Residential Life FAQs


Is Forest Ridge a safe campus?

Forest Ridge School is in a quiet, suburban neighborhood with sweeping views of the Seattle and Bellevue skylines. Forest Ridge is known as a safe campus with 24/7 adult supervision in the Residential Life dormitory.

Is it normal to feel homesick?

It is not easy for most students to live in a new location or culture and it is normal for students to feel homesick from time to time. The residential staff members are trained to help students adapt to their new community and lead coordinated activities that help students learn, grow and build confidence.

What is the food like at Forest Ridge?

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.

What medical services are available for students?

Forest Ridge has 24-hour access to medical care, including an on-call consultation nurse. Residential Life program staff are First Aid/CPR trained and in the event of a medical emergency, Overlake Hospital in Bellevue and Seattle Children’s Hospital are within a 10-20 mile radius. International students are required to arrange Myers and Toohey Accident Insurance as part of their boarding program matriculation process.

Who looks after the students' well-being?

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.

How is academic time structured?

Study hall is structured time for students to work quietly and free from distractions including cell phones, roommates, etc. Study hall is held on school nights (Sunday-Thursday) for two hours. 9th and 10th graders work in the school library while 11th and 12th graders may choose between the library and dormitory. If students complete their homework early, they are expected to use their time productively. Some students read library materials, while others use that time to plan for the following week.

Are laundry facilities available?

The dormitory facilities include free washers and dryers for student use. All students are taught how to wash and dry their own clothes and linens. Students are expected to purchase and store their own laundry supplies.

What can students do on the weekends?

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.

Can students have a car on campus?

For the safety of our students, we do not allow dormitory students to keep their own car on campus. However, with certain parental permissions, students can travel off-campus by public transportation, parent/student drivers or taxi. In addition, there are weekly off-campus activities and shopping trips organized by our Residential Directors.

When is the Residential Life dormitory closed?

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.

Will students have a roommate and how are roommates assigned?

All students, except for dorm student leaders, will have at least one roommate. Roommates are assigned based roommate surveys, grade level considerations and insight by residential staff members. Residential Directors usually decide roommate assignments for 9th and 10th grade students to ensure students have new living experiences with various students. The program tries their best to room students from different countries. The 11th and 12th grade students have some flexibility in selecting roommates, when possible.

Will students have their own bathroom and shower?

Students share communal showers and bathrooms. Students are expected to purchase their own toiletries and are responsible for maintaining items that are needed for personal hygiene. Transportation is provided weekly for trips to the local mall to purchase personal items.