An Independent School • Grades 5-12

The Application Process

For the 2018-19 school year, the application deadline was January 11, 2018. Lakeside is no longer accepting late applications to all grade levels or international applications. For the 2019-20 school year, the online application will open Monday, September 3, 2018.

The Downtown School: A Lakeside School is currently accepting applications to grades 9 and 10. The admissions processes for Lakeside School and The Downtown School are entirely separate. If you are interested in learning more about The Downtown School and its admissions process, please contact admissions@downtownschoolseattle.org.


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

Create your Ravenna admission account here.

Application Type Description
Middle School

Application for domestic students (students attending school in the US with either permanent resident status or US citizenship) applying to grades 5-8.
Upper School

Application for domestic students (students attending school in the US with either permanent resident status or US citizenship) applying to grades 9-12.
Rainier Scholars MS Application for students currently in the Rainier Scholars program, applying to grades 6-8. (Rainier Scholars will work directly with families to complete the application.)
Rainier Scholars USApplication for students current in the Rainier Scholars program, applying to grade 9. (Rainier Scholars will work directly with families to complete the application.)
International (grades 5-12) Deadline was December 14, 2017 and the application is closed.

Application for students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States - OR - students currently attending school outside of the United States. If you have any questions about this distinction, please contact our office at international@lakesideschool.org or 206-440-2719.

Steps Within the Online Application & FAQ

Applying to grades 5-8

Preliminary Application and Fee

This form is used to gather general information about an applicant and their family. Upon completion of the online form, payment of the non-refundable application fee $25 is due. Lakeside will provide fee waivers to qualifying families (domestic only), which can be obtained by contacting Doug Moon, the assistant director of admissions and financial aid, at financialaid@lakesideschool.org or 206-440-2762.

Due January 11, 2018

Admissions Visit (Middle School only)

Please note: The interview process is different for international applicants; our admissions team will contact you regarding an interview if one is needed. Visit the International Application section for details.

A Middle School admissions visit is required for all applicants. The visit allows applicants and their parents/guardians to learn more about the Middle School. During the visit, applicants, separate from their parent/guardians, will speak with current students, visit classrooms, meet faculty and staff, and complete group activities.

Parents/guardians will hear from the admissions office, a current parent/guardian, Middle School leadership, and a faculty member. Parents/guardians will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding school culture, curriculum, extracurriculars, food service, and anything else you can think of! If applicable, it is not required for both parents/guardians to attend.

The admissions visit lasts approximately one hour and is scheduled through Ravenna. We encourage applicants to register early.

For domestic applicants living outside the Seattle area, please contact Doug Moon at 206-440-2762.

Testing & Character Skills Snapshot

The Secondary School Admissions Test (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 Doug Moon at financialaid@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. Applicants to the 5th grade should register for the Elementary Level SSAT or the Lower Level ISEE. 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.

Important information: Scores for Middle School applicants must be received by mid-February. Middle School applicants can register for the February 3rd, 2018 SSAT test date and their results will be considered on time. Upper School applicants should not register for the February 2018 SSAT test date.

NEW - The Enrollment Management Association's Character Skills Snapshot (CSS)

The Character Skills Snapshot (CSS) is required for applicants to grades 6-12 only. For students who take the SSAT, there is no charge to take the CSS. Once you register for an SSAT, you will have access to the CSS when it launches on September 25, 2017. This is an online assessment completed at home and is separate from the SSAT testing date. Non-SSAT takers must pay $25 to take the CSS. Our office will contact the Ravenna account holder via email with registration information after receipt of ISEE or other upper level testing scores.

Character and personal growth are an integral part of a Lakeside education. Grades and test scores don't tell us the whole story of your child. We care about your children and how they grow - not just their cognitive skills such as writing and math, but also growing into good citizens with integrity, resilience, and teamwork skills - those skills that carry them forward into a successful life.

For more information, 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 11, 2018

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 11, 2018

Parent/Guardian Statement

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

Due January 11, 2018

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 11, 2018 to ensure the recipient has ample time to complete it.

Due mid-February 2018

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, 2017 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 December 15, 2017 to ensure the recipient has ample time to complete it.

Due January 30, 2018

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 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Entire year transcripts from previous 2016-2017 academic year.

Please allow our office time to process incoming materials. Due to high volume, transcripts received after January 11, 2018 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, 2018

Applying to grades 9-12

Preliminary Application and Fee

This form is used to gather general information about an applicant and their family. Upon completion of the online form, payment of the non-refundable application fee $25 is due. Lakeside will provide fee waivers to qualifying families (domestic only), which can be obtained by contacting Doug Moon, the assistant director of admissions and financial aid, at financialaid@lakesideschool.org or 206-440-2762.

Due January 11, 2018

Interview (Upper School)

Please note: The interview process is different for international applicants; our admissions team will contact you regarding an interview if one is needed. 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.

For domestic applicants living outside the Seattle area, we are happy to arrange a Skype or phone interview. Please contact Lilli Forgette at 206-368-3636.

Testing & Character Skills Snapshot

The Secondary School Admissions Test (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 Doug Moon at financialaid@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. 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.

Important 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 2018 SSAT test date.

