High School Counseling

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Transitioning to high school can be an exciting, uncertain, and anxious time for many eighth grade families. We also appreciate this process brings with it a range of emotions, questions, and concerns, so please peruse this page for all relevant information regarding independent, parochial, public, and a selection of boarding schools.

To help get you started, you will find a quick bullet-pointed overview highlighting the key steps in the process.

Getting Started and Key Steps of the Process

  • Explore websites and high school fairs to establish a shortlist of schools that interest your child (there is a list of links at the bottom of this page)
  • Attend Open House events for your chosen schools
  • Schedule campus tours (policies on tours may vary from school to school)
  • Once your child feels the "fit" is right for them, fill out an application (see deadlines below)
  • Each school has their own application criteria (feel free to contact the Westside School High School Counseling Team for advice, support, and assistance)
  • Schedule a shadow day and interview

Stay in touch with Ted Holmes, our Director of Admissions, throughout the process for guidance and support


High Schools in the Seattle Area

Below is a list of high schools in the Seattle area, with links to their websites. Please click on any of the schools that may interest you and read up on what they have to offer.


NWAIS Independent Schools:

Bush School · Lakeside School · Northwest School · SAAS · University Prep · Seattle Waldorf High School

Boarding Schools:

Annie Wright School, Tacoma · Cate School, California · Dunn School, California · St. Michael's University School, Victoria, BC

Parochial Schools:

Seattle Catholic Schools · Bishop Blanchet High School · Holy Names Academy · John F. Kennedy High School · O'Dea High School · Seattle Preparatory School · Seattle Lutheran High School

Public Schools:

Aviation High School · Center School · Chief Sealth High School · Cleveland STEM High School · West Seattle High School · Vashon High School