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.

To view current assignment information using the assignment lookup tool, you will need the student's identification number and birth date.

Student Assignment Transition Plan for 2016-17

On November 18, 2015, the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors unanimously approved the Student Assignment Transition Plan for 2016-17.  These are not changes for the current school year (2015-16).

The changes include:

  • Updated language for school and program names and locations; 
  • The elimination of the distance tiebreaker; and
  • Waitlists will now be dissolved on August 15, instead of September 30. 

The district intends to make all waitlist moves for the 2016-17 school year by May 31, 2016, pending program placement and student eligibility notification.  Enrollment Planning will maintain waitlist data until August 15, 2016 in the event that program notifications have not been completed or if there are unanticipated adjustments that need to be made after May 31.

Other Student Assignment Documents

The Student Assignment Plan was approved by the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors in 2009 to provide greater predictability for families while still offering opportunities for school choice.  Annual Transition Plans guided a phased approach to implementation.

The Superintendent's Procedures for Student Assignment sets forth the implementation of the policies established by the Board in the Student Assignment Plan and the most recent transition plan (2013-14).  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: 3/30/2016

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