The Upper School project prioritizes environmental sustainability – both the building itself and its operational features – a value that is consistent with the school’s history, ethos, and values. I am proud to report that the New Upper School Building will be the first “Salmon Safe” school, the first “Passive House” school in the West, and one of the first “Net Zero Energy” schools in the nation.

“A real-life environment where school is as thrilling as the world – and more understandable.”
- Helen Taylor Bush
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The Bush School’s Commitment to Sustainability October 2018

As a school community, we believe we have a moral and ethical obligation for the preservation and care of the natural, non-human world. We will use a lens of environmental sustainability as new buildings are designed and constructed, new programs are conceived, and as the school culture evolves.

We recognize that this is a process and that resources may limit our ability to fully implement every idea and best practice in this moment, but we will continue to strive for making our campus and planet a safer place for our students and the natural world.

One of our four educational foundations is “ethical judgement and action.” As a guide for the future, our work is based in three primary areas: People, Program and Place as defined in our strategic plan. The Bush School has fostered a strong sense of Place through its deep roots in the Seattle community, its commitment to place-based learning, and its outdoor education program. As we continue to grow our program, our campus, and our school, it is the right time to exercise “ethical judgement and action” regarding our relationship to the environment.

September 2021 Exxel Pacific Update

A lot of progress was made in the month of August at the Upper School as the New Building took big steps towards getting sealed-up. Installation began on windows, roofing

August 2021 Exxel Pacific Update

Lots of activity happened at the Upper School this summer. All of the major structural wood framing wrapped up at the end of the month. Utility work in the roundabout


June was a busy month at the Bush Upper School project site. The generator between Wissner and Gracemont was pulled while extensive site utility work took place and is on-going.

A guest blog from Izzy G., Upper School student at The Bush School

As a student at The Bush School, I have been taught the importance of contributing to our communities and making a difference in the world. For me, those principles manifest