Middle School

Learn more about the Middle School program

Please note the application deadline to apply for grades 6-8 for 2019-20 has passed. We will begin the application process for 2020-21 September 3, 2019.

Campus Tour

We encourage you to visit campus early in your exploration process. Students are welcome to attend. Tours are highly recommended but not required.

Tours are available September through early February.

Student Visit

Students do not need to have a submitted application in order to visit.

Visits for all applicants include attending classes with your host and participating in group assessment activities.

Visits are available on select days October through February.

Pre-visit Questionnaire

This short form will tell us a little bit about your child's interests and should be submitted at least seven days prior to the student visit so we can find a compatible host.

Admission Testing

Students applying for grades 6–12 are required to take an admission test during the current school year. Please visit our Admission Testing page for the SSAT testing schedule, registration information, alternative tests, and more.

Character Skills Snapshot

Students applying to grades 6-12 have the option of including results from the Character Skills Snapshot in their application. It is a 20-30 minute online assessment that can be taken on a computer with internet access. The assessment is free for those registered to take the SSAT. If you are not registered to take the SSAT the cost is $35. Register online through your SSAT account. Learn more about the Snapshot in this FAQ.

Application Forms

The online application includes a series of questions for the student as well as the parents/guardians. This is your best opportunity to share information about your family. All applications will be read by the admission committee.

Teacher Evaluations

Send the online evaluation form to your child's current math and English teachers. Please do not send these requests until after November 1; this will allow the teachers time to get to know your child. You should have the teacher's full name and email available when you are ready to send each evaluation.

School Records

Print, sign, and submit a records request form to your child's current school.

Take the First Step

Key Dates

Dec 20, 2018: Reduced fee ($50) application deadline

Feb 4, 2019: Regular fee ($75) application deadline

Feb 8, 2019: Financial assistance application deadline

Mar 8, 2019: Admission and financial assistance decisions delivered via email

Mar 20, 2019: Signed enrollment agreements & deposits due

Fee Waivers

To request an application fee or SSAT fee waiver, please complete the fee waiver request form

Request Waiver

Quick Facts

Class size: approximately 59 (grade 6), 64 (grade 7), and 65 (grade 8)

15 students on average in each class

Parent conferences in November and March; written progress reports three times per year

Seven-day rotating schedule with five periods per day. Also time for snack, lunch, advisory groups, assemblies, life skills, and service work on campus and in the community

Annual trips: 6th grade to the Oregon coast, 7th grade to Mt. St. Helens, 8th grade to various locations

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