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A+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Sports
    B-
Address
4800 139th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
Telephone
(425) 641-0700

Applying

Application Deadline
January 11
Application Fee
$50
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
TOEFL, SSAT, ISEE

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$33,530
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$62,300
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid
From Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Forest Ridge provides a challenging, student-focused academic program for girls in grades 5-12.

Founded in Seattle in 1907 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart and 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. Forest Ridge graduates women who change the world.

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1300
63 responses
Average ACT
29
29 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
50%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 8 responses
Report
  • Conge
    50%
  • Kris Kringle
    25%
  • Follies
    13%
  • Getting out
    13%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
373
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.5 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.5 responses
20%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.5 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
6:1
National
17:1
Poll
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.7 responses
Poll
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.7 responses
Poll
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.7 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
50%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.6 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.6 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.6 responses

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart Reviews

43 reviews
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Forest Ridge is a great school to attend, the academics are very challenging and the teachers know how to push students to create the best work possible. Since the academics are quite rigorous, there is a slightly stressed and competitive environment at the school. However, this does not mean that the student community is not strong. From my personal experience, everyone is so friendly and welcoming, especially new student entering the high school. I would recommend this school to prepare for college readiness as some of the courses mimic college level work. Athletics is also another fun part of the Forest Ridge experience, there is a no-cut policy that ensure that all students can participate in any sports; this is a great place to meet new people in other grades and where I made some of my best friendships!
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Forest Ridge offers a unique all-girls education, for which I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of. Although not the typical co-ed experience, I felt the safe, small-school environment fostered lasting friendships while encouraging critical and creative thinking in the classroom. The faculty and facilities are amazing, with a staff of compassionate and thoughtful educators who will prepare students (very well!) for college. The focus is definitely academic and I've heard the new IB program is challenging, so expect less of an extracurricular focus. However, there are still many ways to get involved in sports and in the arts. I am an alum who is now studying medicine and I feel Forest Ridge helped to instill important values in me and taught me to be confident as an independent thinker. The school is "Catholic," but surprisingly offers much religious diversity. As an aside, the food is also outstanding!
I like the small class sizes at Forest Ridge as well as the strong sense of community on campus. I also like how my education feels individualized and how easy and comfortable it is to ask questions during class. The teachers are all very willing to help in any way possible and truly care about their students success.

In terms of improvement, I think that Forest Ridge can work on having a more diverse student population in terms of race/ethnicity and financially.