Boarding Students

Residential Life

Forest Ridge boarding students build close bonds with a tight-knit group of sisters from around the world. Whether they are a weekday boarder from across town or an international student, each girl quickly feels right at home.

The residence house is on school grounds in a quiet, safe neighborhood. Forest Ridge girls live comfortably with about 25 other students, sharing a room with one or two other girls. The 19-acre woodland campus is the backyard, with sweeping mountain views, trails and gardens. A wide selection of stores are located nearby, and weekly trips ensure students have everything they need. On the weekends, the girls can enjoy planned outings like museum visits, service projects, trips to a lake or beach, movies and bowling.

This environment builds self-awareness, independence and resilience. The Residential Life curriculum, using the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria as the foundation, gives the guidance each student needs to feel grounded and thrive academically and socially. Twice-monthly life-skills workshops include topics like health and wellness and help improve communication while fostering strong friendships. Residential and teaching faculty provide homework help and academic support.

Living Here

Our on-campus dorm is in a quiet, safe neighborhood with breathtaking views of Lake Washington, Seattle, Mt. Rainier and the Olympic mountain range. We are a ten-minute drive from necessities like grocery stores, pharmacies, and coffee shops, with trips provided weekly for students to purchase whatever they may need.

On weekends, students take advantage of everything the Pacific Northwest offers, from excursions in downtown Seattle to camping trips in Olympic National Forest. Activities are as varied as the interests of the girls who live here, and we provide regular opportunities to try something new or share a favorite hobby with the rest of our community.

Growing Here

A cornerstone of living at Forest Ridge is our residential life curriculum, designed to foster collaboration, encourage growth, and provide academic and social-emotional support. We meet twice monthly for life skills workshops on topics ranging from health and wellness to interpersonal skills, both with the whole community and in smaller, mixed-grade advisory groups. In addition, we engage in regular service projects to support those in need in our greater Bellevue and Seattle communities.

Students are also encouraged to become a dorm student leader as a dorm prefect or a goal ambassador. These opportunities are open to students of all grades who want to be involved in decision-making, become advocates for their dorm sisters, and work closely with residential faculty to plan community events, birthday and holiday celebrations, and weekend activities.

Studying Here

Freshmen and sophomores attend proctored study hall in Piggot Library on school nights from 7 to 9 p.m. Juniors and seniors may also study in the library, or may choose to work in one of the communal study spaces in the dorm. Study hall is supervised by residential and teaching faculty who offer homework support in a variety of subjects.

Five Day Boarding

Five day boarders live on campus from Sunday evening until Friday afternoon, and return home for weekends with their families. This is a great option for students within a two-hour commute of campus who are seeking to gain greater independence before college.

Meet the Residential Life Staff

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