4800 139th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
Tel: (425) 641-0700 Ext. 2416
Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart educates young women to think critically, embrace challenges, model resilience, confront injustice, seek equality and lead globally in the pioneering spirit of our foundress.
Our graduates change the world.  Seattle area private, Catholic & independent girls school for grades 5-12

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12
  • Enrollment: 300 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,900
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $34,900
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart ranks among the top 5 all-girls schools (out of 24 all-girls schools) for:

Category
Attribute
Student Test Scores

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
8-12
5-12
Grades Offered (Day)
5-12
Pre-K-12
School Type
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1907
1906
Campus Size
20 acres
125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
300 students
310 students
% Students of Color
66%
25%
% International Students
10%
20%
% Students Boarding
10%
70%
Average SAT Score
1342
* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score
28
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
No
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Tu- full dress uniform (plaid skirt, green sweater, white polo, green socks); M, W, Th - Uniform Options (khakis, polos, school sweatshirt, sweater); Friday- free dress
Casual
Average Class Size
12 students
12
* National Avg. »18
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
77%
71%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$34 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$66,900
(Financial Assistance available to those who qualify)
$61,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$34,900
(Financial Assistance available to those who qualify)
$33,900
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$57,900
$44,616
Summer Program Cost
$6,500
(4 week English Immersion Summer Program with boarding )
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
40%
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Jan. 15
Director of Admissions
Elizabeth Ayer
Rosanne Tomich (International)
Associate Director of Admissions
Sam Nicols '11

Sports

College Matriculation

Year:
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

School Notes

    Originally founded in Seattle in 1907 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart and currently located in Bellevue, Washington, Forest Ridge educates and inspires girls and young women in 5th through 12th grades. Both a day and boarding school, Forest Ridge is the only Sacred Heart school in the Pacific Northwest. We are a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school, and a recognized pioneer in all-girl high school and middle school education. Easily accessible from the nearby areas of Newcastle, Sammamish, Kirkland, Redmond, Renton & Woodinville, we're proud to welcome students from the Greater Seattle area, and from around Western Washington.  Forest Ridge graduates women who change the world.
  • A great strength of our school is the expertise and dedication of our faculty and staff. Student-focused, passionate, and innovating, they continually apply best practices and new thinking in Teaching and Learning to open wide the mind of each student in anticipation of the world they will fully join after graduation.
  • Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart accreditations: NWAIS, WFIS, Sacred Heart Network of Schools
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Jenny Durkan '76 - Attorney, Current Mayor of Seattle. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington.
    • Kriss Turner '81 - American/Hollywood screenwriter and producer
    • Lori Dauphiny '81 - Princeton University Rowing Coach, two time National Coach of the Year
    • Yvonne Ochoa Rosellini '86 - Named by Mexican business magazine, Expansión, as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico. Yvonne has had a successful career in banking and finance as a member of the elite executive team of BBVA Bancomer, the largest financial services group in Me
    • Ann Ojemann Jarris ‘90 MD - Physician, Co-founder/Chief Executive Officer for Discovery Health MD
    • Melissa Rice '00 PhD - Member of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Science Team and Associate Professor of Planetary Science at Western Washington University
    • Kaliswa Brewster '01 - Actor & digital producer, recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle for producing and reading for the weekly podcast “Black Voices Past and Present.”
    • Michelle Hunter-Behrend ’02, MD - Emergency physician. Conducted research under a Nobel-prize winner, attended medical school at New York Medical College and residency training at Stanford.
    • Emily Lapp '03 - Human Resources Officer on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon.
    • Sesana Allen ’14, - Co-founded the Anti-Racism Fund (ARF) highlighting the inequities experienced by the Black Community. The non-profit organization provides a platform to streamline the donation process into targeted organizations that take action to fight injustice.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart cost?

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart's tuition is approximately $66,900 for boarding students and $34,900 for day students.

Who are famous alumni from Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart?

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart famous alumni include: Jenny Durkan '76, Kriss Turner '81, Lori Dauphiny '81, Yvonne Ochoa Rosellini '86, Ann Ojemann Jarris ‘90 MD, Melissa Rice '00 PhD, Kaliswa Brewster '01, Michelle Hunter-Behrend ’02, MD, Emily Lapp '03 and Sesana Allen ’14,.

What sports does Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart offer?

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart offers 15 interscholastic sports: Badminton, Ballet, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Golf, Orienteering, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Tennis, Track, Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball.

Does Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart offer a summer program?

Yes, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What is Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart's ranking?

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for High average SAT scores.

When is the application deadline for Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart?

The application deadline for Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is Jan. 15 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 15 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12
  • Enrollment: 300 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,900
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $34,900
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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