Seattle Academy

  • Seattle Academy (also referred to as SAAS) is a vibrant, innovative and energetic independent school serving 6th through 12th grade students in an urban Capitol Hill campus setting in Seattle, WA.
  • Our dynamic educational philosophy of teaching students "how to think" but not "what to think" is delivered through programmatic pillars of Academics, Arts, Athletics, Outdoor & Travel, and Service.
  • We, therefore, seek a diversified student body and faculty.
  • We offer a demanding college-preparatory curriculum integrating the arts and emphasizing a global perspective.
  • We utilize the resources of our urban environment to extend our classrooms, to enhance our programs, and to engage out students in public service.
  • Most of all, we seek to graduate motivated young men and women of talent and integrity who are prepared to contribute productively to a changing world.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia / Language-based and Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded1983

Student Body

Total Students772 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Seattle Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers87 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size18 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15
Tuition NotesMiddle School (6-8): $34,236 High School (9-12): $35,364
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorLori Metcalf
Admissions AssociateDawn Fornear


Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsBasketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, WrestlingBasketballBowling,
Cross CountryDance,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.25 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
3D Printing Club, 4 Corners Diversity Club, Bee Club, Cartoon and Comic Club, Climbing Club, Community Service Organization, Econ-Finance Club, Environmental Club, French Club, Knitting Club, Math Honor Society, Middle Eastern Awareness, Mock Trial, Model UN, Music Production Club, Peer Tutoring, Political Debate Club, Robotics Club, Spanish Club, Speech and Debate, Student Government, The Cardinal Newspaper, Wellness Club, Youth Legislature, Zambia Club

School Notes

  • The philosophy which underlies a Seattle Academy education can be summarized as follows: Since the ability to communicate and express one's thoughts and feelings is an essential skill for a productive life, Seattle Academy conducts learning in a culture of performance. Students are challenged to take risks in front of a variety of audiences, combining disparate skills in moments of action in order to communicate complex ideas. This method of teaching fosters independence and integrity, the ability to collaborate and take risks, and the capacity to cope with change and ambiguity. Education is both timeless and contemporary, and we live today in a world of rapidly expanding technology. Seattle Academy, therefore, infuses technology into all areas of the school's program. Faculty use this complex resource to reshape and refine their courses, and students use technology to stretch their research and communication skills. Finally, the highest purpose of education is character development. The school teaches, and aspires to exemplify, the four core values of trust, respect, integrity, and responsibility.

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Seattle
    Grades: 6-12 | 540 students
    5.2 miles
    8000 25th Ave Ne
    Seattle, WA 98115
    5.2 6-12
  • Seattle
    Grades: 6-12 | 510 students
    0.4 miles
    1415 Summit Ave
    Seattle, WA 98122
    0.4 6-12
  • Seattle
    Grades: K-12 | 661 students
    1.5 miles
    3400 E Harrison Street
    Seattle, WA 98112
    1.5 K-12
  • Seattle
    Grades: 5-12 | 858 students
    8.3 miles
    14050 1st Avenue NE
    Seattle, WA 98125
    8.3 5-12
  • Seattle
    Grades: 9-12 | 915 students
    5.3 miles
    8200 Wallingford Ave N
    Seattle, WA 98103
    5.3 9-12

School Reviews

My son entered in 2014 as a HS freshman. SAAS was his top pick of schools to attend. He is definitely a math / science lover and wanted to broaden his experience with art, dance, theater, etc. I have been very impressed with the faculty thus far. The students really support each other to take risks and try things they normally might not do (singing, video, dancing, etc.). It is a very "inclusive" school from what I have seen thus far. I was initially a bit nervous about the urban location but am growing more comfortable with it. I see the wisdom in my son's choice of SAAS and I know he would highly recommend the school to a friend.
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