Applying To Westside


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We are delighted you are exploring Westside School as a place for your child to begin or continue their educational journey. We know choosing the right school for your child is one of the most significant things you'll do for them. In the process some big questions come up. Where will my child be happy? What exactly determines a good fit? How do we apply? What comes next?

We're here to help you with the process and to help you understand if Westside School is the right place for you.

While our formal application deadline has passed, there is still time to learn about the school and to apply for the 2018-2019 school year.

We invite you to explore our campus, meet our students and faculty, and learn about what makes us West Seattle's premier option.

Please contact our Director of Admission, Ted Holmes, for more information. You can also visit our Tour Westside page to check for available tours.

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Our Application Process

Step 1. Tour Westside School or Visit our Open House

We have space available in select grades for the 2018-2019 academic year.   We encourage families who are interested in joining us this fall to contact our Office of Admission as soon as possible.  

Please contact our Director of Admission, Ted Holmes at 206-932-2511 or email

We will begin tours for families interested in the 2019-2020 school year in October.  A tour is your best way to see the school and to hear about the program directly from our educators and see us in action on a typical school day. Please explore our curriculum guides for our Lower and Middle School to learn about our curriculum in detail.

Step 2. Complete an Application

Westside School uses the Ravenna online application system for all grades including preschool and shares a common PSIS (Puget Sound Independent Schools) application. The Ravenna System will guide you through all of the steps outlined below, as well as keep you updated on the status of your child’s application. Where space is available, we are still accepting applications for the 2017 - 2018 academic year

1. Submit a student and family photo
2. Submit Parent/Guardian Statement
3. Submit Student Activities and Interests form (middle school only)
4. Submit two teacher recommendations
5. Submit transcripts (first semester of 2017-2018 and all of 2016-2017)
6. Submit administrator evaluation form
7. Middle School Only: Submit test scores (i.e. ERB, MAP, Smarter Balanced, etc) if no testing is offered by your school we will accept the SSAT or ISEE.

Step 3. Parent/Guardian Interview

It is important to us we meet all prospective parents and guardians. We’ll use this 20-minute interview to get to know you better, learn more about your child, and answer any remaining questions you have about Westside School. You will use the Ravenna system to sign up for a parent and guardian interview after you formally apply.

Step 4. Student Observation

You will register for a student visit through your Ravenna account.


One of the most important pieces of the Admission process for our preschool, prekindergarten and kindergarten applicants is a 60-minute student observation visit. During the regular admission season we will meet prospective students on a Saturday in February. Visiting prospective students will be placed in small groups, where they will go through a short “day” of school. School evaluators will observe prospective students as they participate in group and individual activities. We invite parents and guardians remain on site during the observation. While waiting, you’ll hear from a panel representing various school constituencies, including our Head of School, faculty and current parents/guardians.

If you have applied for admission outside of our traditional season, we will arrange a meeting or class visit for your child on a date that is mutually convenient.

Candidates for first grade will attend a 60-minute observation visit with other prospective first grade students. Students applying for second through fourth grade will be invited to spend a half day on campus. These visits allow us a chance to get to know your child and to assess their readiness for our program., At the same time, these visits give prospective students a real sense of what it would be like to attend Westside School.

All Middle School applicants will come to campus for a 60-minute observation visit. At this time, your child will join a group of up to six applicants to work on a project complete a short essay prompt and participate in a group discussion. We invite parents and guardians to remain on site for a question and answer session with the Head of School, a faculty member and a current parent/guardian.

Look for us this summer at the West Seattle Summer Fest, July 13-15, 2018

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