Thank you for your interest in The Downtown School! We are currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year for students entering grades 9, 10, and 11. We consider applications on a rolling basis in the spring and summer dependent on space within a 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 different 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 2018-2019 school year is $17,500. Tuition includes a Chromebook (laptop) and course-related software that all students will use.
If the full tuition at The Downtown School is a stretch for your family's income and resources, some financial aid is available. We are currently engaged in raising a financial-aid endowment.
You can learn more about The Downtown School and its programs at the following Puget Sound Independent School fairs:
Independent School Fair for People of Color, Oct. 10, 2018, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S., Seattle, WA, 98118.
Eastside Independent School Fair, Chinook Middle School Bellevue, Oct. 14, 2018, 2:00-4:00 p.m., 2001 98th Ave. NE, Clyde Hill, WA, 98004.
Seattle Independent School Fair, Northgate Community Center, Oct. 16, 2018, 6:00-8:00 p.m., 10515 5th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA, 98125.
The Downtown School will hold two open houses this fall for you to visit and learn more about the school and its program:
Open House: Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, from 2-4 p.m.
Open House: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, from 1-3 p.m.
You may also learn about The Downtown School at the following information session, located at the school. Head of School Sue Belcher will share details about the vision, educational philosophy, and curriculum of The Downtown School. A 20-minute presentation and Q&A will be followed by a tour of the building.
Information Session: Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, from 1-2 p.m.
Sign up for Open House or Information Session in Ravenna.
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.
Below are the remaining steps to complete an application for The Downtown School. All pieces of the application must be complete in order for a student to be considered for the school.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. All interviews are scheduled online within Ravenna.
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).