High School Application Process

Finding the right high school for your student is an exciting process. Our Middle School faculty and Admission staff has compiled this information to help guide you through the process. We also hope that you will contact us this year with questions, comments and observations about the process.

James Joseph, Middle School Director, email
Norma Jenner,
Academic and Student Life Coordinator, email
Angela Dugan, Director of Admissions, 206.527.9388, email


  • Download this Application Timeline as a PDF>

    7th Grade

    October - January

    Summer before 8th Grade

    • Narrow down your school choices
    • Know when visit day appointments open
    • Do some entrance exam prep, if appropriate
    • Update your educational assessment, if needed
    • Schedule a meeting with Angela Dugan and/or Norma Jenner, if desired

    8th Grade

    Early September

    • Begin scheduling student visits (online registration opens as early as September 1st for some schools, others require submission of application first)
    • Be aware of Seattle Public Advanced Learning programs teacher referral and test registration deadlines (see http://www.seattleschools.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=14554)

    October - November

    December 1

    Forms/requests due to Villa (intention form, records requests, teacher evaluations)

    Early December

    • Sibling applications due for many schools - check school websites
    • Preliminary applications due for many schools - check school websites

    End of December

    Financial Aid deadline for some Catholic schools

    January 1

    Check open enrollment periods for non-Seattle Public School districts if interested


    • Application deadline for Catholic Schools
    • Application deadline for independent schools
    • Financial Aid deadline for some Catholic schools
    • Most schools have a grace period for the ISEE and school records until the end of January

    Early February

    Financial Aid deadline for most Independent Schools


    • Decision notification for Catholic School
    • Decision notification for Independent Schools (usually later than Catholic)

    End of February

    Confirmation of acceptance/Deposit due to Catholic High Schools

    February - March

    Open Enrollment Period for Seattle Public Schools - choice schools


    Remaining Independent Schools Decision Notification to families

    End of March

    Confirmation of acceptance/deposit due to Independent Schools

    Download this Application Timeline as a PDF>>

  • ❏ Read high school family guide  (check!)

    ❏ Investigate schools and attend Open Houses

    ❏ Use High School Family Questionnaire (optional) to help prioritize and coordinate your family’s plan

    ❏ Schedule school visits (3 visits permitted as excused absences with visit form submitted to Main Office in advance)

    ❏ Register for entrance tests, consider early test dates in case you get sick or want to re-take it

    ❏ Turn in Intention Form with records requests and teacher evaluation requests (either hard copy forms or online) by December 1

    ❏ Complete applications for high schools, including essays

    ❏ Submit application online or directly to schools before the due date

    ❏ Submit financial aid forms, as necessary

    ❏ Send in deposit upon decision

    ❏ Register student with public schools, as necessary


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