Admission

Thank you for your interest in Epiphany School!

Located in Seattle's central Madrona neighborhood, Epiphany School serves students in Pre-K through Fifth Grade and is known for its welcoming and involved community of talented faculty, staff, and families.

We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our exceptional academic program, strong social-emotional learning, and distinctively warm, family-friendly atmosphere. You can get a sense of the vibrant day-to-day life of our school by peeking at Instagram and Facebook.

Better yet, come visit! We offer weekly school tours between October and mid-January and our annual Open House is on November 21. Walking through our classrooms and outdoor play spaces is the very best way to experience our school's engaged students, caring faculty and staff, and beautiful campus. You'll see how our students, faculty, and families partner to bring Epiphany School's vision, mission, and values to life every day.

Our application deadline is January 16, 2020. After this date, applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Our financial aid deadline is February 6, 2020.

I look forward to meeting you soon.

Sincerely,
Greg Jones
Director of Enrollment Management and Admission
gjones@epiphanyschool.org
206-720-7663

Important Dates

August

30: Online Application open

September

Register online for Group Tours and Parent Interviews

October

13: Eastside Independent School Fair, 2-4 pm,
Mercer Island Community Center

14: Seattle Independent School Fair, 6-8 pm, Northgate

16: Independent School Fair for People of Color, 6-8 pm, New Holly Gathering Hall

23: Epiphany School Group Tour. 9-10:30 am. Register through
Ravenna.

24: Epiphany School Group Tour. 9-10:30 am. Register through Ravenna

November

5: Epiphany School Group Tour. 9-10:30 am. Register through Ravenna

6: Epiphany School Group Tour. 9-10:30 am. Register through Ravenna

14: Epiphany School Group Tour. 9-10:30 am. Register through Ravenna

15: Epiphany School Group Tour. 9-10:30 am. Register through Ravenna

19: Epiphany School Group Tour. 9-10:30 am. Register through Ravenna

20: Sibling Application Deadline

21: Epiphany School Open House. 6-8:30 pm. RSVP through Ravenna or by email.

December

2: Epiphany School Group Tour. 9-10:30 am. Register through Ravenna

6: Early Application Deadline

7: Sibling Assessment, 8:30-10 am

10: Epiphany School Group Tour. 9-10:30 am. Register through Ravenna

17: Epiphany School Group Tour. 9-10:30 am. Register through Ravenna

18: Epiphany School Group Tour. 9-10:30 am. Register through Ravenna

20: Sibling Decisions Released

January

8: Epiphany School Group Tour. 9-10:30 am. Register through Ravenna

9: Epiphany School Group Tour. 9-10:30 am. Register through Ravenna

16: Epiphany School Group Tour. 9-10:30 am. Register through Ravenna

16: Application Deadline

21: Kindergarten Assessment Day. Register through Ravenna

February

1: Kindergarten Assessment. Register through Ravenna

6: Financial Aid Deadline

24: Pre-Kindergarten Assessment Day. Register through Ravenna

March

7: Pre-Kindergarten Assessment Day. Register through Ravenna

20: Admission Decisions Released

27: Family Response Due

April

Spring Moving-Up Coffees for Returning and New Families

May

6: New Family Night

Epiphany School by the numbers

1/16/20

2020/21 admission application deadline

236

students enrolled

$26,705

tuition for 2019/20

30%

of our students identify as students of color

2/6/20

financial aid application deadline for new families

7:1

student/faculty ratio

$18,487

average amount of financial aid awarded in 2019/20

31

zip codes represented in our current student body

Step by Step: the Application Process

Epiphany School is one of the many Seattle-area schools that uses Ravenna for online inquiry and application. Through Ravenna you will be able to sign up for a school tour, RSVP for our Open House and panel discussion on November 21 at 6 pm, and complete the core application and supplemental forms (including teacher evaluation and parent/guardian statements).

Epiphany School’s online application process opens each year in late August. At that time, you can begin submitting your application materials. The application deadline is January 16, 2020. Be sure to have the initial application, parent/guardian statement, and teacher evaluations in by this date.

Epiphany School is committed to making financial assistance available to families for whom the cost of tuition would be a barrier to attendance. We have a needs-blind admission process, meaning that admission decisions are made independent of the financial aid award process. To learn more about financial assistance, please visit our Financial Aid page.

STEP 1: Inquire + Visit

Create an account in Ravenna Hub, search for Epiphany School, and select either “explore” or “apply” to register for a Parent/Guardian Group Tour (required for all applicants). These comprehensive tours are led by our Director of Enrollment Management and Admission, Greg Jones, with assistance from Fifth Grade students and current parents. You will tour the classrooms, see students in action, meet school leadership, and have a chance to ask all your questions. Tours are held frequently between October and January.

You can also register to attend our annual Open House, held on November 21, 2019 at 6 pm. Learn more about Open House here and RSVP via your Ravenna account or email RSVP@epiphanyschool.org.

