Our Admissions Process
Thank you for your interest in learning more about our program and community – we encourage you to explore the website, read our weekly newsletter (Spyglass), talk with our admissions office, and most importantly, tour the school. Once you have walked through our spacious facility, witnessed the energy and curiosity of our students, and seen the lush and verdant location, you will truly understand what makes the experience at Meridian different from any other school.
Our goal throughout the admission process is to get to know your child and your family well. We want to understand your hopes and expectations for your son’s or daughter’s education, and share our philosophy and program with you. Finding the right match – of school, child and family – takes time and trust. At Meridian we look for families who are committed to working with us on behalf of their children. We seek children who are excited about learning, are curious about their world, have respect and compassion for others, and will make a positive contribution to the school community.
At this time, we are still accepting applications for Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade. We have limited availability in the aforementioned grades, and are maintaining waitlists for other grade levels. To inquire, please contact Director of Admissions, Erin French.
Prospective families are required to complete and submit all application forms and documents. Prospective parents are required to attend an informational tour, and grades applicants are required to attend a 40-minute visit.
The Meridian School is one of the Seattle area schools using a web-based application called Ravenna for the submission of online applications. Through Ravenna, you will be able to manage your applications online. With the exception of the Meridian supplemental application, all of these documents are common forms that are shared among multiple schools. This means that you will only need to complete these common forms once and then electronically submit them to the schools that utilize Ravenna. Please note: we require a parent/guardian statement, Meridian supplemental application, and teacher evaluation for all applicants. Applicants for grades 1-5 are also required to submit all schools records. While we do not require IQ testing as a part of our application process, we appreciate when families submit Wechsler results if they were completed as a part of the application process for another school. If your child has an educational evaluation, or reports from specialists or therapists, we require that these documents be submitted as a part of The Meridian Supplemental Application. We have begun accepting applications for the 2016-2017 admission season.
Informational Tour (required): Oct-Jan
Beginning October 11, we offer tours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:15-11:15AM. To sign up for a tour, please visit www.ravenna-hub.com. If you have not yet created an account with Ravenna, please do so. After creating an account for your student, you will be able to sign up for our informational tours. Our final tour is Thursday, January 5th. Sign-up for informational tours is now available.
- You must click “explore” on our school’s profile page to sign-up for a tour, and you must select “apply” to view our application process. Signing up for a tour does not mean that you are required to complete the application process.
Please note: We have limited space on our tours. We reserve these spaces for prospective applicants eligible for entrance in the 2017-2018 school year.
Open House: November 3, 6-8pm
Please join our entire staff and faculty to learn more about our curriculum, programming, and what makes Meridian a special place to learn and grow! This event is for parents only. While attendance is highly encouraged, this is not a required admission event. Sign-up for Open House is now available.
Parent Visit Morning: January 26, 9:15-11am
Please join our Head of School, Assistant Head of School, Customized Learning Director, current parents and members of our faculty for a brief presentation and Q&A panel. You will not be able to sign-up for this event via Ravenna until you have submitted all required application forms.
Student Visit (required): February
All applicants are required to attend a student visit day. You will be able to sign up for your student visit day via Ravenna once all required application forms have been submitted.
- Kindergarten applicants will visit for 75 minutes on Saturday, February 11.
- 1st-5th Grade applicants will visit their current grade level class for a full day on Thursday, February 16.
- Adjustments to this schedule can be made for relocating families who do not reside in the Seattle area. Please contact Rebecca Butman if you need to arrange an alternative visit day.
Accepted Parent Coffee: March 22, 9:30-11am
Please join Meridian administrators and current parents for coffee and open discussion. Accepted parents only.
The Meridian School does not discriminate in all aspects of employment and admissions because of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, race/color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, veteran or marital status, disability, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.