Thank you for your interest in The Downtown School! We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis for 9th, 10th, and 11th grades for the 2019-2020 academic year, dependent upon remaining space in each class.
Students at The Downtown School are intellectually curious and academically capable, and they have a collaborative yet adventurous spirit. They embrace learning with purpose and enjoy multiple modes of expression. They come from diverse backgrounds and share a willingness to listen to and learn from others. They actively cultivate an authentic school culture, all the while contributing to the world to make a difference.
Please read below for details on the application process and requirements. For questions, please contact the admissions office at email@example.com or 206-717-2849.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition for The Downtown School’s 2019-2020 school year is $18,200. Tuition includes a Chromebook (laptop) and course-related software that all students use.
If the full tuition at The Downtown School is a stretch for your family's resources, a modest amount of financial aid is available. We are currently engaged in raising a financial aid endowment. To apply for financial aid, you must submit an application through the School & Student Services website. As of rolling admissions season, all financial aid for the 2019-2020 academic year has been allocated.
During rolling admissions, students who have applied for admission to The Downtown School may register for a shadow day by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Shadow days afford prospective students the possibility to spend a full school day at The Downtown School, shadowing a current student to all classes, community time, and activities.
The Downtown School will also offer an evening Open House for students and families. During the event, you will learn about the school’s mission and program from Head of School Sue Belcher, you may tour the campus, and you can meet with the teaching staff. Mark your calendars!
The Open House will be Thursday, April 18, from 6-7 p.m. at The Downtown School.
The Application Process
Once a student decides The Downtown School may be a good fit, the first step is to create an admission account in Ravenna, our application management system. Through Ravenna, families can manage applications online, complete family forms, and request teacher evaluations and transcripts.
Once a family has created an account in Ravenna, they will be asked to choose an application type. Select the Rainier Scholars application type only if the student is currently a Rainier Scholar. Please note that The Downtown School does not enroll international students. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S permanent residents.
Preliminary application and application fee
The preliminary application form is used to gather general information about an applicant's family. The non-refundable $25 application fee is due upon completion of the online form. The Downtown School will extend fee waivers to qualifying families. Please contact email@example.com to request a fee waiver.
Please note: The preliminary application form must be completed before the student interview.
Families can schedule an interview after filling out the preliminary application and paying the application fee. During rolling admissions, families may schedule an interview by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The interview process is a 20-minute, informal conversation with the applicant and includes 10 minutes for parents and guardians to ask questions of their student's interviewer. Students do not need to prepare anything in advance of the interview and may dress casually.
The SSAT is the preferred admissions test for applicants to The Downtown School. To register for the SSAT: Visit www.ssat.org for registration and other specific information, including access to the practice portal. Fee waivers for the SSAT test and practice portal are available to qualified families. Please contact email@example.com to request a fee waiver.
Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) scores are also accepted and do not put a student’s application at any disadvantage. To register for the ISEE: Visit www.erblearn.org/parents/isee-registration. Please note: The Downtown School is not able to offer fee waivers for the ISEE.
All testing must occur during the current school year. Scores from prior years or summer months will not be accepted. There is no minimum score requirement for admission.
The Downtown School uses the Puget Sound Independent Schools (PSIS) Student Essays form. The essay is an applicant’s opportunity to share more about who they are and what makes them unique. The student should complete the form within Ravenna without help from anyone (parents, guardians, teachers, etc.).
Student interests and activities
To learn more about the applicant and how they spend time outside of the classroom, The Downtown School uses the PSIS Student Interests and Activities form within Ravenna. The student should share their extracurricular activities, interests, and/or responsibilities on the form.
The Downtown School uses the PSIS Parent/Guardian Statement form to learn more about the applicant's strengths and challenges from the parent/guardian perspective.
School administrator form
An administrator at the student’s current school completes the school administrator form. Applicants delegate (assign) the form within Ravenna.
The Downtown School uses the PSIS Teacher Evaluation form. Two teacher evaluations are required. One evaluation must be from a humanities teacher (English, history/social studies) and one from a math or science teacher. At least one evaluation must be from a current teacher.
Teacher evaluation forms are also delegated within Ravenna.
Student records must come directly from the applicant’s school. Please use Ravenna to delegate a request to the school(s) for these records:
The first complete report card from the current 2018-2019 academic year.
Full-year transcripts from the 2017-2018 academic year.
The Downtown School does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, or genetic information. This policy applies to all areas of student concerns (admissions, educational policies, financial aid, and other school-administered programs) as well as to all areas of employee concerns and hiring, discipline, promotion, and termination. The Downtown School is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).