The Bush School

Experience Education: The Bush School is an independent, coeducational day school located in Seattle, WA enrolling 630 students in grades K–12.

The mission of The Bush School is "to spark in students of diverse backgrounds and talents a passion for learning, accomplishment, and contribution to their communities." The Bush School's Educational Foundations:
-Critical, independent, and creative thinking
-Ethical judgment and action
-Intercultural fluency
-Local and global citizenship

Operating as usual

02/07/2024

Today for National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the Middle School 'Girls in Sports' club organized a breakfast panel with current and former professional and collegiate athletes Ellie Greenberg, Xylina McDaniel, Mel Harrow, Claudia Abram ’21, Amanda Gow ’22. Panelists shared words of inspiration, advice, favorite memories of their sports careers, and answered questions from the audience. We recognize and celebrate all of the coaches, families, athletes, Blazer fans, and trainers who have shaped the Bush Athletics program and its student-athletes for the past 100 years and into our future.

Thank you to Girls in Sports club members Charlotte F. ’30, Aleeyah M. ’30, Margot S. ’30, Lourdes M. ’30, Beatrix A. ’30, Angelina P. ’30, Astrid O. ’30, and Alejandra I. ’30 for helping to organize the day, for providing cookies, and to the panelists for inspiring student-athletes and spending your morning with us! Go Blazers!

Photos from The Bush School's post 02/06/2024

"You never know what opportunity is going to travel to you, or through you" - Mary Oliver ⁠

Bush Upper School Students spent their Cascades experiential education programs exploring the globe far and wide. Students learned about photography in Death Valley, climbed in Joshua Tree, sea kayaked in New Zealand, learned about economic development in Cambodia, and immersed themselves in conversations with farmers, activists, and leaders in Taiwan.

02/06/2024

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, The Bush School invited Peter Metzelaar from the Holocaust Center for Humanity to speak to the Upper School during Monday Morning Meeting time about his experience as a Holocaust survivor during World War II. Peter and his mother hid from the N***s for two and half years on a small farm in the Netherlands during World War II, later moving to The Hague, where he was able to attend school briefly using false papers. Peter closed his talk with his hope for continued tolerance and independent thought among the younger generation. “Live with a thought that might be different from yours,” Peter said.

Philo Nakachwa shares her passion for dance with Mercer Island | Mercer Island Reporter 02/05/2024

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! For her Upper School Cascade internship this past January, Ella W. '25 pitched and wrote several articles for local newspaper, the Mercer Island Reporter. Read below to check out one of the articles she wrote about one local woman spreading joy through dance.

Philo Nakachwa shares her passion for dance with Mercer Island | Mercer Island Reporter Here’s why she dances on the corner of 77th Avenue SE and SE 27th Street.

02/02/2024

Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a student intern? As part of their Upper School Cascade experience, Heloise W.'25 and O'Brien D.'25 spent two weeks at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center in Seattle. They filmed a "Day in the Life" vlog taking viewers through part of their experience and what they encountered and learned. Check out these awesome students experiencing education and view the full video at https://vimeo.com/909268759/9795b44e5e?share=copy.

02/02/2024

The Blazers of Color | Leadership panel is next Thursday, February 8! What inspires Stephanie to lead-“Inspiration is different for every situation. Overall, I guess it would be to get the satisfaction of accomplishing a goal as a team.”

Hear more from Stephanie and her co-panelists owner of Marjorie and Executive VP of Community Roots Housing Donna Moodie, PCC President and CEO Krish Srinivasan, former U.S. Attorney for Western Washington Nick Brown, and Dean of the UW College of Education Dr. Mia Tuan at Blazers of Color | Leadership on Thursday, February 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the Upper School South Multipurpose Room.

Register at https://blazersofcolorleadership.rsvpify.com/?securityToken=B2pQwmOEoUaMRKRdIvKh39k9rdvdHxgJ.

Photos from The Bush School's post 02/02/2024

Today, Upper School students participated in an Exhibition of Learning, presenting about their Cascades experiences throughout the last three weeks and listening to classmate's presentations. From board games to campus gardens to kinetic art and international trips, we are so excited to keep sharing Bush students learning by doing. Stay tuned for student vlogs, photos, and more experiential education!

Photos from Whenua Iti Outdoors's post 01/31/2024

Bush Upper School students in the “Kaitiakitanga in Aotearoa New Zealand: Māori Cultural Immersion and Outdoor Adventure” Cascade returned from their epic twelve-day program yesterday. Kaitiakitanga means the guardianship and practices of looking after the environment. Check out some photos and read all about their incredible experience below. We are so grateful for this incredible partnership with Whenua Iti Outdoors.

