Welcome New Families!
We are so excited to have your family join the Seattle Academy community! We hope to provide you with all the information and tools to make your transition into our community as smooth as possible. Below is a calendar tailored to our new families as well as some general information that we think will be useful in the next few months. If at any time you have a specific question, please don't hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, WELCOME!
New Families Guide
- Required Summer Reading
- Middle School
- Upper School
- Summer Camps
- 2021-2022 Calendar
- Daily Block Schedule
- Learning Support
- Families Directory
- Food Services Program
- Parent Association
Over the summer, Seattle Academy students read specific course-assigned books. Teachers will integrate summer reading into the course work during the first weeks of class and likely throughout the term. For each grade-level, teachers have provided a link to a reading guide to accompany the reading assignment, which will provide any needed instructions. As students will use these texts at the beginning of the year, they should purchase a new or used copy to bring with them for the first days of classes.
For general questions, please contact Jason Gough, Chair of the English Department: email@example.com.
We are thrilled to offer in-person summer camps this year for all current and newly enrolled students at SAAS. With both half-day and full-day options, sessions will be available by grade level, division level or open to all grades. Summer camp sessions will be offered at no charge to all current and newly enrolled students. Take the opportunity to meet new students, reunite with old friends, and connect with our wonderful faculty once again—safely and in person!
We are excited to have you join our Seattle Academy community. Over the summer, we’ll send you information that will help you prepare for the coming school year. Here are a few key points regarding communication.
- We have our Seattle Academy website that includes all the information you and your family needs. This includes an online calendar, recent articles, weekly newsletter, summer program offerings, arts ticket sales, forms, etc. Visit our Families Portal and The Hub for more information and for quick access to these resources.
- We send out a weekly newsletter every Friday. This will be sent to new families over the summer with information designed to help you smoothly navigate the beginning of the school year. Content includes:
- Summer Reading Assignments
- Arts Offerings
- Athletics Offerings
- Opening Days in August and September
- Laptop Information and Order Form (for Upper School)
- Food Services Program Information
- Shuttle Bus Sign Ups
- Parking Permit Order Form
- Our secure, online student records database is MyBackpack. You will receive your individualized log on instructions for My Backpack by the end of June. My Backpack provides access to the following information:
- Contact information for other families
- Registration/schedule information.
- Contract and payment information.
- Grades and comments once the school year begins.
- The school uses Schoology to tracking assignments. Log on information will be sent to parents at the beginning of the school year.
SAAS has worked through a few different schedules as the year evolved from remote to hybrid to in-person school. The schedule below is the schedule currently being used by the school, which is subject to change. As we approach Fall 2021, we will use the knowledge gained this year, while also aligning with the current Washington state guidelines regarding health and school protocols. Information about the schedule next year will be communicated later this summer.
2021-2022 Daily / Weekly Schedule
For Middle and Upper School
|8:15-9-25||Block 1||Block 2||Block 1||Block 2||Block 1|
|9:40-10:10||Community Time||Community Time||Community Time||Community Time||Community Time|
|10:25-11:35||Block 3||Block 4||Block 3||Block 4||Block 3|
|12:25-1:35||Block 5||Block 6||Block 5||Block 6||Block 5|
|1:50-3:00||Block 7||Block 8||Block 7||Block 8||Block 7|
|8:15-9-25||Block 1||Block 2|
|10:25-11:35||Block 3||Block 4|
|12:25-1:35||Block 5||Block 6|
|1:50-3:00||Block 7||Block 8|
Seattle Academy’s mission of preparing students for college and life means our academics pair traditional areas of study with innovative curriculum, projects, and performances. Across classrooms, students take an inquiry-based approach to learning, allowing questions to drive both teacher-led and student-led investigations.
Please Note: Dates and building accessibility are subject to change based on Washington state guidelines.
Middle School Registration – Schedules will be available on September 2.
Middle school students are placed in six academic core classes; English, History, Math, Science, an Innovations rotation, and a World Language. Math placements are made in conversations with our middle school math faculty and Head of the Math Department, taking into consideration the student’s current math course, transcript, and test scores. Our middle school students only register for their arts and PE electives.
- WORLD LANGUAGE: During the 6th & 7th grade year students are placed into Latin. It is during the 8th grade year when a student can choose one of our three World Language options (French, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish).
