Application Process FAQs

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What are the main entry points for The Evergreen School?

    For the upcoming school year, we will be enrolling one preschool class, two prekindergarten classes, and three kindergarten classes. Spaces will be available in all of those grade levels (typically 14 spaces per class). We also have a small entry point at Grade 6 and limited spaces in other grades; please contact the Office of Admission for more information.
  • Q: When should our family begin the application process?

    Families interested in applying should begin the admission process in the fall one year prior to when you wish to enroll. Online applications will be available beginning in September for the following school year. For applicants to grade levels requiring IQ, SSAT or ISEE testing, families should arrange for these tests to be administered in the fall. See Testing Resources for more information.
  • Q: How old does my child need to be for each grade?

    For preschool, children must be three by August 31 of the year they will begin.* For prekindergarten, children must be four by August 31, and for kindergarten, five by August 31.
    *Evergreen preschool students must be toilet trained prior to attending school in the fall.
  • Q: Do you accept out of state and/or international students?

    We do consider and accept students whose families are living out of state or abroad, provided the applicant can travel to Seattle to participate in a visit day. Evergreen does not grant the I-20 student visa, so any student who is not a US citizen must be covered by a parent or guardian’s work visa. We require all of our students to live with parents or legal guardians.
  • Q: How do I obtain IQ testing for my child?

    IQ tests are administered by a licensed psychologist and not by the school. For more information and a list of psychologists who conduct IQ tests, see Testing Resources.
  • Q: What is your IQ test cutoff?

    We typically find that children who score at or above the 95th percentile in either the full scale or GAI on the appropriate IQ test thrive at Evergreen. However, we may consider scores that fall close to the 95th percentile for students who demonstrate other gifted characteristics. (See What type of child does best at Evergreen?)If your child scores close to the 95th percentile, please contact our admission office. We are happy to discuss whether your child might thrive at Evergreen.

    We require the WIPSII-IV for children 6 and younger. For children 6 and older, we require the WISC-IV. For more information and a list of psychologists who conduct IQ tests, see Testing Resources.
  • Q: How does your sibling policy work?

    The Evergreen School is proud to be an excellent, innovative school with a talented and diverse student body. It is our desire for Evergreen to be a place where you may apply and enroll your children to benefit from the Evergreen experience.

    To honor your commitment to Evergreen, children of current families, faculty and staff apply before the general applicant pool. This involves an accelerated timeline for application completion and an earlier admission decision than our external applicants receive. All applicants must be a good match for our program to be accepted. Evergreen reserves the right not to grant admission to a sibling or child of faculty/staff if the child does not satisfy our admission criteria.
  • Q: What happens on the Primary Division Visit Day?

    A visit day resembles a condensed class where students (approximately 14 in a group) have circle time and activities with current Evergreen teachers and administrators. The visit lasts 60 minutes (for preschool and prekindergarten) or 90 minutes (K-3). Parents wait for their child to finish the visit and have the opportunity during that time to talk with the head of school and admission staff as well as current parents to gain an even better understanding of Evergreen.

    Visit days are scheduled in January and February after applications are complete.
  • Q: What happens on the Upper Division Visit Day?

    Applicants join a current Evergreen student for a visit to two to four classes in the grade to which they are applying. This is followed by lunch and a casual group activity.

    Visit days are scheduled in January and February after applications are complete.
  • Q: Is financial aid available?

    Evergreen is dedicated to providing a need-based financial aid program that covers tuition and non-tuition aid depending on the level of need a family displays. Families of students in prekindergarten through 8th grade are eligible to apply for financial aid. Please visit the Financial Aid page for more information. Contact our Financial Aid Committee Chair and Business Manager Debbie Rizzi at or 206.957.1526 for financial aid application questions.

Admission Decision FAQs

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: When will I know if my child is offered admission?

    The Evergreen School agrees to the common admission notification dates established by Puget Sound Independent Schools. Families will receive notification through our online Ravenna application portal on Friday, March 15, 2019.

    The parent/guardian response (confirmation and deposit) will be due by March 22, 2019.
  • Q: How are children evaluated for admission?

    Applicants to The Evergreen School are considered for admission based on the school's determination of a child's potential to be successful in our program. In making an admission decision, in addition to academic skills (or readiness skills for 4- and 5-year-olds), the admission committee also considers an applicant's creativity, intelligence, curiosity and motivation and potential to contribute to the school community.
  • Q: What admission decisions might we expect from Evergreen?

    Our admission decisions will be released through Ravenna, our online application portal, on Friday, March 15, 2019. 

    • Acceptance: An applicant meets all qualifications and is considered to have the potential for success in The Evergreen School program. The candidate receives an invitation to enroll.
    • Wait Pool: An applicant meets all qualifications and is considered to have the potential for success in the program, but space is not available. The applicant is placed in a wait pool. The family must let the school know they still would like to be considered for a space should one become available. If a space becomes available, the Admission Office will contact you via telephone. The wait pool is not ranked numerically, but an applicant could be offered a space in accordance with the class or grade-level composition.
    • Denial: The Evergreen School has determined that the applicant is not a successful match for the program at this time, or that the applicant is qualified, but there is not enough space in the wait pool.

School Program FAQs

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Can parent/guardians volunteer in the classroom?

    Yes! Parent/guardians are able to volunteer in the classroom through grade 3, and outside of the classroom in a variety of ways. From grade 4 and above, parent/guardians chaperone field and outdoor trips and special events.
  • Q: Is childcare available before and after school?

    Evergreen offers a wide range of extended day options for families, including:
    • BSAC (Before School Activity Center) is available starting at 7:00 a.m. for students in prekindergarten through grade 8.
    • ASAC (After School Activity Center) is available for students in preschool through grade 5 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Preschool/prekindergarten ASAC is held in the preschool room and playground. Kindergarten through grade 5 is held in the theater/gym/and playfields.
    • MASC (The Middle After School Club) is available to our middle school students for socializing, working on homework, and having fun. This program offers a safe, age-appropriate, supervised, and comfortable atmosphere. MASC is open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Students may stay until 6:00 p.m. in ASAC.
    All Extended Day Programs are billed at $7.25 per hour (current rate, subject to change). A wonderful variety of after school enrichment classes are available to supplement extended day care.
  • Q: What high schools do your graduates attend?

    Our graduates attend a wide variety of excellent boarding, independent, Catholic, and public high schools. See the schools our recent graduates are attending.

Contact Us

By phone: 206.957.1523
By email: Admission

List of 2 members.

  • Susan  Smith 

    Director of Admission
  • Nikki Ozaki-Simpson 

    Associate Director of Admission