Thank you for your interest in Seattle Country Day School! We endeavor to provide a personalized and informative admissions experience for all families. The goal of the admissions process is to determine if our program is a match for a prospective student, therefore creating a successful learning experience for your child.

Seattle Country Day School is committed to serving a diverse range of gifted learners in the Seattle metropolitan area.  We serve students from 43 zip codes around Seattle and offer bus transportation to the East side (Bellevue, Kirkland, etc.), Madison Park/Capitol Hill, and South/West Seattle. 

We invite you to take some time to explore our website and learn more about our admissions process. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone at 206-691-2625. I am here to be a resource to your family at this time, and I look forward to meeting you in person soon. 

Warm regards,

Kate Briscoe
Director of Admissions
Email or 206-691-2625

Meet the Team

Kate Briscoe, Director of Admissions

Kate Briscoe began her career with the Teach For America program, where instructors commit a minimum of two years serving under-resourced public schools.  For several years, she worked as a founding kindergarten teacher at a high-achieving charter school in New York City.  She then taught inquiry-based elementary science for kindergarten through third grade children.

Most recently, Kate was the founding Director of Early Learning at BASIS Independent Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY.  Since the Early Learning division was a new program, she had significant enrollment and admissions responsibilities.  Her work included leading tours and information sessions for prospective families and assisting the administration team with school-wide events and programming.  In its inaugural year, the Early Learning Program launched with 8 preschool and kindergarten classrooms serving 135 students.

Kate is a proud graduate of The Canterbury School, an independent boarding and day school in New Milford, Connecticut.  She earned her B.A. from Colgate University and  M.A.T. from Relay Graduate School of Education in New York.  Before her senior year at Colgate, she earned the Jim Manzi Summer Fellowship and worked in all departments of the Heading Home Homeless Shelter in Cambridge, MA.

Eager for a new adventure, Kate relocated to Seattle in the summer of 2017.  In her free time, Kate enjoys exploring the neighborhoods of Seattle, listening to podcasts, and reading The New York Times in print (not online).

Matthew Ropp, Assistant Director of Admissions

Matthew graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BA in Communications and a double minor in Southeast Asian Studies and Linguistics. Following his passion for both learning and teaching foreign languages, Matthew lived in rural Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo for two years as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. He coordinated and taught English language programs sponsored by the Malaysian Ministry of Education, and picked up a number of local Malay dialects in the process. After the completion of his grant, he continued his career as an educator at a startup literacy training center in Shanghai, China as a Senior Teacher and Curriculum Developer. Matthew has enjoyed working on the administrative side of education at SCDS. In his free time, he enjoys searching for foraged produce at farmers markets and sampling new ice cream flavors at Salt & Straw.

Upcoming Admissions Events

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My family came to SCDS in search of a rigorous curriculum to keep our daughter engaged while challenging her to dig deep and think for herself. What we weren't expecting was the wonderful way in which learning alongside a peer group of like-minded students would amplify that experience. Anne, Current Parent