- STUDY SKILLS: Study Skills is a small group, fee-based, elective class. Typically, students in 6th & 7th grade take Study Skills or Latin. Students in 8th grade have the option to take both Study Skills and a World Language, if they prefer, as opposed to taking one over the other. Families can indicate their interest in Study Skills when filling out their arts and PE registration forms. For more information regarding the program, please contact Megan McCall, Head of Learning Support, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- ARTS ELECTIVES: Families receive information via email from email@example.com about arts and PE elective course options for the school year. 6th graders will rotate through a trimester each of Dance, Music Theater, and Visual, along with PE. There is also an option for students to take Instrumental Music. 7th graders have the option to choose from a wider selection of arts opportunities including Dance, Theater, Vocal, or Visual, and PE. In 8th grade, students can choose to take a selection of Music, Theater, Vocal, or Visual, and PE. Both 7th & 8th grade also have the opportunity to take Instrumental Music.
- Middle School schedules will be distributed on orientation day, September 2.
Upper School Registration – Schedules will be available on September 2.
- Registration takes place in April/May. More information can be found on our Registration website.
- Students indicate course preferences, including foreign language choice, and available academic and arts electives.
- 9th grade schedules will be distributed on orientation day, September 2.
- 10th – 12th grade schedules will be distributed on September 3.
- Textbooks are mailed to your home in mid-August.
- If a duplicate textbook is needed (to use at home or to replace a lost book), contact Kelly Rettenmier at firstname.lastname@example.org There will be an additional cost.
- Laptop information and ordering forms will be emailed to families by mid-June. They will be ready for 9th graders and new Upper School students on August 29.
- If you are using your own laptop, please contact email@example.com or information regarding software requirements.
- The school uses Schoology to tracking assignments. Log on information will be sent to parents at the beginning of the school year.
- Classroom buildings (Middle School Building, Vanderbilt, Arts Center, STREAM, and Temple) are open at 7:30 AM. All buildings are closed at 4:30 PM with the exception of the STREAM Building which is open until 6 PM.
- Students are expected to be out of all buildings except the gym and STREAM by 3:30 PM unless they are accompanied by an adult.
- Middle School students in After-School Study Hall are allowed to stay in the Middle School Building until 5:30 PM. Upper School students in After-School Study Hall are allowed to remain in the Vanderbilt Building until 4:45 PM.
The Arts Department—consisting of Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual & Media Arts—believes that all students are intrinsically creative, and our goal is to create the environment and curriculum that develops that creativity. Through instruction that integrates learning across all departments, the Arts Department champions the school's Culture of Performance and teaches the skills and mindsets that prepare students to confidently approach and creatively solve the complex problems and opportunities of today’s world.
- Middle School arts classes meet during the school day, and all Middle School students take a series of arts courses, including visual arts, music, theater, and dance. These are trimester courses, and students share their work with the community at "end-of-tri" performances, culminating shows, and other gatherings.
- Instrumental music is an option for all grades as a year-long class, and students may choose to take instrumental music in place of the other arts classes or in place of PE. Some Middle School arts courses include evening performances, and those courses have after-school tech rehearsals during the week of their show.
- There are a variety of visual and performing arts courses, with graduation requirements in all four areas of visual arts, music, theater, and dance. Students share works in progress at "end- of-tri" performances, culminating shows, and other venues throughout the year.
- Elective options in all four arts areas are available to all students, with some prerequisites required for course sequences.
- For those programs with Intermediate and Advanced levels, there are auditions or portfolio reviews required to determine the student’s appropriate level. The advanced performing arts programs have after-school commitments at certain times of the year, which are communicated at the time a student accepts a placement.
- Detailed information about auditions is provided on the Registration website and the Upper School Curriculum Guide (p.42). The Curriculum Guide also includes a chart (p.10) to help students see which Arts, Sports, and Club activities can be combined and/or which activities might conflict for each trimester.
Seattle Academy Athletics offers an inclusive, no-cut program that invites students of all skill levels to participate in our team sports offerings. At the same time, we’re just as passionately committed to supporting excellence, fielding teams that operate at the highest level of competition or performance.
Important Dates - These dates are subject to change based on Washington state guidelines that will be in place in August and September.