Don't hesitate to reach out to Greg Jones, Director of Enrollment Management and Admission, with any questions at any point.

STEP 2: Apply

The application process consists of the following elements, all completed via your Ravenna Hub account:

  • Log in to your Ravenna account, search for Epiphany School, and click “Apply.”
  • Fill out the core application and submit along with the application fee (you can request a fee waiver by contacting admissions@epiphanyschool.org).
  • Register for a group tour of the school (adults only, babies welcome).
  • Select a parent/guardian interview time and student assessment visit.
  • Submit supplemental materials (parent/guardian questionnaire, teacher evaluation/s)—note these are common forms shared among multiple schools; you only need to request them once and they will be electronically submitted to the schools that you have applied to through Ravenna.
  • OPTIONAL: Attend Open House on November 21. Register through Ravenna or email rsvp@epiphanyschool.org.
  • Financial aid applications are due February 6, 2020. Learn more about the Financial Aid process.
  • Electronic decision letters go out on March 20, 2022; responses are due March 27, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of questions we are frequently asked by families who are interested in applying to Epiphany School. We hope they are helpful to you as you begin the process. Please don't hesitate to reach out to the Admissions Office with any questions along the way.

When should I start the application process?

Anytime between late August and mid-January you can inquire, schedule a group tour (there are many options throughout the fall and winter), and complete your application before the January 16, 2020 deadline. Starting the process early ensures a broader range of options for scheduling your assessment and interview dates.

Does the school offer financial aid?

Yes! Through annual fundraising and our $12 million endowment, we are able to provide financial support to accepted students whose families apply and qualify for aid. The average financial aid award in 2019/20 was $18,487. Financial aid awards do not need to be repaid. Please go to our Financial Aid page to learn more.

Is there an age requirement for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten?

Yes, Pre-Kindergarten students must be four years old by September 1. Kindergarten students must be five years old by September 1.

What is the class size? What is the student/teacher ratio?

Each grade level has two classes. Each of our two Pre-K classrooms typically has a range of 16-18 students, with a lead teacher and instructional assistant in each classroom and a third assistant providing additional support across both classrooms. Each of our two Kindergarten classrooms typically has a range of 18-20 students, with a lead teacher and instructional assistant in each classroom. Our student/teacher ratio across the school is approximately 7:1.

What are the hours of the school day? Is there a before and after-school program?

The school day begins at 8:15 am and ends at 3:00 pm for Pre-K through 2nd grade and 3:15 pm for 3rd through 5th grade. For families who need to drop off earlier or pick up later, our enriching Extended Day program is available on-site from 7-8:15 am and 3-6 pm. Learn more about Extended Day.

How can parents/guardians get involved in the life of the school?

Epiphany School has a long history of parent and guardian involvement. All families automatically become members of the Epiphany Parent Council (EPC) and are encouraged to participate in a variety of ways. There are myriad opportunities to get involved, from reading in the classroom to chaperoning a field trip to co-chairing our auction. We also invite families to share special traditions, holidays, and experiences with our students, whether leading a dissection in the science lab, helping kindergarteners make diyas for Diwali, volunteering as a grade level representative, or supporting one of the many events that take place in our community.

What is your sibling policy?

Epiphany School supports its family community with a dedicated sibling policy. Siblings of students currently enrolled at Epiphany School are given preference for admission consideration. Sibling applicants must adhere to the school’s age requirements as well as demonstrate academic and emotional readiness for admission.

Does Epiphany School have a wait list?

We maintain a wait pool throughout the spring and summer of the admission year. Students who qualify for our program but are not admitted due to space are placed in our wait pool if requested by the parent(s)/guardian(s). If space becomes available, students may be called out of the wait pool.

Where do students go after graduation?

Most Epiphany School graduates attend independent middle schools in the region; others choose to attend their local public school. Our comprehensive Middle School Placement program supports families and students throughout the middle school application process to ensure students maximize their choices and find the school that fits them best. Schools our students typically matriculate to include Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (SAAS), The Bush School, Lakeside School, The Northwest School, University Prep, Forest Ridge of the Sacred Heart, Lake Washington Girls Middle School, Seattle Girls' School, Eastside Preparatory School, Billings, and Overlake.

What is the relationship between Epiphany School and Epiphany Church next door?

The school and the church are unaffiliated but enjoy a neighborly relationship. Epiphany School was started by the church in 1958 and became independent shortly thereafter. The church graciously provides space for our school performances, special meetings, and Fifth Grade graduation. Epiphany School is entirely independent and has no religious affiliations. We welcome students and families of all races, religions, and ethnic origins. Learn more about our history and see our Mission, Vision, Values, & Diversity statements.

What does it mean to be accredited by NWAIS?

Schools accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) are involved in an ongoing process that helps each school clarify and enact its vision, mission, and values to grow, develop, and deliver a high-quality educational experience.