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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Top Rankings

Seattle Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Washington for:

Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia / Language-based and Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
772 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade
Seattle Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
87 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
18 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15
Tuition Notes
Middle School (6-8): $34,236 High School (9-12): $35,364
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Lori Metcalf
Admissions Associate
Dawn Fornear



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
25 extracurriculars
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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Frequently Asked Questions

What sports does Seattle Academy offer?
Seattle Academy offers 13 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball and Wrestling. Seattle Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Washington for most sports offered.
What is Seattle Academy's ranking?
Seattle Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Washington for: Largest student body, Most sports offered and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for Seattle Academy?
The application deadline for Seattle Academy is Jan. 15.

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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The average private school tuition in Seattle, WA is $20,617 for elementary schools and $22,731 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Seattle, WA is 73% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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