01/31/2024

Meet Nick Brown, former U.S. Attorney for Western Washington and current candidate for Washington Attorney General, and a Blazers of Color | Leadership panelist.

What inspires Nick to lead-“The need is great, my faith in people, and the hope I have that we can make a difference.”

Hear more from Nick and his co-panelists owner of Marjorie and Executive VP of Community Roots Housing Donna Moodie, PCC President and CEO Krish Srinivasan, CEO and owner of Phīla Engaged Giving Stephanie Ellis-Smith, and Dean of the UW College of Education Dr. Mia Tuan at Blazers of Color | Leadership on Thursday, February 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the Upper School South Multipurpose Room.

Register at https://blazersofcolorleadership.rsvpify.com/?securityToken=1SdlzCugN4kNcmiQZbfUEWKXuhCZPot8.

Photos from The Bush School's post 01/30/2024

This month, Upper School students had the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the idea of “Embracing Winter” — exploring what that concept looked and felt like in Seattle and the Methow Valley. In this Cascade, students spent time in the Methow Valley making connections with locals, working with Sara Ashford at Culler Studio in Twisp learning how to dye fabrics with natural materials, and spent quality time outdoors snowshoeing and enjoying the North Cascades. Back in Seattle, students created a quilt with the fabric they dyed, took walks in the Arboretum, and had bonding time ice skating! ⁠

We are inspired by their cozy activities, what is your favorite way to embrace winter?⁠

📸: Steve Mitchell

01/30/2024

The Centennial Brick Campaign will continue throughout the year BUT TODAY is the deadline to purchase if you would like to see it revealed at the Bush Block Party on Saturday, June 1.

Helpful guidelines: the bricks can accommodate a total of sixty characters across three lines of text, with a maximum of twenty characters per line. Spaces are included in character count.

Brick purchases support the Bush Endowment, allowing you to make a long-term investment in the school.

Visit https://bushcentennial.com/ to purchase your brick.

01/29/2024

The Bush School has hired Robert Blackwell (Rob) as our new Middle School Director. Rob’s warmth, intellectual curiosity, and authentic leadership position him to build our Middle School community for the future. He currently serves as the Assistant Director of Middle School at Lakeside School, he has helped to build strong systems for faculty and students, created policies and enforcements around discipline, and helped to reinforce and maintain a strong academic culture in the Middle School.

Rob’s hiring comes as we embark on our second century of teaching and learning in Seattle. He joins a community of engaged faculty, inspired students, and supportive adults who are eager to see the Middle School continue to grow, refine, and excel in the years ahead. Rob will serve at the helm when the new Center Campus/Middle School building opens in fall 2027. Rob will begin his tenure at The Bush School on July 1, 2024. We cannot wait to welcome him, his wife Leslie, and his son Raymond (12) to our community. To learn more about Rob and this exciting leadership appointment, click here: https://bush.myschoolapp.com/podium/push/default.aspx?s=409&i=639855&u=0

📸 by Tom Reese

01/27/2024

January 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a date recognized as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. A recent YouGoV poll found that 20% of respondents under 30 either strongly agree or tend to agree that the Holocaust is a myth (compared to 1% of respondents over 65). Among that same age group 23% believed that the Holocaust has been exaggerated. Learn more about these findings at https://today.yougov.com/politics/articles/48112-increasing-numbers-of-americans-say-antisemitism-is-a-serious-problem.

With anti-Semitism on the rise, in the United States and around the world, it is critically important that we recognize this solemn day, educate ourselves about anti-Jewish hate, and take action so that this atrocity can never happen again.

Head of School Percy L. Abram shares, “Now more than ever, there is an urgency to identify, confront, and eradicate hatred and antisemitism in society. This begins by educating ourselves about the atrocities that took place during the Holocaust and honoring those who died senselessly and mercilessly by the N**i regime and indirectly those that helped bring them to power.”

Photos from The Bush School's post 01/26/2024

As the second week of Upper School Cascades wraps up, we want to share more about the amazing things Bush students have been doing! Sixty-eight Eleventh Grade students are participating in internships with local businesses and organizations that range from universities and art studios to local medical clinics and creative firms. Students on campus are learning wilderness medicine, creating tabletop games, studying the art of podcasting, building new gardens, and more. Cascades span far and wide with students in the Methow Valley, New Zealand, Kenya, Taiwan, Joshua Tree, and beyond.

