Who are we?

  • Billings is co-educational and serves 90-100 students in grades 6-8.

  • Our average class size is 15.
  • 27% of Billings families receive tuition assistance.   
  • 90% of alumni report attending their first or second choice high school.
  • Billings awards more than $530,000 annually in need-based financial aid. 
  • 1/3 of our students are from families of color. 
  • Students come from over 30 different public and private schools throughout Seattle, the east side and other surrounding communities.     
  • We offer three year integrated programs in global studies, applied math, visual and performing arts, and outdoor learning.   
  • We offer classes specifically focused on issues of ethics and equity.  
  • Billings Middle School is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. 

 Ronan H (2011) and a classmate paddling.

Ronan H (2011) and a classmate paddling.

Our History

Alongside a wave of progressive women pioneering schools in the Northwest in the 1970's, Billings was founded as The Intermediate School (TIS) by Luanne Billings in 1979. TIS was well recognized in Seattle for its community roots, its attention to the individual learner, and for its use of the city as an educational campus. 

After 18 successful years serving grades 4-6 in North Seattle, TIS transformed into Billings Middle School in 1996, graduating our first 8th grade class in the Spring of 1998. In 2001, the school moved into its current Green Lake location at 7217 Woodlawn Ave NE.

Moving to Green Lake allowed Billings to expand, and the school doubled its enrollment between 2000 and 2005. Billings developed deep relationships with the neighborhood, and local resources such as the library, the community center, dance and yoga studios expanded the breadth of our campus. In 2006, the school purchased our main building.  The East Village and Outpost buildings, comprising five new classrooms, outdoor program space, and administrative offices were added in 2009.


 Ailey C (2018) receives her diploma. 

Ailey C (2018) receives her diploma. 



A Billings education prepares graduates to attend and thrive in high schools across the region and in colleges across the nation. Recent graduates now attend The Northwest School, Seattle Academy, University Prep, The Bush School, The Overlake School, Eastside Prep, Seattle Prep, Holy Names Academy, Bishop Blanchet, Ingraham, Garfield, Roosevelt, Nathan Hale, Ballard, Center School, NOVA, Shorecrest High School, and the Aviation High School. 

Billings graduates have gone on to attend colleges and universities across the country including Brown, Dartmouth, Ithaca, Smith, Carnegie Melon, Yale, Bennington, Middlebury, Williams, Oberlin, Macalester, Colorado College, University of Michigan, Pomona, Occidental, UCLA, Stanford, University of Oregon, Lewis & Clark, Whitman, University of Washington, Western Washington University, Washington State, and The University of British Columbia.