An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Welcome!

Our admissions team is here to help
you learn about Lakeside and assist you
throughout the application process.

Thank you for your interest in Lakeside School!

Lakeside students 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.

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

 

Create your Ravenna admission account here.

Learn about the application

Find your application type

Application Type Description
Middle School
 
For students applying to grades 5-8, who are US citizens or permanent residents attending school in the United States or abroad.
Upper School
 
For students applying to grades 9-12, who are US citizens or permanent residents attending school in the United States or abroad.
Rainier Scholars MS 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 US 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)
 

For students who attend school internationally AND are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. If you have any questions, please contact our office at international@lakesideschool.org.

Application dates

January 15, 2019 - Application deadline

February 22, 2019 - Upper School (grades 9-12) decisions released online in Ravenna at noon.

March 15, 2019 - Middle School (grades 5-8) decisions released online in Ravenna at noon.

March 19, 2019 - Upper School new enrollment deadline

March 26, 2019 - Middle School new enrollment deadline

Middle School application steps

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.

Admissions visit (Middle School only)

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. Registration is required in Ravenna (once a family has submitted the preliminary application) and we encourage applicants to complete this step as early as possible. 

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.

The visit process is different for international applicants; our admissions team will contact you if an interview is needed. Visit the International Application page for details.

Testing & Character Skills Snapshot

The Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) is required for applicants to grades 5-10. 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.

Which SSAT test level should I register for?

Applying to SSAT level
Grade 5 Elementary
Grade 6 Middle
Grade 7 Middle
Grade 8 Middle
Grade 9-12 Upper

           

 

 

 

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.

 

The Character Skills Snapshot

The Character Skills Snapshot is required for applicants to grades 6-12 and there is no charge to take The Snapshot. Once you register for an SSAT, you will have access to The Snapshot. This is an online assessment completed at home and is separate from the SSAT testing date. 

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 & short answer questions

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

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.

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 to ensure the recipient has ample time to complete it.

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

Due January 31, 2019

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 2018-19 academic year (first quarter or first semester grades).
  • Entire year transcripts from previous 2017-18 academic year.

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

Due mid-February, 2019

Upper School application steps

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.

Interview (Upper School)

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. Registration is required in Ravenna (once a family has submitted the preliminary application) and we encourage applicants to complete this step as early as possible. 

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.

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.

Testing & Character Skills Snapshot

The Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) is required for applicants to grades 5-10. 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 11-12 may submit scores from the SSAT, ACT, PSAT, or SAT test.

Which SSAT test level should I register for?

Applying to SSAT level
Grade 5 Elementary
Grade 6 Middle
Grade 7 Middle
Grade 8 Middle
Grade 9-12 Upper

           

 

 

 

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.

 

The Character Skills Snapshot

The Character Skills Snapshot is required for applicants to grades 6-12 only. For students who take the SSAT, there is no charge to take The Snapshot. Once you register for an SSAT, you will have access to The Snapshot. This is an online assessment completed at home and is separate from the SSAT testing date. 

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 & short answer questions

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

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.

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 to ensure the recipient has ample time to complete it.

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

Due January 31, 2019

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 the deadline may not be reflected as received for up to two weeks. Your student’s application will not be considered late due to this processing time.

Due January 31, 2019

International Applicants

Please visit and review the International Applicants page.


Learn more about our academic program

2018-2019 Upper School Curriculum Guide

2018-2019 Middle School Curriculum Guide

Contact Us

General inquiries:
admissions@lakesideschool.org
Phone: 206-368-3605
Fax: 206-440-2777

Financial aid inquiries:
financialaid@lakesideschool.org

International inquiries:
international@lakesideschool.org

The Downtown School inquiries:
admissions@downtownschoolseattle.org

Office hours:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admissions office closures:
August 29-30
September 3
November 22-26
December 24-31
January 1-2, 2019

Admissions Team

Emily Aktepy

Admissions and Financial Aid Operations Manager/Assistant to the Associate Head of School

Lilli Forgette

Admissions Visit Manager

Tearon Joseph

Associate Director of Admissions/Financial Aid Programs Director

Booth Kyle

Associate Head of School/Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Matt Miller

Admissions Associate/Head Swim Coach

Doug Moon

Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Eliza Parsons

Associate Director of Admissions

Maureen Yeung

Associate Director of Admissions

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

Lakeside 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, athletics, educational policies, financial aid, and other school-administered programs) as well as to all areas of employee concerns and hiring, discipline, promotion, and termination. Lakeside School is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).