01/26/2024

Meet Dr. Mia Tuan, Dean of the University of Washington College of Education, and a Blazers of Color | Leadership panelist.⁠

“Contributing to the public good is what inspires me to lead. Knowing that my actions contribute to advancing equity, justice, and well-being makes the stress and wear-tear of leading worth it!” ⁠

Hear more from Mia and her co-panelists owner of Marjorie and Executive VP of Community Roots Housing Donna Moodie, PCC President and CEO Krish Srinivasan, CEO and owner of Phīla Engaged Giving Stephanie Ellis-Smith, and former U.S. Attorney for Western Washington for Western Washington Nick Brown at Blazers of Color | Leadership on Thursday, February 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the Upper School South Multipurpose Room.⁠

Register at https://blazersofcolorleadership.rsvpify.com/?securityToken=XNY0TvLgrEguzLsBhYXhrvlnnHiYuVE9.⁠

01/25/2024

Come help us get the party started early and join us for Celebrate Day on Thursday, February 1! The Celebrate Bush team will be located at the Lower School gate during morning drop-off available to answer any questions, help you register for Celebrate Bush: Eras, and get you in the celebratory mode!

In honor of our centennial year, the first 100 individuals to register for Celebrate Bush on Thursday will be added to a drawing for a limited-edition vintage Bush t-shirt! All K-12 parents and guardians are encouraged to stop by. We hope to see you there!

Visit https://www.bush.edu/giving/celebrate-bush to learn more about Celebrate Bush, ways to donate, and register.

01/24/2024

As a part of their internship this winter through the Upper School Cascades program, Eleventh Grade students Barack A.’25 and Edwin D.’25 traveled to Willapa Bay on the southern Washington coast to work with University of Washington professor Jennifer
Ruesink collecting data on the clams in the tidal flats. Back in Seattle, Barack and Edwin will examine the data they collected from their visit to the coast at a UW laboratory and conduct research on their findings.

Professor Ruesink will send the students’ report to the manager of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s clam ground in Willapa Bay and to four of the major clam growers in the bay, so that they can learn from what Barack and Edwin discover.

01/24/2024

Happy ! Our latest trustee profile features Wesley Burns, Founder and Managing Partner of Transformational Advisory Group. Click on the link below to learn more about Wes and his goals for The Bush School.

https://www.bush.edu/news-detail?pk=1567945

Photos from The Bush School's post 01/23/2024

Lions, and rhinos, and elephants, Oh My! Bush Eleventh Grade students Cameron S.'25, Charlotte D.'25, and Paige O.'25 are currently in Kenya for their Upper School Cascade in partnership with Daraja Academy. Cameron, Charlotte, and Paige have been busy shadowing students, learning how to introduce themselves in Swahili, and going on a game drive to see Kenyan wildlife! They will be keeping a blog throughout their journey located on the Blazer Bulletin Board, read their most recent post at https://www.bush.edu/announcement-detail?pk=1337475&fromId=312486.

01/23/2024

Meet Krish Srinivasan, the President and CEO of PCC, and a Blazers of Color | Leadership panelist.

“My energy is at its strongest when a personal passion crosses paths with a deep sense of purpose. It is in these moments that something special is kindled in me, and I am drawn to contribute in whatever way the moment most requires. I find that leadership, more than anything, requires the ability to communicate with compassion, transparency, and clarity – and at all times be able to answer the question “Why do we do what we do, and how do we need to show up when we do these things?”

Hear more from Krish and his co-panelists Dean of the UW College of Education Dr. Mia Tuan, owner of Marjorie and Executive VP of Community Roots Housing Donna Moodie, CEO and owner of Phīla Engaged Giving Stephanie Ellis-Smith, and former U.S. Attorney for Western Washington at Blazers of Color | Leadership on Thursday, February 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the Upper School South Multipurpose Room.

Register at https://blazersofcolorleadership.rsvpify.com/?securityToken=G6I3LwNS7XET1DBtO3sjfp6fovhsJDaY

Photos from The Bush School's post 01/19/2024

Faculty and Upper School students presented to the Board of Trustees about their experiences at the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference and People of Color Conference at Thursday's Board meeting!

01/19/2024

Happy ! Get to know Lower School Fourth Grade Teacher Juli Kilman, who is in her first year of teaching at Bush.

What is your favorite part of teaching?
"Being in a school community that values learning by doing. I teach Fourth Grade Science and we do a lot of hands on work whenever we can. It’s a lot of work and mess but it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn and have fun. We all learn differently, and it is so satisfying to see a student who must sit through quiet and still activities get to move around!"

