Student Assignment Plan

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 Plan for 2017-18

Several updates to the Student Assignment Plan are being proposed for School Board consideration. The Plan for 2017-18 continues most of the assignment rules in effect during 2016-17, but some highlights and changes are:

  • Opening Cedar Park Elementary, Meany Middle, and Robert Eagle Staff Middle schools;
  • Truncating grades at Madrona - this school would become a K-5 instead of a K-8;
  • Establishing a GeoZone for Licton Springs K-8;
  • Modifying Highly Capable Cohort pathways;
  • Adding Chief Sealth as the southeast dual language immersion pathway high school;
  • Removing conflicting assignment guarantees for new to the district 6th-8th grade students;
  • Moving the date when waitlists are dissolved from August 15 to August 31;
  • Transitioning Nova High School to a service school; and 
  • Updating school and program names and locations.

Community Meetings

The following meetings are scheduled to share information about the recommended changes. Interpretation services will be available. All events are from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Click here to download a copy of the meeting presentation.

  • Nov. 21, 2016: Chief Sealth Intl HS Library
  • Nov. 28, 2016: Franklin HS Library
  • Nov. 30, 2016: Nathan Hale HS Library
  • Dec. 1, 2016: Ingraham HS Lunchroom
  • Dec. 5, 2016: John Stanford Center Auditorium

Anticipated School Board Timeline

Information about Proposed HCC Pathways

North Elementary School Pathways:

Cascadia is temporarily located in the former Lincoln High School building and serves HCC students. The school will move into its new building at the Wilson Pacific site in 2017-18. The new building is planned to have a capacity of approximately 660 seats, which is not sufficient to serve all of the students currently at Cascadia given the growth the school has experienced. As of Oct. 3, 2016, Cascadia had 754 students currently enrolled for the 2016-17 school year.

A survey was provided to Cascadia families; Thornton Creek families; HCC eligible, but not enrolled families; and staff at both schools regarding their preferences for the potential split of Cascadia and use of the Thornton Creek Campus or Cedar Park building to serve HCC students. The majority of respondents between the two communities preferred the use of the Decatur building with a Geo-Split.

The district is moving forward with the recommendation to use Decatur to serve elementary HCC students in the north end. This recommendation will be part of the changes to the Student Assignment Plan, which is scheduled to be introduced to the Board at the Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 meeting.

Northwest Middle School Pathways:

It was previously determined that Robert Eagle Staff Middle School would offer HCC if needed. Given the enrollment at Hamilton, another HCC pathway is needed in the northwest, thus Eagle Staff will offer HCC.

The current northwest pathways are as follows: Whitman, McClure and Hamilton middle school HCC students are all assigned to Hamilton.

The recommended pathways for the northwest when Eagle Staff opens are as follows:

  • Whitman and Eagle Staff middle school HCC students will be assigned to Eagle Staff;
  • McClure and Hamilton middle school HCC students will be assigned to Hamilton.

Student Assignment Documents

Click here to download the Student Assignment Plan for 2016-17.

The 2009 Student Assignment Plan was approved by the School Board to provide greater predictability for families while still offering opportunities for school choice.

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 2016-17 Student Assignment Plan.  These documents are the guides for Admissions and other district staff and must be viewed as integrated companions to fully understand student assignment.


Last updated: 11/30/2016

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