Applying to LWGMS

Our admissions staff wants to learn about you as an individual, and about your family, too. Throughout the admissions process we’ll ask questions that allow us to get to know what you dream about, what goals you’ve set, and who you want to become. We’ll also ask your teachers and other people who know you well for evaluations.

First Things First

☛ Create your Ravenna account. Ravenna is our online, paperless admission system that helps families manage their child's applications to private and independent schools. It is our strong preference to receive applications and accompanying forms through Ravenna. Please contact us if applying online is not possible for you.

☛ Attend an Open House – they are a great way for students and parents to get a feeling for the school and who we are as a community.

☛ Schedule your applicant's SSAT or ISEE testing as soon as possible.


OCTOBER 2019 – MARCH 2020

Schedule a required Monday Visit and Family Information Session as soon as possible to get an even closer look – spots fill up quickly! Each applying student is required to attend a Monday Visit and applicant families are required to attend an information session on this day.

OCTOBER 1, 2019 – JANUARY 16, 2020

+ Application Form

Submit online application to LWGMS no later than January 16, 2020 through Ravenna. Ravenna guides families through the online application process—forms submissions, teacher evaluations, deadline tracking, application status, and decision notification. Students can apply to multiple schools from using Ravenna. (Essay and test scores must be submitted separately.)

+ Application Fee of $75

A non-refundable fee of $75 must accompany the application, paid directly through Ravenna. If the application fee is a possible barrier to application, please call the Admissions Office at 206.709.3800 or email Sarah Campbell-Harris.

The following items should be received no later than January 16, 2020 to complete your application.

+ Parent/Guardian and Student Questionnaires

These are to be submitted through Ravenna.

+ Teacher Evaluations

Two teacher evaluations – one from the 5th grade core teacher and from a teacher who has taught the applicant within the last two years – are required. It is our strong preference to receive teacher evaluations through Ravenna.

+ Confidential School Report/Transcript Request

Fill out the transcript request form completely, sign it, and bring to the student’s current school office. The school will send the applicant’s transcript to LWGMS or upload it via Ravenna.

+ Test Scores

LWGMS requires SSAT or ISEE testing for all applicants. Please schedule the applicant’s test date at your earliest convenience so that her scores are received by LWGMS by January 16, 2020, or no later than February 10, 2020. Visit to register for one of these tests, or to schedule a test at a different date/location. To see all of the Seattle ISEE testing locations, click here.

LWGMS will not host the SSAT this year but will accept SSAT test results. Visit to register for a test at a different location.

+ Current Photo

Please include a recent photo of the applicant (or of the entire family, if possible) along with the application.

+ Personal Recommendation (Optional)

An optional additional reference letter from an adult (tutor, coach, instructor, etc.) who knows your daughter in a unique capacity or who may share additional insights may also be submitted.

+ Supplemental Information (Optional)

Please feel free to include copies of any test scores, artwork, writing samples, awards, or other information that will help us get a clearer overall picture of the applicant. Please do not send original artwork that you want returned.

JANUARY 1, 2020 – FEBRUARY 6, 2020

+ Financial Aid Application (Optional)

Due by February 6, 2020. If you are interested in applying for Financial Aid, please visit our website as soon as possible to review the application process and required information. To be considered for financial aid you must have all required information submitted by February 6, 2020. Please email Julie LaLuna, Director of Finance and Operations, or call her at 206.709.3800 with any questions regarding Financial Aid.

Lake Washington Girls Middle School admits students who identify as girls of any race, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual identity, or family composition. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual identity, or family composition in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, athletic, co-curricular, or other school-administered programs.