Application process

We’re excited to get to know you: your interests, your ideas, and your family. We invite you to attend our information sessions and open houses to learn more about the SSB community.

Once you have begun your application at Ravenna, we will work with you to schedule time for us to have a conversation about what SSB can offer to your child and what your hopes and dreams are for your child’s middle school education.

If you have any questions or need help with the application process at any time we’re happy to help. Click here to email Buck McKenna, Director of Admission. We’ll get back to you right away.

Admission timeline

We are currently accepting students for the 2022-23 school year on rolling admission.

  • January 13, 2022 – Admission applications due
  • February 3, 2022 – Financial Aid applications for tiered tuition due
  • March 18, 2022 – Admission notification packet is mailed and is posted to Ravenna.
  • March 25, 2022 – Family response deadline

Tiered Tuition: Making SSB Affordable

Core to the mission of Seattle School for Boys is the accessibility of our programs to a diverse range of students, regardless of family income level. With that in mind, we have structured SSB’s tuition in tiers ranging from full tuition ($22,500 in 2021-2022) to 5% of tuition. Tiers are assigned to students based on the review of a family’s financial data by SSS, a third-party service that has been engaged by SSB. The goal is to assign a tuition level that is within reach for each family, thus ensuring equitable access to our programs.

Tiered tuition:

  • Tier I: Full tuition
  • Tier II: 75% of full tuition
  • Tier III: 50% of full tuition
  • Tier IV: 25% of full tuition
  • Tier V: 5–20% of full tuition

Applying for tiered tuition

In order to create a foundation of understanding for dialogue with the school, families requesting Tier II through Tier V are required to submit salary and asset information (the “Parent Financial Statement”) via SSS, a service provided by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) to help schools make informed decisions regarding tuition fees. Families requesting Tiers II through V must also submit complete income tax returns (including schedules) for each of the past two years. Families requesting Tier I are not required to submit any financial information.

The school’s Tier Committee makes a determination of what a family’s tier will be, taking into account the Parent Financial Statement, the related NAIS report and the family’s tax returns, other financial and personal information, and any special circumstances that may be brought to its attention. The Tier Committee then assigns Tiers within the school’s budget.

To request either Tiers II through V, please submit information via SSS [link?]

Notification of Tier Level

If your child is accepted into Seattle School for Boys, the admissions office will send you written notification of acceptance and of the Tier level determination. For more information about Financial Aid in independent schools visit the NWAIS website.

Summer camp

Session 1: Exploration & Expression. June 13-17, 9am-2pm; Open to all students entering grades 5, 6, 7 in the fall.

Session 2: Steelheads Summer Camp. August 8-11, 9am-2pm; Open to all SSB students entering grades 6, 7, 8 in the fall.

Program fee per week: $350 (includes entrance to museums, art supplies, book, snacks; financial assistance available).

Register