An Independent School • Grades 5-12

The Application Process

Domestic application due Jan. 12, 2017.
International application due Dec. 14, 2016.

Deadline Note: For the domestic application, it is important that items in your control (e.g. student essays, parent/guardian statement, requesting evaluations, and registering for an interview) are submitted by January 12. Items completed by others (e.g. school administrator form, teacher evaluations, transcripts) should be received as soon as possible, but no later than January 30 for Upper School and mid-February for Middle School.

If your current school's first semester grades are not available until after January 30, due to their academic calendar, your application will still be considered on-time.


Once a student decides Lakeside may be a good fit, the next step is to create an admission account in Ravenna, our application management system. Through Ravenna, families can manage their applications online, complete family forms, and request teacher evaluations and transcripts.

Create your Ravenna admission account here.

Below is a summary of the steps to complete an online application for Lakeside School. We look forward to getting to know your family!

Application Types

Once an account is created in Ravenna, the student will be asked to choose an application type.

Please note that if the student is…

  • A non-U.S. citizen currently living/studying outside the United States, apply using the international application.
  • A U.S. citizen currently living/studying outside the United States, apply using the standard application (not the international).
  • A Rainier Scholar, apply using the Rainier Scholar application.
  • Required Steps Within the Online Application

    Upper School

    Deadline Note: It is important that items in your control (e.g. student essays, parent/guardian statement, requesting evaluations, and registering for an interview) are submitted by January 12. Items completed by others (e.g. school administrator form, teacher evaluations, transcripts) should be received as soon as possible, but no later than January 30.

    If your current school's first semester grades are not available until after January 30, due to their academic calendar, your application will still be considered on-time.

    Family Information Form and Application Fee

    This form is used to gather general information about an applicant's family. Upon completion of the online form, payment of the non-refundable application fee $25 (domestic) or $75 (international) is due. Lakeside will extend fee waivers to qualifying families (domestic only), which can be obtained by contacting Tearon Joseph, the associate director of admissions and financial aid, at tearon.joseph@lakesideschool.org or 206-440-2773.

    Please note: The sooner a family completes the family information form the earlier they can schedule the student interview. See the next section for interview information.

    Due January 12, 2017

    Interview (Upper School)

    Please note: The interview process is different for international applicants – visit the International Application section for details.

    All interviews are scheduled online within Ravenna once a family has started the application process and paid the application fee.

    The Upper School interview process is a 20-25 minute informal conversation and will include 10-15 minutes for parents and guardians to ask questions of their student's interviewer.

    Admissions Testing

    The SSAT is the preferred admissions test for applicants to Lakeside. Please consult www.ssat.org for registration and other specific information, including access to the new "practice portal". Fee waivers for the SSAT test and practice portal are available. Please contact Tearon Joseph at tearon.joseph@lakesideschool.org to request a fee waiver.

    Applicants for grades 5-10 have the option to take the SSAT or ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination) test. We understand SSAT spaces are very limited at this time. Please note that taking an ISEE test does not negatively affect the application.

    Applicants for grades 11-12 may submit scores from the SSAT, ISEE, PreACT, ACT, PSAT, or SAT test.

    All testing must occur during the current school year, beginning in September. Scores from prior years or summer months will not be accepted.

    There is no minimum score requirement for admission.

    Deadline information: Upper School admissions test scores must be received by the first week of February for an applicant to be considered on time. For this reason, Upper School applicants should not register for the February 11, 2017 SSAT test date.

    The Enrollment Management Association's Character Skills Assessment (CSA)

    Optional for applicants to grades 6 – 12. Beta testing only. Lakeside currently does not receive CSA test results.

    Traits like teamwork, empathy, and integrity are a sign of values and character in action and part of what we’re looking for in our student body. Lakeside School is pleased to participate in the beta testing pilot of The Enrollment Management Association’s Character Skills Assessment (CSA), a groundbreaking tool meant to examine character traits children demonstrate every day in school and in the community.

    Students applying for grades 6-12 who have registered for the SSAT test will be contacted by The Enrollment Management Association to take the optional CSA test. Fifth-grade applicants are not part of the beta testing. For more information regarding the CSA, please click here.

    Student Essay

    This is your opportunity to share more about who you are and what makes you unique. Please complete the form within Ravenna without help from anyone (parents, guardians, teachers, etc.).

    Due January 12, 2017

    Student Interests and Activities

    We are interested in learning more about you and how you spend your time outside the classroom. Share your extracurricular activities, interests, and/or responsibilities on the form within Ravenna.

    Parent/Guardian Statement

    We are interested in hearing about the applicant's strengths and challenges from the parent/guardian perspective.

    Due January 12, 2017

    School Administrator Form

    This form is delegated, within Ravenna, to a school administrator (e.g. registrar, principal, division head) at the applicant's current school. It is highly encouraged to delegate this form by January 12, 2017 to ensure the recipient has ample time to complete it.

    Due January 30, 2017

    Teacher Evaluations

    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. It is highly recommended to request the current teacher evaluation after Nov. 1, 2016 to ensure sufficient time in the classroom. An evaluation from a previous teacher can be requested at any time.

