Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

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

Top Rankings

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 303 schools) for:

  • Category Attribute
Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Forest Ridge SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)8-129-12
Grades Offered (Day)5-129-12
School TypeAll-girlsCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationCatholicNon-denominational
Year Founded19071907
Campus Size20 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment300 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1342* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score28*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(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)
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$6,500
(4 week English Immersion Summer Program with boarding )
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$34 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Financial Assistance available to those who qualify)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Financial Assistance available to those who qualify)
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Director of AdmissionsElizabeth Ayer
Rosanne Tomich (International)
Associate Director of AdmissionsSam Nicols '11

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1516
SportsBadminton, Ballet, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Golf, Orienteering, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Tennis, Track, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

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.
  • LD types supported: Yes
  • 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.

Profile last updated: 03/02/2021

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