Admissions FAQs

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 process, visit the Admissions Blog.

When should I start the application process, and when is the application deadline?

Thank you for your interest in applying to SCDS! You may begin the application process during the early fall one year prior to the anticipated enrollment of your child. For the 2020-21 school year, the process begins in fall 2019. The application deadline is January 16, 2020. For specific application requirements and forms, see our Admissions Process.

What is the most common grade of entry to school? Do you accept applications to all grades?

Kindergarten, 3rd, and 6th 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 60 new students in Kindergarten through 8th grade each 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 department.

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 typically score in the top 3% on the full scale score or GAI. Tests are reviewed for areas of strength, areas of growth, 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 Kindergarten age policy?

Students applying to kindergarten must be 5-years-old before August 1 of their kindergarten year. Please contact Director of Admissions Kate Briscoe if you have any questions about this policy.

What is your sibling policy?

Seattle Country Day School offers priority consideration for sibling applicants to Kindergarten. Sibling Kindergarten applicants are offered an early admissions process, which allows families to apply early to SCDS and receive notification of admission in December. Other sibling applicants will also receive additional consideration for admission. While SCDS is often a strong match, admission is not guaranteed. The goal of our admissions process is to ensure that each child has a successful experience at Seattle Country Day School.

Does SCDS consider out-of-state or international students for enrollment?

SCDS will consider out-of-state or international students for enrollment. A parent and student visit is still required as part of the application process. SCDS cannot provide the I-20 student visa for students who are not US citizens. As such, international students must be covered under their parent or guardian's work visa. SCDS requires that students live with a parent or guardian during the academic year.

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 October 24, 2019 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, please go to the Multipurpose Room to sign-in. Students applying to 3rd grade and above are welcome to attend the Open House. 

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.

2019-20 Student Visit Days

  • Kindergarten
    • December 4 (Current SCDS siblings only); January 31; February 8, 11, 13
  • Grade 1
    • February 7
  • Grade 2
    • February 6
  • Grade 3
    • February 27, 28
  • Grade 4
    • January 30
  • Grade 5
    • February 25
  • Grade 6
    • January 27, 28; February 12

How are parents involved in the school community?

As with any independent school, parent participation is essential to the success of SCDS. There are several positions available through Parent Council, which oversees various committees, classroom representatives, and the annual community gathering. Parents can also help financially support the school by participating in 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 attend 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.

The Class of 2019 is attending the following high schools:

Eastside Preparatory School
Garfield High School
Holy Names Academy
Juanita High School
Lakeside School
Mercer Island High School
North Creek High School
Redmond High School
Roosevelt High School
Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences
The Bush School
The Downtown School
The Northwest School
The Overlake School
West Seattle High School

The Class of 2015 is attending the following colleges

Amherst College
Brown University
Coe College
Columbia University
Digi Pen Institute of Technology
Georgetown University
Harvard University
Harvey Mudd College
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Middlebury College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University
Northwestern University
Pitzer College
Stanford University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University 
Texas Christian University
The New School
University of British Columbia
University of California - Los Angeles
University of California - Santa Barbara
University of Chicago
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
University of Pennsylvania
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Willamette University 
Williams College

Where do SCDS students live? What transportation options are available?

SCDS families live throughout the Seattle metropolitan area and travel from 43 different zip codes. Most families prefer to carpool, and some report they only have to drive a couple of times a week. SCDS also has a Transportation Program that provides school bus routes serving the East Side, Madison Park/Capitol Hill, and West/South Seattle. The cost for the bus program is approximately $1,000 per student, per route, per year. Financial aid packages do apply to the school bus routes. 

What are the available lunch programs at SCDS?

Hot lunch may be ordered through the Blue Plate School Lunch Program, which offers a variety of healthy and dietary options priced between $5.50 and $6.50 per meal.

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