How are students assigned?
Each student in Seattle Public Schools is initially assigned to a designated attendance area school based on where that student lives.
Students may apply to attend a different school of program through School Choice. Students may apply for another attendance area school, including some K-8 schools, or:
- Option schools
- Alternative learning experience (ALE) schools
- Programs such as Montessori, Spectrum, and Highly Capable
Section 2 of the Annual Enrollment Report contains detailed historical choice data for each school.
What is Open Enrollment?
Open Enrollment is the annual period where students may first apply to attend a different school or program next year. The 2017-18 School Choice period continues until May 31, 2016.
On-time school choice applications are those received during Open Enrollment (by Feb. 24, 2017) and will be processed with applicable tiebreakers.
Late school choice applications will be accepted until May 31, 2017. Late school choice applications do not receive tiebreakers.
The results of Open Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year will be available online through the Assignment Lookup Tool starting April 17, 2017. Each student who receives a new assignment through Open Enrollment will also be mailed a result letter. Waitlist moves will continue through May 31, 2017.
What are the tiebreakers?
If more students apply for a school or program during Open Enrollment that can be assigned, tiebreakers determine assignment and waitlist status.
The standard tiebreakers for attendance area schools are:
The standard tiebreakers for option schools are:
- Geographic Zone
Additional program tiebreakers are listed in the Student Assignment Plan.
You can view current school boundary maps (including Geographic Zones) on our School Directory webpage.
Advanced Learning: 206-252-0130
English Language Learners: 206-252-0072
Special Education: 206-252-0058
Dec. 1, 2016: Registration Begins
Feb. 6, 2017: Choice Forms Available
Feb. 13, 2017: School Choice and Open Enrollment Begins
Feb. 24, 2017: Open Enrollment Ends
Apr. 17, 2017: Updated Next Year Assignment Information Available Online
May 31, 2017: School Choice Ends
Aug. 31, 2017: Waitlists Dissolve