NEW - The Enrollment Management Association's Character Skills Snapshot (CSS)

The Character Skills Snapshot (CSS) is required for applicants to grades 6-12 only. For students who take the SSAT, there is no charge to take the CSS. Once you register for an SSAT, you will have access to the CSS when it launches on September 25, 2017. This is an online assessment completed at home and is separate from the SSAT testing date. Non-SSAT takers must pay $25 to take the CSS. Our office will contact the Ravenna account holder via email with registration information after receipt of ISEE or other upper level testing scores.

Character and personal growth are an integral part of a Lakeside education. Grades and test scores don't tell us the whole story of your child. We care about your children and how they grow - not just their cognitive skills such as writing and math, but also growing into good citizens with integrity, resilience, and teamwork skills - those skills that carry them forward into a successful life.

For more information, 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 11, 2018

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 11, 2018

Parent/Guardian Statement

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

Due January 11, 2018

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 11, 2018 to ensure the recipient has ample time to complete it.

Due January 30, 2018

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, 2017 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 December 15, 2017 to ensure the recipient has ample time to complete it.

Due January 30, 2018

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 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Entire year transcripts from previous 2016-2017 academic year.

Please allow our office time to process incoming materials. Due to high volume, transcripts received after January 11, 2018 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, 2018

International Applicants

Preliminary Application

This form is used to gather general information about an applicant and their family. Upon completion of the online form, payment of the non-refundable $75 application fee is due.

Due December 14, 2017

TOEFL Test

International applicants must take the TOEFL if their first language or primary language spoken in their home is not English. Please designate Lakeside School as an official score report recipient on the TOEFL registration form. Lakeside School code is B621. More information about the TOEFL can be found at www.toefl.org.

While Lakeside School does not require a minimum total score, students must earn at least the following in each section:

  • Reading: 22
  • Listening: 22
  • Speaking: 26
  • Writing: 24

SSAT & Character Skills Snapshot

SSAT

  • The SSAT is required for international applicants. Please register for the SSAT at www.ssat.org.
  • We must receive testing scores DIRECTLY from the SSAT organization (Enrollment Management Association).
  • Our SSAT school code is 4462.

Character Skills Snapshot (CSS)

  • Only applicants to grades 6-12 are required to take the CSS. When you register for the SSAT you are automatically registered for the CSS.
  • The CSS is completed online, at home, separately from the SSAT.

Do not register for a test in 2018. For an international application to be considered on-time, the last testing date for both SSAT and CSS is December 09, 2017.

Teacher Evaluations

Use Ravenna to request two teacher evaluations. 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.

Please submit requests to teachers prior to December 14. Completed evaluations can be received after December 14, but no later than January 30, 2018.

School Administrator Form

Use Ravenna to send this form to a school administrator (e.g. registrar, principal, division head) at the applicant's current school.

Please submit requests prior to December 14. Completed forms can be received after December 14, but no later than January 30, 2018.

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 December 14, 2017

Student Interest 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 December 14, 2017

Records Request

All records must come directly from your student's school. Use Ravenna to submit a records request to your school/s.

Requirements

  • First complete report card from the current 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Entire year transcripts from previous 2016-2017 academic year.

Please submit requests prior to December 14. Report cards can be received after December 14, but no later than January 30, 2018.

Interview Information

After all pieces of the application are received, Lakeside will determine if an interview is needed (via Skype) and will contact the applicant or family directly. If you are not contacted to schedule an interview, no interview is required.

FAQ

How many students are in each grade?

Middle School
5th grade - 34 students
6th grade - 68 students
7th grade - 85 students
8th grade - 85 students

Upper School
9th grade - 145 students
10th grade - 145 students
11th grade - 145 students
12th grade - 145 students

How many spaces are available for new students?

Middle School
5th grade - 34 spaces
6th grade - 34 spaces
7th grade - 17 spaces
8th grade - 0-2 spaces

Upper School
9th grade - 60-65 spaces
10th grade - 0-2 spaces
11th grade - 0-2 spaces
12th grade - 0 spaces

We typically receive about five to six applications for every available space.

What is the most important part of the application for admission?

We consider all parts of the application and take a holistic approach in our admission process. We do not have a weighted system for different sections of the application.

What is the average class size?

Our average class size is 17 students.

Who is successful at Lakeside School?

Successful Lakesiders have a demonstrated joy for learning and a record of academic success within the context of their own experience; a willingness to be open-minded and positively engaged in a diverse community; and the skills, potential, and desire to progress within our program.

What types of schools do students come from?

How can I learn more about financial aid?

Lakeside has a generous and extensive need-based financial-aid program that supports qualifying families with incomes from $10,000 to over $250,000. Financial assistance for recipients extends beyond tuition and covers additional school-related costs including, but not limited to, food, books, bus, laptop, and field trips. For additional information, including average awards by income, click here and select the Policies and Income Commitments tab.


How's the food?

It's delicious! Faculty, staff, and students all eat on campus in either the Middle or Upper School cafeteria. Hot breakfast and lunch are available every day, with many snack choices. There are vegetarian and vegan options, and we also have "Meatless Mondays" each week. Students can choose to bring lunch from home, purchase their entire lunch on campus, or do a combination of both. See a sample menu here!

How can I learn more about college counseling?

Lakeside has an extensive and personalized college counseling process that begins, in earnest, spring of a student's junior year. Our goal is for students to enroll at a school where they will thrive. Visit our college counseling page to learn more. Click here to view our college profile which includes our graduation requirements and five-year college matriculation details.

How do students get to campus?

Students walk, bike, drive, carpool, or take the bus! To learn more about our transportation options, please visit our dedicated transportation page.