wednesday - February 14, 2018
    • Financial Aid Application Deadline

Frequently Asked Questions

If you don’t find the answers to your questions here, please email Kate Briscoe or call 206-691-2625.

For more information about the application processes, visit the Admissions Blog.


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 3rd 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 rollover from year to year.

How many students does SCDS accept each year?

We admit approximately 50 new students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

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 WISC-V.

What is your age policy?

Students applying to kindergarten must be 5-years-old before July 1 of their kindergarten year. Please note: If your child has attended a full-day kindergarten program, then he/she/they must apply for our 1st grade regardless of age. Please contact Director of Admissions Kate Briscoe 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.

When is the SCDS Open House?

The SCDS Open House provides parents the opportunity to speak with teachers, current parents, and students in a relaxed atmosphere. Visitors follow student-guided or self-guided tours, attend master teacher presentations about our inquiry-based learning approach, and meet the Head of School.

This year's Open House will be held January 4, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Reservations are encouraged.  You can sign up to attend the Open House via Ravenna

Upon arriving at Seattle Country Day School, go to the Multipurpose Room to sign-in. Students applying
to 3rd and above are welcome to attend the Open House. Younger children should stay at home.

What are Student Visit Days?

The purpose of the Student Visit Day is for us to get to know your child in a school setting and for your child to see the school and meet our teachers. Each student visit includes a meet-and-greet, tour of the school, and observation of school activities. The Admissions Office schedules student visits for your child after receiving a completed application from qualified applicants.

2018 Student Visit Days

  • Kindergarten
    • February 6, 9, 13, and 16 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Grade 1
    • February 2 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Grade 2
    • February 1 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Grade 3
    • March 1 and 2 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Grades 4-5
    • February 27 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Grade 6
    • January 22 and 23; February 28 (time to be determined)
  • Grade 7-8
    • Scheduled Individually

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 multitudinous 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 students and teachers through participation on field trips, special projects, expert days and more.

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.
Seattle Country Day

2619 4th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone 206-284-6220 

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