The Bush School (K-12)

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Experience Education: The Bush School is Seattle’s only coeducational, independent K-12 school.

The mission of The Bush School is to spark in students of diverse talents and backgrounds a passion for learning, accomplishment, and contribution to their communities

Bush students engage in a progressive, inquiry-based, student-centered program focused on participatory learning. This engaging learning environment is designed to produce caring and informed students, artists, athletes, thinkers, and citizens who aspire to live rewarding and purposeful lives. 

Students live in a world where the challenges are complex and multidimensional, and which requires them to be talented problem solvers, clear and articulate thinkers, caring and skillful in engaging with people different from themselves, and capable of resisting conformity and self-interest. For these reasons, The Bush School values and teaches:

• Critical, independent, and creative thinking

• Ethical judgment and action

• Intercultural fluency

• Local and global citizenship

The Bush School was founded in 1924 by Helen Taylor Bush, a supporter of John Dewey’s philosophy of progressive education. Now, more than 90 years later, The Bush School continues to honor Mrs. Bush’s legacy by graduating students who are guided by the simple values upon which she established the school—truth, beauty, and purpose.


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