August 23: Upper School Athletics Begin
Middle School Athletics Fall 2021 starting dates are TBA soon.
- All athletes must have a current physical form on file prior to being able to participate in practices or games.
- Per WIAA requirements, Upper School students must participate in ten practices prior to being able to compete.
- Cross Country (Middle and Upper School)
- Golf (Upper School Boys)
- Soccer (Middle School Boys, Middle School Girls, and Upper School Girls)
- Tennis (Upper School Boys)
- Ultimate (Upper School Boys)
- Volleyball (Middle and Upper School Girls)
- Basketball (Middle and Upper School)
- Wrestling (Upper School)
- Golf (Middle School and Upper School Girls)
- Lacrosse (Middle and Upper School)
- Soccer (Upper School Boys)
- Tennis (Middle School and Upper School Girls)
- Track and Field (Middle School and Upper School)
- Ultimate (Middle School and Upper School Girls)
- Bouldering (Middle and Upper School)
- Futsal (Middle and Upper School)
- Squash (Middle and Upper School)
- Ultimate (Upper School Winter Mixed)
- Wrestling (Middle School)
Frequently Asked Questions
Visit our Athletics FAQ page for more information. This includes information on our philosophy of team placements, forms that are required to participate, and team schedules.
Seattle Academy’s Counseling Department plays an active role in preparing students for college and life. We recognize that as our students grow and mature from 6-12 grade, they will need guidance and support, especially when it comes to navigating through academic, personal, and social pressures. Visit our Counseling page for more information on our Counseling program, support resources, and to reach out to our Counseling staff.
Learning Support Department
The Learning Support Department serves the entire Seattle Academy community by providing support to the diverse learning needs of students and guidance to families and faculty on a wide range of topics including learning differences, giftedness, stress and anxiety, and adolescent development.
Additionally, we assist students and faculty with classroom and testing accommodations, tutor referrals, and academic support/recovery plans for students with or needing psycho-educational evaluations, or who have missed school due to injury, illness, or travel. We also offer a Study Skills class for students who would benefit from high frequency, individualized support.
Study Skills is a small group, fee-based, elective class. To enroll as a new student in this class, parents meet with the Director of Learning Support to determine if placement is desired. Once a supplemental contract for Study Skills has been signed, a student is scheduled into a Study Skills class. Students receive support for executive functioning, as well as additional content support. Study skills are taught in the context of the content curriculum from students’ core academic courses. As with all electives, students receive an elective credit and a grade for this class.
Visit Learning Support Services page for more information.
There will be a short Q&A session after the Middle School (April 28) and Upper School (May 4) New Families Orientation meetings.
This meeting is designed for families who have questions about Learning Support Services and the Study Skills class. Families who have attended previous sessions or already know they intend to register for the class do not need to attend and can fill out the registration form to indicate they are interested in the class. Learning Support will follow up with families who have indicated they are interested to discuss goals and student profiles before confirming registration.
To initiate the process for student accommodation plans, families should upload documentation through the accommodation request form (write incoming student in the request field), and the Accommodations Office will follow up).
In partnership with SAGE Dining, Seattle Academy provides delicious and balanced food service for interested students, faculty, and staff. Full hot lunch service, as well as grab-n-go items are available to all students for purchase in both the Middle and Upper School. Vegetarian and gluten-free food options available.
More details about the program will be provided over the summer.
Transportation options for Seattle Academy families include carpooling as well as centralized bus routes from the East Side, south, west, northwest, and northeast. The campus is located on major Metro bus routes, and there are limited parking options available for juniors and seniors.
Community Chest is available upon request for bus transportation.
More information about our transportation services will be provided over the summer.
The SAAS Parent Association plays a vital role in the life of our community. In its work to support the strategic and operations goals of the institution, the Parent Association:
- Supports activities that enhance school and community spirit
- Recognizes and honors faculty and staff in appropriate ways
- Provides parent enrichment programs
- Organizes and assists with activities that benefit the students of Seattle Academy
There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer for SAAS! We welcome and appreciate parent/guardian volunteers to support Admission, Athletics, Arts, Development, Parent Education, Events, Ski Bus, Class Activities, and more. We’ll share information throughout the summer will describe opportunities to get involved.
For meetings and presentations hosted by the Parent Association and their committees, visit our Parent Association page to learn more.