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Best private high schools in Seattle?

How's it going, guys? I'm a junior and considering applying to a private high school in Seattle for my senior year. Can anyone recommend some of the best ones? Also, any tips on their admissions process would be great. Thanks!

6 months ago

Hey there! Seattle has a number of exceptional private high schools to consider. Here are a few well-regarded options you might want to look into:

1. Lakeside School: Known for its strong academics and remarkable faculty, Lakeside School is generally considered the top private high school in Seattle. The school has a remarkable range of extracurricular offerings, such as service trips abroad and outdoor trips, and on-campus resources, including a photography dark room and recording studio, as well as highly advanced courses like Multivariable Calculus and Organic Chemistry. You’ll be in good company if you attend Lakeside—Bill Gates is the school’s most famous alum, and roughly a third of each class attends an Ivy League school after graduation.

2. The Northwest School: This school has an artsier vibe, and focuses on giving its students a global perspective through unique programs like experiential learning trips to other countries, environmental sustainability workshops, and rich visual and performing arts opportunities.

3. Seattle Preparatory School: Seattle Prep is a Jesuit Catholic school known for its strong emphasis on academics, community service, and spiritual growth. The school also features a more traditional high school environment than Lakeside or Northwest, with a spirited culture around sports and plenty of school pride.

4. The Bush School: With a focus on experiential learning, The Bush School has a rich outdoor education program and provides various opportunities for off-campus learning experiences.

When it comes to admissions, each school will have its own process, but they generally involve submitting an application that requires standardized test scores and essays, and likely completing an interview with an admissions officer from the school. It's essential to research each school's specific requirements, deadlines, and procedures on their respective websites, to make sure you’re on top of everything. In addition, it might be a good idea to reach out to current students or alumni from the schools you're interested in, to get a better sense of the school culture and experiences firsthand.

Lastly, try to make your application stand out by showcasing your strengths, passions, and achievements in an authentic way. Present your extracurricular involvement, academics, and any leadership roles you've had in a way that highlights your commitment to personal growth and learning—don’t just list facts.

Good luck with your high school search!

6 months ago

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