The Downtown School is currently accepting applications to the 2018-2019 school year for students entering grades 9 and 10. The application deadline is Jan. 11, 2018.

Please read below for details on the application process and requirements. For questions, welcome to contact the admissions office at or 206-440-2718.

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.


Learn about The Downtown School at an upcoming hard-hat tour. Spaces are limited, so sign up soon through Ravenna.

Hard-Hat Tours of The Downtown School. Sign up through Ravenna.

Head of School Sue Belcher will share details about the vision, educational philosophy, and curriculum of The Downtown School while leading small groups through the building. The Downtown School is located at 204 Warren Avenue N, Seattle.

  • Sunday, Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 28 at 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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.

Application Types

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.   

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 to request a fee waiver.

Please note: The sooner a family completes the preliminary application form, the sooner they can schedule the student interview.

Due Jan. 11, 2018


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. They are not required to attend an information session or tour prior to the interview.   

Admissions testing

The SSAT is the preferred admissions test for applicants to The Downtown School. To register for the SSAT: Visit 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 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 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.

Due Feb. 1, 2018

Student essay

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.).

Due Jan. 11, 2018

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.

Due Jan. 11, 2018

Parent/guardian statement

To learn more about the applicant's strengths and challenges from the parent/guardian perspective, The Downtown School uses the PSIS Parent/Guardian Statement form.

Due Jan. 11, 2018

School administrator form

An administrator at the student’s current school completes the school administrator form. Applicants delegate (assign) the form within Ravenna. Delegate this form by Jan. 11, 2018, to ensure the recipient has time to complete it.

Due Jan. 31, 2018

Teacher evaluations

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. Be sure to request the current teacher evaluation after Nov. 1, 2017, to ensure sufficient time in the classroom. An evaluation from a previous teacher can be requested at any time.

Teacher evaluation forms are also delegated within Ravenna. Delegate this form by Jan. 11, 2018, to ensure the recipients have time to complete them.

Due Jan. 31, 2018

Student records

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 2017-2018 academic year.

  • Full-year transcripts from the 2016-2017 academic year.

Due Jan. 31, 2018

An application will be considered on time even if first-semester grades at the current school are not available until after Jan. 31 due to the school’s academic calendar.

Nondiscrimination Policy

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 personnel and employee concerns and hiring, discipline, promotion, and termination. The Downtown School is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).