Assignment Appeals

Inquiries About 2016-17 School Assignment

If you have a question regarding your student's 2016-17 school assignment, please contact the SPS Service Center to begin an inquiry. Inquiries are designed to correct any errors or omissions that may have occurred during the open enrollment process. Inquiries have priority consideration over newly submitted choice applications, transfer appeals, or waitlist moves

Transfer appeals for the 2016-17 school year are considered beginning June 1, 2016. Any appeals received before that date were held as a courtesy until June 1, 2016. 

The transfer appeal process is subject to the Seattle Public Schools assignment guidelines and is considered only in extreme or unique circumstances.

To Appeal a School Assignment

Prior to submitting a transfer appeal request, please contact the SPS Service center to determine if the transfer appeal process is the best course for addressing your concerns.

Parent/Guardian Instructions For Transfer Appeals (Spanish)

It is recommended that you review the Brief Guide for Disputes and Appeals to determine whether or not the transfer appeal process will address your concerns. Submitting a request incorrectly may delay the processing of your request.

Transfer appeals are considered only in extreme or unique circumstances.  Appeals are subject to the SPS assignment guidelines are not granted on the basis of:

  • Curriculum issues
  • Transportation issues
  • Personal Preference
  • Perceived quality of a school
  • Desired cultural population
  • Child Care
  • After school activities
  • Non-school appointments
  • Family members' health

Speak to the principal of your student's school prior to submitting an appeal. The appeals board will not consider appeals until the principal has had an opportunity to resolve the concerns.

Fill out a Transfer Appeal Request Form. Forms are also available in person at the SPS Service Center. Follow the instructions on the form.

Write an appeal statement. Use the three questions on the form to help you explain your case. Attach the required written statement and any applicable documentation to your completed form. Please note that a contact name and number do not qualify as documentation. For example, a police report may be documentation, but a police report number would not. It is recommended that you keep a copy of what you submit.

Submit your fully completed appeal materials using one of the following methods:

SPS Service Center
MS 11-174
Seattle Public Schools
PO Box 34165
Seattle, WA 98124-1165


Fax: 206-252-0761

In Person (8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday):
Seattle Public Schools
John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence
2445 3rd Avenue South
(3rd and Lander)
Seattle, WA 98134

Contact Us 

For information on transferring or enrolling students in Seattle Public Schools:

SPS Service Center

Phone: 206-252-0760
Fax: 206-252-0761

Hours of Operation:
8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Closes at noon on the 3rd Wednesday of each month for training.

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