University Prep

  • University Prep is an independent, co-educational, non-sectarian day school for grades six through twelve.
  • We offer a quality college preparation education to a diverse group of students.
  • That education includes uniformly excellent academics, arts, athletics, and co-curricular activities, allowing each person to chart a distinctive path in pursuit of an abiding interest or an adventure into the unknown.
  • Beyond academics, we believe in the broader concerns of life preparation, focusing on respect for self and others, effective problem-solving, and mature decision-making.
  • Students discover the value of diversity and the importance of giving back to their community.
  • University Prep is committed to developing each student's potential to become an intellectually courageous, socially responsible citizen of the world.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12

Student Body

Total Students540 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade University Prep Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers59 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Seattle
    Grades: 5-12 | 858 students
    3.5 miles
    14050 1st Avenue NE
    Seattle, WA 98125
    3.5 5-12
  • Seattle
    Grades: 6-12 | 772 students
    5.2 miles
    1201 E Union Street
    Seattle, WA 98122
    5.2 6-12
  • Seattle
    Grades: NS-12 | 661 students
    4.5 miles
    3400 E Harrison Street
    Seattle, WA 98112
    4.5 NS-12
  • Seattle
    Grades: 6-12 | 510 students
    5.2 miles
    1415 Summit Ave
    Seattle, WA 98122
    5.2 6-12
  • Redmond
    Grades: 5-12 | 527 students
    10.8 miles
    20301 NE 108th Street
    Redmond, WA 98053
    10.8 5-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
Our family experience with University Prep has been very positive. The high quality of educators and administrators have offered to our children an amazing academic program and the socio-emotional support appropriate for their teen years. I have been impressed with the content of the curriculum and the great variety of engaging courses that students can take. The approach is experiential and presents many different options in arts and athletic opportunities. The local, national, and global educational opportunities are incredible as students learn and explore cultures while developing critical thinking and understanding of diversity and social justice issues. U Prep commitment and approach to equity and inclusion fits our family values. Finally, the level of community building and the thoughtful communication to parents makes the experience at U Prep welcoming to families. We love this school!
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As an alum of University Prep who graduated 23 years ago, my review is based on my experience looking back at my time at the school. I can say it was one of the best experiences I had. I made life long friends, had a happy high school experience, got opportunities to do things that I never would have at a larger public school (i.e. played sports, participated in musicals and dramas, traveled to different countries through programs offered...etc.). Although the school has gotten bigger and changed in many ways, the culture and teachers I experienced remains true today as it did more than 20-years ago. If you have the opportunity to attend you prep I would highly recommend it.
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The average private school tuition in Seattle, WA is $15,927 for elementary schools and $19,372 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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