Open Enrollment Fast Facts

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Open Enrollment Fast Facts

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:

  1. Sibling
  2. Lottery

The standard tiebreakers for option schools are:

  1. Sibling
  2. Geographic Zone
  3. Lottery

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.


Contact

Admissions: 206-252-0760

Advanced Learning: 206-252-0130

English Language Learners: 206-252-0072

Special Education: 206-252-0058

Transportation: 206-252-0900

Key Dates

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

2016-17 Numbers

As of 3/30/16
Total applications ... 5,617
On-time applications ... 5,177
Choice assignments ... 1,643
Waitlisted students ... 3,974
Percent assigned ... 29.3

Top First Choices for
2016-17

Elementary Schools
Cascadia ... 294
Fairmount Park ... 182
Thornton Creek ... 175

K-8 Schools
Hazel Wolf ... 482
Salmon Bay ... 252
Pathfinder ... 206

Middle Schools
Hamilton Intl ... 271
Madison ... 132
Mercer Intl ... 109

High Schools
Cleveland STEM ... 266
Ingraham ... 199
Garfield ... 116

2015-16 Numbers

As of 4/8/15
Total applications ... 6,550
On-time applications ... 6,068
Choice assignments ... 2,158
Waitlisted students ... 4,392
Percent assigned ... 32.9

2014-15 Numbers

As of 4/3/14
Total applications ... 6,265
On-time applications ... 5,933
Choice assignments ... 2,954
Waitlisted students ... 3,311
Percent assigned ... 47.2

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