Admissions Events


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


  • August 2018 Wednesday - August 29, 2018
    • New Family Orientation 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • October 2018 Thursday - October 18, 2018
    • Lower School Admissions Tour 8:45 AM to 11:30 AM
    Thursday - October 25, 2018
    • Admissions Open House 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Tuesday - October 30, 2018
    • Lower School Admissions Tour 8:45 AM to 11:30 AM
  • November 2018 Tuesday - November 6, 2018
    • Lower School Admissions Tour 8:45 AM to 11:30 AM
    Thursday - November 15, 2018
    • Lower School Admissions Tour 8:45 AM to 11:30 AM
    Tuesday - November 27, 2018
    • Lower School Admissions Tour 8:45 AM to 11:30 AM
    Wednesday - November 28, 2018
    • Intermediate and Middle School Admissions Tour 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Thursday - November 29, 2018
    • Lower School Admissions Tour 8:45 AM to 11:30 AM
  • December 2018 Tuesday - December 4, 2018
    • Lower School Admissions Tour 8:45 AM to 11:30 AM

Admission Criteria and Process


The application deadline for the 2018-2019 school year was on January 11, 2018.  Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available on Ravenna in September 2018.

Seattle Country Day School uses an online application system called Ravenna for submission of all application materials. Tour and Open House registration, and submission of application forms all take place on Ravenna. Create an account to get started, and search for SCDS 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. Our applicants score at or above the 97th percentile in either the Full-Scale Intelligence Quotient (FSIQ) or General Abilities Index (GAI). We are always happy to discuss whether your child may thrive at SCDS.

Admission to Seattle Country Day School is based on a variety of criteria. The Admissions Committee makes every effort to accept children whom we believe will thrive in this special learning environment.

We look for evidence of the following characteristics: 

  • 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

The admission process at Seattle Country Day School is designed to provide parents with the opportunity to learn more about our school, our philosophy, and our community. We encourage you to ask questions and gather information, and we will assist you along every step of the way.

Kindergarten

  1. Schedule Wechsler Intelligence Scale test. Results should be sent directly to our office from the examiner. Students applying to SCDS score in the top 3% on either the full scale score or GAI of the WIPPSI-IV. 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 25, 2018, 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 15, 2019. The application fee is processed after we receive qualifying test results.  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 (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. Students applying to SCDS score in the top 3% on either the full scale score or GAI of the WISC-V. 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 25, 2018, 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 15, 2019. The application fee is processed after we receive qualifying test results.  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 (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. Students applying to SCDS score in the top 3% on either the full scale score or GAI of the WISC-V. 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 25, 2018, 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 15, 2019. The application fee is processed after we receive qualifying test results.  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 (application, fee, 2 teacher evaluations, transcripts, and standardized test results are all submitted and received).
Seattle Country Day

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

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