College Counseling

One of Bush’s greatest assets, in my opinion, is its college counseling program. Located on the third floor of Gracemont are the offices of Melissa and Alice, the dynamic duo who work so hard to help everyone through the intense and stressful college process. Sadly Alice is leaving, but Melissa (and soon a new counselor) is someone who is always there and ready to answer questions (i.e. if you’re not sure what classes to take to best prepare for college/to most impress college admissions officers). The whole process is very hands on, and I can’t think of any way in which I wish the process was improved when I was applying to schools. I know a lot of kids who go to other schools who had outside-of-school college counselors, but at Bush there really is no need. Melissa and Alice both have been on the other side of the process, as college admissions officers, and know how to have you best represent yourself so that you can get into a school where you will have a great experience.

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AMP, which stands for Action Module Program, is a mandatory program that every student participates in; however, it hardly feels mandatory. AMP gives you the opportunity to experience something amazing. In the fall and winter, AMPs take place on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. as part of your weekly schedule. In the spring, along with possible weekly prep, AMP is a full week. This is when the really exciting off-campus adventures happen! AMPs may include political campaigning, internships, art shows, drama productions, wilderness trips, and community service opportunities — the possibilities are endless. Students may also design an AMP in conjunction with a faculty advisor.

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Here is a list of some of the AMPs I’ve participated in:
Glass Blowing
Day Hikes
Tutoring the Community
Sailing in the San Juans
AIDS Alliance
Political Campaigning
Service at Bush

Some AMPs Katy has participated in:
Cake Baking
Political Campaigning
Day Hikes
Service at Bush
Asian Culture Sampler
Writing Beyond the Walls
Internship at the Washington Environmental Council


Denny Blaine

Denny Blaine is a cool place to just go and hang out with some friends, and is super close to campus. People flock to DB when the weather gets nice to have little picnics or just relax. Be warned though, along with Bush students, many adults come to Denny Blaine to do some nude tanning, so you may or may not see some naked people if you decide to venture over there.

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When you enter the Bush high school, you (along with 8-12 other students) are assigned to an advisor. Your advisor is there for you through thick and thin. It is their responsibility to take care of their advisees and it is your responsibility to reach out to them when necessary. Advisory meets once a week for 25 minutes. During this time, your advisory discusses current issues, what’s happening on campus and in the student body, and general personal issues. Advisory is the perfect time to mention any questions or concerns you have with your school life, home life, or even your current social situation. Advisory is a safe space for you and your peers to connect on a deeper level. Think of it as your family away from home. Additionally, your advisor will sit and go over your grades/midterm comments with you during this time when they are released. It is traditional for advisees to take turns bringing “snack” each week for the others. This usually means you get a donut, cookies, or cake as a morning treat. Some students can get pretty creative with this — I remember my freshman year on the last day of advisory, a senior brought in a griddle, chocolate chip pancake batter, bacon, and eggs. We had a 5 star American breakfast cooked right there in the music room!


The Upper School Senate is Bush’s student government: student senators are elected by their peers, they loosely follow Robert’s Rules of Order, and they try to navigate the difficult systems to make the ideas of students become reality. I’m not gonna lie, senate often gets a lot of criticism for not getting things done, but it truly is difficult to actualize everything the students want while also working with the proper resources to make it happen. Sometimes facilities tells them no, sometimes there isn’t money for the projects, but the senate does work hard within the time allotted to make solutions happen.

On the bright side; however, the senate has followed through on many requests, such as the highly used ping pong table, additional microwave in the commons, and having facilities supply tampons in all bathrooms.

I hope though that more students talk to their senate representatives if there’s something they want changed on campus, because often there are issues that go unnoticed. So, if in your time at Bush there is something which you want to see changed, go talk to a senator! It really can’t hurt.

The Arb

The Washington Park Arboretum is a large park that is just past the Shell gas station– also walking distance from school and right across the street from Washington Park Playfield. It’s great place to go for a jog, and you might run into some cross country team runners along the way!

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Address: 3015 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

Hours: Sun-Thurs 11AM-11PM and Fri-Sat 11AM-12AM

Phone: (206) 726-1717

Pagliacci Pizza is another popular lunch spot for high schoolers. Their food is consistently tasty and is walking distance away from school.

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