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    How are students assigned in Seattle Public Schools?

    Elementary, middle, and high school students are initially assigned to a designated attendance area school based on where the student lives. Individual school attendance area maps are available on our School Directory page. To view designated school assignments for elementary, middle, and high school students using your current address, use the address lookup tool.

    Option schools offer a variety of approaches and instructional methods. Students must apply to attend an option school. Option schools are available for students at all grade levels.

    Several other schools and services are available to meet individual student needs. Students may request assignment to a service school and/or may be referred there and assigned as individually appropriate. Unlike attendance area schools and option schools, students may transition into or out of service schools during the school year.

    Student Assignment Documents

    The School Board approved the Student Assignment Transition Plan for 2017-18 on January 11, 2017. Click here to download the Student Assignment Transition Plan for 2017-18.

    The 2009 Student Assignment Plan is an historical document that details many of the principles of the current plan. The Superintendent's Procedures for Student Assignment sets forth the implementation of the policies established by the Board in the 2009 Student Assignment Plan and the Student Assignment Transition Plan for 2017-18. These documents are the guides for Admissions and other district staff and must be viewed as integrated companions to fully understand student assignment.

    Upcoming Student Assignment Plan Revisions

    In the 2019-20 school year, Seattle Public Schools will reopen Lincoln High School, a comprehensive high school in Northwest Seattle. Reopening Lincoln will require redrawing the attendance area high school boundaries. Click here to learn more about the High School Boundary Task Force.

    At the same time, the district is reviewing the Student Assignment Plan, including access to high school advanced learning opportunities. Click here to read more about Advanced Learning.

    Community Meetings

    The district will host open house style meetings to share proposed updates and gather community feedback. All meetings are from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

    • Monday, Oct. 23, 2017: Eckstein Middle School (3003 NE 75th St)
    • Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017: Ballard High School (1418 NW 65th St)
    • Monday, Oct. 30, 2017: McClure Middle School (1915 1st Ave W)
    • Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017: Cleveland High School (5511 15th Ave S)
    • Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017: West Seattle High School (3000 California Ave SW)

    Anticipated School Board Dates

    The anticipated timeline for School Board consideration of the Student Assignment Plan is below. Action by the full School Board will not occur before the regular Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 meeting.

    • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017: Operations Committee of the Whole
    • Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017: Introduction to the full School Board

    Last updated: 09/27/2017