Learn more about Juli and other amazing community Bush members by clicking here: https://www.bush.edu/our-community/faculty-spotlight

01/18/2024

A celebration to last throughout the years! Registration for Celebrate Bush | Eras is now open! This year’s theme, Eras, is a celebration of Bush through the years in the school’s milestone occasion. Join us on Friday, March 8 at Seattle Convention Center Summit for an unforgettable community celebration with dinner, drinks, silent and live auction and more – all in support of financial aid! Register at https://www.bush.edu/giving/celebrate-bush

01/17/2024

Meet Donna Moodie, the famed owner of Marjorie, a favorite Seattle restaurant, Executive Vice President of Community Roots Housing, and a Blazers of Color | Leadership panelist. ⁠

“I am inspired to lead because there is a need. I have always been driven to serve. Leadership is an opportunity to work in community and improve conditions, share, learn, dream, and execute vision. We are sometimes called to serve, we sometimes are aware of a void, finding our skill set, life experience can provide guidance to repair and heal.”⁠

Hear more from Donna and her co-panelists Dean of the UW College of Education Dr. Mia Tuan, PCC President and CEO Krish Srinivasan, CEO and owner of Phīla Engaged Giving Stephanie Ellis-Smith, and former Attorney General for Western Washington Nick Brown at Blazers of Color | Leadership on Thursday, February 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the Upper School South Multipurpose Room.⁠

Register at https://blazersofcolorleadership.rsvpify.com/?securityToken=lLPqdx2MriTmOgpXpbJvIoAwC6MUb1O3

Photos from The Bush School's post 01/15/2024

On Thursday, January 11, Upper and Middle School advisories joined together for the first of a series of workshops focused on activism, justice, and service.

Middle School Dean of Students Jessica Osorio shared: "Thursday's Middle and Upper School advisory activity was an opportunity for students to consider what it means to continue the legacy of Dr. King, name what the work of activism and change-making looks like today, and envision how they can be a part of making that change—at Bush, in Seattle, and beyond."

Photos from The Bush School's post 01/12/2024

to last week's Centennial Winter Blazer Bash. Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and Blazer fans joined the fun while cheering on Bush basketball teams.

Photos from The Bush School's post 01/12/2024

In honor of the last day of the Upper School term we are sharing some photos from Gracemont Grand Reopening Day! ⁠

The Bush School began renovation on Gracemont Alumni Hall in the summer of 2022, renovation has been completed and the building reopened on Tuesday, January 2! ⁠

"It has been so amazing to watch students walk through and explore the restored Gracemont," Upper School Director Matt Lai said. "We are thrilled to have our Support Services and College Counseling and Student Success teams back in the building. Everyone is excited to work with students in the new spaces."

Photos from The Bush School's post 01/10/2024

For the last day of their class, Upper School students taking public speaking visited First Grade students to read them stories and practice the speaking skills they had learned throughout the course! 📖 📚

01/09/2024

Bush parents/guardians are invited to learn more about future plans for The Bush School Center Campus and Middle School on upcoming Walk and Talk tours! Each hour-long tour includes a presentation, Q&A, and a stroll through the new Upper School building and refurbished Gracemont Alumni Hall. Visit https://www.bush.edu/news-detail?pk=1564646&nc=27012&fromId=312486 for all available tour dates and more information.

01/08/2024

on campus today! Our community is paws-itively excited to cheer on the University of Washington Huskies today in the College Football Playoff National Championship game against Michigan!

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Videos (show all)

Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a student intern? As part of their Upper School Cascade experience, Heloi...
Come help us get the party started early and join us for Celebrate Day on Thursday, February 1! The Celebrate Bush team ...
As a part of their internship this winter through the Upper School Cascades program, Eleventh Grade students Barack A.’2...
A celebration to last throughout the years! Registration for Celebrate Bush | Eras is now open! This year’s theme, Eras,...
Donate and then Celebrate! The Celebrate Bush procurement team is currently soliciting donations for the live and silent...
Before faculty and staff left for winter break, we asked them about their wishes! As we enter a new calendar year and co...
As 2023 wraps up, take a look at some of the joyous moments of the year! We are grateful for our K-12 Bush community and...
As we near the end of 2023, we want you to celebrate the new year with us! We invite you to join us for an unforgettable...
Save the Date for the party of the century! As we reflect on the monumental occasion of The Bush School's centennial yea...
Best way to start the morning! Despite the dreary weather, our amazing Lower School welcome commitee is bringing out the...
Twirl and cheer, Admissions Fall Open Houses are here! Our Admissions team is looking forward to welcoming families to c...
Tour Tuesday: Come take a walk and experience Bush history! As part of the year-long celebration of Bush’s Centennial, s...

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