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), follow our student blog or Facebook page, and most importantly, tour the school. Once you have walked through our community building, 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 child’s education, and share our mission and program with you. Finding the right match – of school, child and family – takes time and trust. Throughout the process, we look for families whose values are aligned with our philosophies and 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 their communities.
At Meridian, we believe that an excellent education thrives in an increasingly diverse and inclusive environment. For this reason, we are committed to offering an accessible educational program for mission-appropriate students, regardless of a family’s ability to pay the full cost of tuition. To learn more about financing a Meridian education, please visit our tuition assistance page.
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 or WISC 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. Applications for the 2017-2018 admissions season will be available beginning in August.
Informational Tour (required) Open House (optional)
Beginning Tuesday, October 10th, we offer tours Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00-11:15AM. 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, follow the instructions below to sign-up for a tour. Our final tour is Tuesday, January 9th. Sign-up for informational tours will be available in August.
- 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 2018-2019 school year.
Parent Coffees (optional)
Thursday, November 9th from 6-8pm
Doors open at 5:40 and programming begins at 6:00pm
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 will be available in August.
Parent Visit Morning (optional)
- October & November: dates and locations TBA in early September
Please join Meridian parents to learn more about our community and their family’s Meridian experience! Please bring along your questions, wonderings, etc. Admissions and administrative staff will not be present at this event. Coffee will be provided. Sign-up for these events will be available in September.
Accepted Parent Coffee: Wednesday, March 21st from 9-10:30am
Please join Meridian administrators and current parents for coffee and open discussion. Accepted parents only.
Student Visit (required)
Thursday, January 25th from 9-10:30am
Please join our Head of School, Assistant Head of School, Customized Learning Team, 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.
Wednesday, February 7th (Gr.1-5)
Saturday, February 10th (Kindergarten)
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.
- 1st-5th Grade applicants will visit their current grade level class for a full day on Wednesday, February 7.
- Kindergarten applicants will visit for 75 minutes on Saturday, February 10. Sessions will be held at 9AM, 11AM and 1PM.
- 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.
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.