The Valley School

Admissions Overview



Thank you for your interest in The Valley School!

We are currently accepting applications for Pre-K through 5th Grade. Please contact Lora Kolmer, Director of Admissions and Community Relations ( for more information.

The Valley School creates educational experiences that encourage children's innate passion for learning through abundant opportunities for intellectual exploration, imaginative thinking, and the practice of kindness.

Furthermore, our philosophy, practice, and decision-making regarding admission to The Valley School are grounded in our values of Collaboration, Fairness, Respect for individuality, Kindness, Creativity, and Inclusiveness.

This Mission and these Values steer our admission goals and policies towards the creation of a vibrant, engaged, and diverse community of children and parents from the greater Seattle community. Our aim is both to enroll students and families whom we believe will thrive in our mission-driven school, as well as to create classroom communities that include a diversity of children, each with unique qualities and characteristics.

In order to provide this depth of perspectives and experiences, which we believe support our educational mission, we strive to create classrooms that are inclusive of students within a broad range of normal development, socio-economic levels, ethnic and cultural representation, race, family composition, and gender. We seek to ensure that each class includes families who value the variety of backgrounds and experiences represented in our community.


Application Steps

  1. Complete an application (required).  The Valley School is one of many Seattle area schools using Ravenna Admit for the online application process. Through Ravenna, you will be able to complete the core application as well as request supplemental forms. Supplemental forms are common forms that are shared among multiple schools. This means that you will only need to request the teacher evaluation and the school records once and they will be electronically submitted to the schools that you have applied to through Ravenna. Please note: Children must be 4 years old by August 31 for Pre-K and 5 years old for Kindergarten.

  2. Attend a school tour (required). At The Valley School, we believe that a tour of our school is an important step in the application process. Visiting parents/guardians will have the opportunity to hear about our program, tour all classrooms and meet our Head of School. The tour is for adults only and can be scheduled by clicking here. If you have any questions, please contact Lora Kolmer, Director of Admissions and Community Relations at

  3. Consider attending our Open House (optional). Attend Open House on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. You will have the opportunity to hear from our Head of School and visit up to two of our classrooms to hear about our educational programs directly from teachers. This optional school visit begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. and is for adults only. While not required, your RSVP allows us to make preparations for this event. Thank you! 

  4. Schedule a child visit (required). Once your application is complete in Ravenna, you will be contacted by email to schedule the child visit. Early completion of your application will allow for more time for this step.

    • Children applying to Pre-K will be scheduled to visit on Saturday, March 10 or Monday, March 12 with visit times scheduled for 11:00 a.m. to noon on both days.
    • Children applying to Kindergarten will be scheduled to visit on Saturday, March 10 or Monday, March 12 with visit times  scheduled for 9-10 a.m. on both days.
    • Children applying to Grades 1-2 will be scheduled to visit on a day in early March TBD.
    • Children applying to Grades 3-5 will be scheduled to visit in February or March on a mutually agreeable day between 8:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.