Admissions Process

Seattle Country Day School uses an online application system called Ravenna for submission of all application materials. Tour and Open House registration also takes place on Ravenna. Create an account to get started and search for SCDS to register for an event or to start an application.

We ask all applicants to take the Wechsler Intelligence Scale test. The Wechsler Intelligence Scale is a test of cognitive ability, and is not achievement-based. Students for whom SCDS is a good fit score at or above the 97th percentile in either the Full-Scale Intelligence Quotient (FSIQ) or General Abilities Index (GAI). We do, however, consider scores that fall close to the 97th percentile for students who demonstrate other gifted characteristics, including but not limited to: 

  • Intellectual energy and curiosity
  • Independent thought and depth of ideas
  • Creativity in the child's approach to problem-solving
  • Interest in multidimensional structure of objects, ideas, and relationships
  • Divergent thinking and a fascination with novelty
  • Intellectual need for the differentiated SCDS program
  • Social skills and emotional maturity
  • Citizenship and character

We are always happy to discuss whether your child may thrive at SCDS. The admissions process is designed to teach you about our school, philosophy, and community, and we are here to assist you along every step of the way.

Please see below to find specific admissions requirements for each grade level: 

Kindergarten

  1. Schedule Wechsler Intelligence Scale test. Results should be sent directly to our office from the examiner. See Testing Information for details. If the IQ assessment fee is a financial hardship for your family, please reach out to Kate Briscoe at 206.691.2625.
     
  2. A Parent Visit is required. Either take a daytime tour or attend our Open House on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
     
  3. Submit the online application via Ravenna.
     
  4. Request teacher evaluation from a current teacher. Teachers writing recommendations should not be sports coaches or extracurricular teachers. The teacher can upload the teacher evaluation via Ravenna
     
  5. Submit the $70 non-refundable application fee, payable by credit card through Ravenna, on or before January 16, 2020. If the application fee is a financial hardship for your family, please reach out to Kate Briscoe at 206.691.2625.
     
  6. Student Visit Day will be assigned by the Office of Admissions after the application is complete (when the application, fee, teacher evaluation, and qualifying IQ assessment results are all submitted and received).

Grades 1-4

  1. Schedule Wechsler Intelligence Scale test. Results should be sent directly to our office from the examiner.  See Testing Information for details. If the IQ assessment fee is a financial hardship for your family, please reach out to Kate Briscoe at 206.691.2625.
     
  2. A Parent Visit is required. Either take a daytime tour or attend our Open House on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
     
  3. Submit the online application via Ravenna.
     
  4. Request two teacher evaluations. One evaluation should be completed by a current teacher. Teachers writing recommendations should not be sports coaches or extracurricular teachers. The teacher can upload the teacher evaluation via Ravenna.
     
  5. Request a current transcript. School transcripts can be uploaded to Ravenna by your current school's registrar, sent in the mail (SCDS Admissions, 2619 4th Avenue N, Seattle WA, 98109) or emailed to admissions@seattlecountryday.org.
     
  6. Submit the $70 non-refundable application fee, payable by credit card through Ravenna, on or before January 16, 2020. If the application fee is a financial hardship for your family, please reach out to Kate Briscoe at 206.691.2625.
     
  7. Student Visit Day will be assigned by the Office of Admissions after the application is complete (when the application, fee, 2 teacher evaluations, and transcripts are all submitted and received).

Grades 5-8

  1. Schedule Wechsler Intelligence Scale test. Results should be sent directly to our office from the examiner.  See Testing Information for details. If the IQ assessment fee is a financial hardship for your family, please reach out to Kate Briscoe at 206.691.2625.
     
  2. A Parent Visit is required. Either take a daytime tour or attend our Open House on Thursday, October 24, 2019, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
     
  3. Submit the online application via Ravenna.
     
  4. Submit standardized test results. We accept the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT), Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), or another approved standardized test. The SSAT code for our school is 7242. Our ISEE code is 481686.
     
  5. Upload PSIS Middle/Upper School Student Essays and PSIS Student Interests & Activities Form to Ravenna.
     
  6. Request two teacher evaluations. One evaluation should be completed by a current Math teacher. The other should be completed by a current Language Arts teacher. Teachers writing recommendations should not be sports coaches or extracurricular teachers. The teacher can upload the teacher evaluation via Ravenna.
     
  7. Request current school transcripts. Transcripts can be uploaded to Ravenna by your current school's registrar, sent in the mail (SCDS Admissions, 2619 4th Avenue N, Seattle WA, 98109) or emailed to admissions@seattlecountryday.org.
     
  8. Submit the $70 non-refundable application fee, payable by credit card through Ravenna, on or before January 16, 2020. If the application fee is a financial hardship for your family, please reach out to Kate Briscoe at 206.691.2625.
     
  9. Student Visit Day will be assigned by the Office of Admissions after the application is complete (when the application, fee, 2 teacher evaluations, transcripts, and standardized test results are all submitted and received).