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

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 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 2019-20 school year, the process begins in Fall 2018. The application deadline is January 15, 2019. 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 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 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 July 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 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.

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 25, 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.

2019 Student Visit Days

  • Kindergarten
    • February 1, 9, 12, and 15
  • Grade 1
    • February 8
  • Grade 2
    • February 7
  • Grade 3
    • February 28; March 1
  • Grade 4
    • January 31
  • Grade 5
    • February 26
  • Grade 6
    • January 28, 29; February 13

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.

The Class of 2018 is attending the following high schools: 

Ballard High School
The Bush School
Cascades Academy
The Downtown School: A Lakeside School
Eastside Prep
Holy Names Academy
Lakeside School
The Northwest School
Redmond High School
Roosevelt High School
Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences
Seattle Preparatory School
University Prep

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

SCDS families live throughout the Seattle metropolitan area. Most SCDS 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 and Madison Park/Capitol Hill neighborhoods. The cost for the bus program is approximately $1,000 per student per route per year.

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.
Seattle Country Day

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

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