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 many Seattle-area schools using a web-based application called Ravenna to manage our admissions forms and event registration. With the exception of the Meridian Supplemental Application, all of the documents required are common forms that are shared among multiple schools. This means that you will only need to complete these forms once before electronically submitting them to the schools that utilize Ravenna. We require the following documents for all applicants:
- Parent/Guardian Statement Form
- Meridian Supplemental Application Form
- If your child has an Individual Education Plan, 504 Plan, or reports from specialists/therapists, we require that these documents be submitted as a part of The Meridian Supplemental Application. Please note: a member of the Admissions Committee or Customized Learning Team may request a meeting with your family to discuss documentation provided.
- Teacher Evaluation Form
- All schools records and reports (applicants for grades 1-5 only)
While we do not require IQ testing (WPPSI/WISC) as a part of our application process, we appreciate when families submit educational evaluations if they were completed as a part of the application process for another school. Applications for the 2017-2018 admissions season were due on Thursday, January 11, 2018. To inquire about late admission, please contact our admissions office.
Tour & Student Visit (required) Open House (optional)
Beginning Tuesday, October 9th, we offer tours on Tuesday or 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, please search for The Meridian School. You must click “explore” on our school’s profile page to sign-up for a tour and to view our application process.
Please note: our 2017-2018 tour season is now complete. Tour sign-ups for the 2018-2019 application season will be posted by August 1, 2018. Pre-registration is required. We are unable to accommodate walk-in attendees. We have limited space on our tours, and reserve those spaces for prospective applicants eligible for entrance in the 2019-2020 school year.
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 Thursday, February 7.
- Kindergarten applicants will visit for 75 minutes on Saturday, February 9. Sessions times TBA.
- 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.
Parent Coffees (optional)
Wednesday, November 14th 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.
Parent Visit Morning (optional)
Join Meridian parents to learn more about our community and their family’s Meridian experience! Please bring along your questions, wonderings, etc. Admissions staff will not be present. Attending a coffee is encouraged, but not required. Sign-up for these events will be posted via Ravenna in September 2018.
Admitted Parents’ Coffee: Tuesday, March 19th from 9-10:30am
Please join Meridian administrators and current parents for coffee and open discussion. This event is for parents of children who have been offered admission only.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tuesday, January 29th 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. While attendance is highly encouraged, this is not a required admission event. You will not be able to sign-up for this event via Ravenna until you have submitted all required application forms.
What is your Kindergarten age cut-off policy?
The majority of our Kindergarten applicants turn 5 years old on or before August 1st. However we will consider students with later birthdays, and have admitted Kindergarteners with late August and September birthdays. We know that Kindergarten readiness is dependent on many factors, so age and birth date do not dictate our admissions process.
Does The Meridian School require an educational evaluation/IQ testing for admission?
No. We do not require IQ testing. However, if you have tested your child in order to apply to another school, we would appreciate it if you would share the evaluation results with us. If your child has an Individual Education Plan, 504 Plan, or reports from specialists or therapists, we require that these documents be submitted as a part of The Meridian Supplemental Application.
My child is gifted – is Meridian right for my child?
At Meridian, we believe that a diverse learning environment best prepares students for success in middle school and beyond. True to our mission of “balance,” we strive to create classroom cohorts that are representative of a range of learning styles and abilities. Many children who attend Meridian have been identified as highly capable by educational psychologists. Through Customized Learning we are able to tailor our learning environment, methods of instruction, and curriculum in order to support or enrich student learning.
What does it mean to be in the wait pool?
Each year we have more qualified applicants than we have seats available. Our wait pool consists of students who we believe would thrive at Meridian but for whom we don’t currently have space. Students in the wait pool may be offered admission as early as March, or as late as September. We do not have a ranked list within our wait pool, as we take many factors into consideration when creating a diverse, balanced, grade level cohort.
What are our financial obligations upon enrollment?
A nonrefundable $2,000.00 deposit is due upon enrollment. Families who have completed the enrollment process are liable for specific portions of the tuition balance throughout the spring, as detailed in our enrollment contract and listed below.
Families are committed to..
- 25% of the tuition balance after April 20
- 50% of the tuition balance after May 20
- 100% of the tuition balance after June 20
Is tuition assistance available?
Yes! At Meridian, we believe that an excellent education thrives in an increasingly diverse and inclusive school community. 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. Tuition assistance applications are evaluated separately from the admission process. To learn more about financing a Meridian education, please visit the tuition assistance page of our website.