    Teacher Evaluation forms are delegated within Ravenna. It is highly encouraged to delegate this form by January 12, 2017 to ensure the recipient has ample time to complete it.

    Due January 30, 2017

    Records Request

    We request that all records come directly from your student's school. Please use Ravenna to submit the records request to your school/s.

    • First complete report card from the current 2016-2017 academic year.
    • Entire year transcripts from previous 2015-2016 academic year.

    Please allow our office time to process incoming materials. Due to high volume, transcripts received after January 12, 2017 may not be reflected here for up to two weeks. Your student’s application will not be considered late due to this processing time.

    Due January 30, 2017

    Middle School

    Deadline Note: It is important that items in your control (e.g. student essays, parent/guardian statement, requesting evaluations, and registering for an interview) are submitted by January 12. Items completed by others (e.g. school administrator form, teacher evaluations, transcripts) should be received as soon as possible, but no later than mid-February.

    Family Information Form and Application Fee

    This form is used to gather general information about an applicant's family. Upon completion of the online form, payment of the non-refundable application fee $25 (domestic) or $75 (international) is due. Lakeside will extend fee waivers to qualifying families (domestic only), which can be obtained by contacting Tearon Joseph, the associate director of admissions and financial aid, at tearon.joseph@lakesideschool.org or 206-440-2773.

    Please note: The sooner a family completes the family information form the earlier they can schedule the student interview. See the next section for interview information.

    Due January 12, 2017

    Interview (Middle School)

    Please note: The interview process is different for international applicants – visit the International Application section for details.

    All interviews are scheduled online within Ravenna once a family has started the application process and paid the application fee.

    Middle School applicants will participate in group activities designed to help us assess their collaborative and individual abilities. During the student-group activity, parents and guardians will attend a panel presentation including teachers, administrators, and parents and guardians of enrolled students.

    Admissions Testing

    The SSAT is the preferred admissions test for applicants to Lakeside. Please consult www.ssat.org for registration and other specific information, including access to the new "practice portal". Fee waivers for the SSAT test and practice portal are available. Please contact Tearon Joseph at tearon.joseph@lakesideschool.org to request a fee waiver.

    Applicants for grades 5-10 have the option to take the SSAT or ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination) test. We understand SSAT spaces are very limited at this time. Please note that taking an ISEE test does not negatively affect the application.

    All testing must occur during the current school year, beginning in September. Scores from prior years or summer months will not be accepted.

    There is no minimum score requirement for admission.

    Deadline information: Middle School admissions test scores must be received by the last week in February for an applicant to be considered on time. For this reason, Middle School applicants should not register for the March 4, 2017 SSAT test date.

    The Enrollment Management Association's Character Skills Assessment (CSA)

    Optional for applicants to grades 6 – 12. Beta testing only. Lakeside currently does not receive CSA test results.

    Traits like teamwork, empathy, and integrity are a sign of values and character in action and part of what we’re looking for in our student body. Lakeside School is pleased to participate in the beta testing pilot of The Enrollment Management Association’s Character Skills Assessment (CSA), a groundbreaking tool meant to examine character traits children demonstrate every day in school and in the community.

    Students applying for grades 6-12 who have registered for the SSAT test will be contacted by The Enrollment Management Association to take the optional CSA test. Fifth-grade applicants are not part of the beta testing. For more information regarding the CSA, please click here.

    Student Essay

    This is your opportunity to share more about who you are and what makes you unique. Please complete the form within Ravenna without help from anyone (parents, guardians, teachers, etc.).

    Due January 12, 2017

    Student Interests and Activities

    We are interested in learning more about you and how you spend your time outside the classroom. Share your extracurricular activities, interests, and/or responsibilities on the form within Ravenna.

    Due January 12, 2017

    Parent/Guardian Statement

    We are interested in hearing about the applicant's strengths and challenges from the parent/guardian perspective.

    Due January 12, 2017

    School Administrator Form

    This form is delegated, within Ravenna, to a school administrator (e.g. registrar, principal, division head) at the applicant's current school. It is highly encouraged to delegate this form by January 12, 2017 to ensure the recipient has ample time to complete it.

    Due mid-February 2017

    Teacher Evaluations

    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. It is highly recommended to request the current teacher evaluation after Nov. 1, 2016 to ensure sufficient time in the classroom. An evaluation from a previous teacher can be requested at any time.

    For 5th or 6th grade applicants, it is understood that some teacher evaluations may not be subject specific.

    Teacher Evaluation forms are delegated within Ravenna. It is highly encouraged to delegate this form by January 12, 2017 to ensure the recipient has ample time to complete it.

    Records Request

    We request that all records come directly from your student's school. Please use Ravenna to submit the records request to your school/s.

    • First complete report card from the current 2016-2017 academic year.
    • Entire year transcripts from previous 2015-2016 academic year.

    Please allow our office time to process incoming materials. Due to high volume, transcripts received after January 12, 2017 may not be reflected here for up to two weeks. Your student’s application will not be considered late due to this processing time.

    Due mid-February, 2017

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