The Evergreen School partners with University Prep and Lakeside School and contracts with King County Metro to provide specially designed custom bus routes that our students can use traveling to and from school. At Evergreen, we offer this option to upper division students in grades 4 and above. The routes are commuter-style, which means they run on major arterials with occasional stops, thereby serving the greatest number of families in the shortest amount of time. This means families generally drive or carpool to the stops.
Families who elect to use the bus are charged fees for the year. Financial aid is available for the bus to families who apply for financial aid and demonstrate a need. Families who want bus service should sign up for a full or half year pass. Evergreen does not have a program available for intermittent riders.
Custom ORCA Passes
Students in the custom bus program receive an unlimited use ORCA pass which can be used on the custom bus and anywhere else ORCA is accepted—including Metro, Sound Transit, or Community Transit—any day of the week. Full school year passes are active from when students receive their passes in August through June 10.
- Fall passes are active when students receive their passes in August through January 30.*
- Spring passes are active January 1 through June 10. Passes will be sent to families in mid-December.
*Families with an Evergreen ORCA pass may keep it during the summer at no additional cost, if they renew the service for the full following year.
What are the buses like to ride?
The custom buses are regular King County Metro buses that are designed to meet the needs of commuters including students. While the routes that serve Lakeside, University Prep and The Evergreen School are used primarily by our students, faculty and staff, they are available to anyone. Non-students looking for transportation along these routes can freely find them on Metro’s website and use these buses as long as they have an ORCA pass and pay the custom fare. This does not happen often. And, like all Metro buses, there are occasions where students may need to stand.
In addition, buses run on major arterials, and timetables are constructed to take traffic into account. However, it is important to remember that traffic and weather are not under our control, and buses can sometimes run late.
Please look at the bus schedules on this page to see if our system serves your neighborhood. If you have any questions about transportation options to Evergreen, please contact the Office of Admission