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College and Life

Seattle Academy prepares students for College and Life; we value curiosity and innovation, participation and excellence, and exploration and resolve.

SAAS has a robust College Advising program, as a result, typically one hundred percent of Seattle Academy’s applicants gain admission to college. Not only do these colleges include the nation and the world’s most selective, these varied, “best match” colleges reflect the talented, eclectic, and diverse composition of our student body. 

To help prepare our students to become productive contributors in a changing world, we conduct our learning in a Culture of Performance where students demonstrate they can do what they have learned. This includes hands-on Service Learning with personal reflection.

We strive to instill three key principles to encourage our students to become life-long contributors:

  • The service of one individual CAN and DOES impact others. 
  • As a team, together we can make a significant impact.
  • Our approach to serving starts with seeking the community perspective regarding the need. We believe we can best serve by beginning with this show of honor and respect. We understand we cannot enter into a community believing we have all of the answers and know what that community needs. We believe we must listen and engage in a dialogue with community members about their needs to serve effectively.

Alumni Bold Contributors

Photo of Seattle Academy's Rachel Havkost 07

Rachel attended Seattle Academy (SAAS) for her freshman through senior years and recently opened up about her battle with an eating disorder, one that has deeply impacted her life to this day.  

Like in Rachel’s case, eating disorders commonly appear in the middle school, high school, and college years, though many individuals develop eating disorders later in life and often go untreated because of the stereotype that they only affect teens and young adults. 

Learn More about Rachel Havekost ’07 Writer and Mental Health Advocate
Photo of Seattle Academy Alumni Morris Vasser 2020 on bicycle

Morris Vasser, a Seattle Academy alumnus from the Class of 2020, is doing several cool things in the adventure sports community. He works as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Lead at Sweetlines, a mountain bike coaching organization. He is getting out onto trails and mentoring youth in mountain biking. He is advocating for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to take up mountain biking.

Learn More about Morris Vasser Advocate for Equity in Mountain Biking
Photo of Seattle Academy Alumna A Schenck 18 Trans Athletes Competing in Women’s Sports

“We are student-athletes and we have a responsibility to stand up for trans athletes now and in the future,” says Aliya Schenck, Seattle Academy Class of 2018. 

This was was the sentiment behind the letter and petition that Aliya Schenck, Alana Bojar, and Athlete Ally sent to the NCAA Board and President, signed by 550 collegiate athletes, and calling for the organization to respond to recent bill proposals banning transgender women in sports. 

Learn More about Trans Athletes Competing in Women’s Sports
Who Wants to Go to the Moon? Alum Nate Lee ’15 is Building the Vehicle to Make it Happen

When kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up, a popular answer since the late 1950s is astronaut. For alumnus Nate Lee ’15, he has been proclaiming his dream of building the space vehicle, rather than being in it, from the time he had an understanding of what an aerospace engineer is. 

Learn More about Who Wants to Go to the Moon? Alum Nate Lee ’15 is Building the Vehicle to Make it Happen