Residential Life FAQs
- Is Forest Ridge a safe campus?
- Is it normal to feel homesick?
- What is the food like at Forest Ridge?
- What medical services are available for students?
- Who looks after the students' well-being?
- How is academic time structured?
- Are laundry facilities available?
- What can students do on the weekends?
- Can students have a car on campus?
- When is the Residential Life dormitory closed?
- Will students have a roommate and how are roommates assigned?
- Will students have their own bathroom and shower?
We serve quality foods that are locally sourced by environmentally-sustainable suppliers. Our exceptional head chef leads of team of sous chefs that prepare a wide variety of delicious foods with balanced, healthy options prepared onsite. In addition, Forest Ridge Sacred Heart Exchange students and international students are celebrated monthly by planning menus and cooking foods from their home country.
Forest Ridge is proud to serve many foods that are farmed and prepared on-campus. All the breads and pastries are fresh-baked. Forest Ridge harvests our own honey and has two organic gardens that produce vegetables served in our menu. We do not serve foods with artificial colors, trans-fats, MSG, sulfites or peanuts. We also provide gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.
Dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. every weekday evening in The Commons (also known as The FRidge). Grab and Go meals are available on weekends to allow for flexible scheduling around student activities.
The Residential Life program is led by dedicated directors and both day and overnight staff. There is 24/7 adult supervision at the dormitory.
Being a small boarding program means that our entire team creates a close relationship with every girl. In addition, our students are surrounded by a support team of teachers, mentors, learning support teachers, college advisors, school counselors and more. They are all members of the student’s community in the United States and act as advocates and caregivers for all boarding students.
There are a variety of off-campus activities for boarding students on the weekends. Residential directors plan excursions that may include trips to Seattle, bowling, hiking, community service, shopping, movie theaters, museums, cultural events and parks. Each weekend, students also have the choice to go to the local YMCA as well as the local shopping mall for any errands they may need to complete.
The Residential Life dormitory is a home in every sense. On-campus activities may include game and movie nights, karaoke, a variety of baking and craft projects and indoor/outdoor group games. Dormitory students may also wish to travel off campus with other dorm students or day students on the weekend. With certain parental permissions, students are permitted to travel off-campus by public transportation, parent/student drivers or taxi.
The dorm is typically closed for approximately two weeks during the December holiday school break and approximately one week during Spring Break. Exact dates of dorm closures can be found on the calendar or the Key Dates document.
If students wish to request airport transportation, they are asked to check the dorm airport transportation dates and times available to guarantee transportation. Students who plan travel outside of the dorm’s airport transportation dates and times may have to arrange their own airport transportation.