Initially founded in Seattle in 1907 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart and currently located in Bellevue, Washington, Forest Ridge educates and inspires girls and young women in 5th through 12th grades. Both a day and boarding school, Forest Ridge is the only Sacred Heart school in the Pacific Northwest. We are a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school and a recognized pioneer in all-girl high school and middle school education. Easily accessible from the nearby areas of Newcastle, Sammamish, Kirkland, Redmond, Renton & Woodinville, we're proud to welcome students from the Greater Seattle area and from around Western Washington. Forest Ridge graduates women who change the world.
Our Mission tells the world why we exist today. Our Vision describes where our leadership wants to take our school tomorrow. Both statements are fundamentally crucial to our planning. Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart educates young women to think critically, embrace challenges, model resilience, confront injustice, seek equality, and lead globally in the pioneering spirit of our foundress. Our alumnae change the world.
Our Vision is uncompromising excellence in educating girls in the Sacred Heart tradition. In keeping with St. Madeleine Sophie Barat's Vision for excellence in educating girls since 1800, Forest Ridge offers a program grounded in our rich Catholic tradition. We provide our young women the courageous leadership skills necessary to act with compassion and conviction in embracing the challenges of a diverse global society. Our alumnae respond generously to their local and global communities' needs and embrace their responsibilities to serve morally and ethically.
St. Madeleine Sophie once said, "In this struggle concerning education, the Heart of Jesus asks us not for our blood, but our minds. We must strengthen our studies by intellectual work." Inspired by her words, our school's great strength is the expertise and dedication of our faculty and staff. Student-focused, passionate, and innovating, they continually apply best practices and new thinking in Teaching and Learning to open each student's mind in anticipation of the world they willfully join after graduation.
As both a Microsoft School and Microsoft Showcase School, we host educators and Education leaders worldwide seeking insights into Forest Ridge's successes in integrating Technology across curricula. Our student's opportunities to work with Technology directly are diverse and evolving. Every day, students of all grade levels experience project-based learning, whether programming two NAO Humanoid Robots, learning to code in one of our Coding courses, or experimenting with 3D printers and laser engravers in our Maker Space.
Utilizing our new Digital Media Lab, students can also immerse themselves in groundbreaking hardware and software. For example, students can pursue their creative passions with state of the art Microsoft Surface Studio devices for digital graphic design or discover the world of 3D interaction with the unique zSpace 3D computer. For a change of pace with more traditional technologies, students can dabble in video creation, green-screen capture, or audio projects utilizing a full complement of digital video cameras, microphones, and editing tools. Forest Ridge remains an active pioneer in Technology, and this spirit of innovation shines inside each of our classrooms, throughout our learning spaces, and across our campus.