The Bush School

Bukuru Seattle, Washington

General Information The Bush School is a K-12 coeducational day school of about 680 students. It is dedicated to being an urban school and works closely with the community in which it is located. There is a strong emphasis on the arts, experiential education, and foreign travel at Bush. 


Network students may come at almost any time and experience life in a small, independent school a few miles from downtown Seattle. 

A number of activities may be available to Network students. These include wilderness trips include a ski touring and snow camping trip (Yellowstone) in mid-February. Activities week, usually in mid-May, can include hiking, the John Day river rafting trip, wooden boat building, glassblowing, sailing, bike riding, a trip to Ashland and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and other experiential or community service programs.

Network students should combine these programs with one to two weeks at the school, so as to take part in planning and to get to know the Bush community. Network students will be charged for food, transportation (and lodging, if applicable) for trips outside of Seattle. Lunch and bus money may be needed.

Living Arrangements and Travel

Network students live with families of Bush students in Seattle or nearby communities. Seattle is a distinctive city that combines cultural richness with the extraordinary beauty of its natural environment. Outdoor sports are important at Bush and Network students have many opportunities to participate.

Incoming students should use Seattle’s SeaTac Airport. If possible, Bush families will meet students at the airport. Taxis to the school cost $40.   

Application Procedure

Students should complete the Network Student Information form and return it to the home school Network Advisor.


Individually arranged throughout the year, though the second week of May is ideal. See the School Calendar for vacation dates.

Download this information in PDF format here: BUSH.pdf

Advisor Name: Kristin McInaney

Title: Experiential Programs Manager

Phone: (206) 322-7978