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    Growth Boundaries Frequently Asked Questions

    If you have other questions, please email growthboundaries@seattleschools.org.

    Which schools will have new boundaries in 2018-19?

    Three elementary schools—Loyal Heights, Adams and Whittier—have boundary changes scheduled for the 2018-19 school year. These changes were approved by the School Board in 2013. Enrollment Planning staff will be evaluating the planned changes and engaging with the community about these changes in late spring and early fall 2017.

    My address is close to the boundary line. How do I know which boundary includes my address?

    Addresses located on streets where attendance area boundaries fall will be assigned to their respective attendance area schools. In the sample below, residents of building A are assigned to Whittier, while residents of building B are assigned to West Woodland.

    sample boundary line scenario map

    Who decided on the changes?

    The School Board approved boundary changes for multiple elementary and middle schools in 2013. Each year they consider adjustments to the changes for the following year.

    Why are these changes necessary?

    School boundaries need to be adjusted to accommodate enrollment growth and new school construction that will occur over the next few years. You can see a schedule and information about school renovations and construction on the Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy website and the Buildings, Technology and Academcis IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy website.

    When will you review high school boundaries?

    High school boundaries are currently being reviewed by the High School Boundary Task Force. Community meetings are anticipated for late fall 2017. Boundary changes for high schools will be implemented in 2019, when more high school space is available. Ultimately, the Seattle School Board will approve new boundaries for high schools.

    No additional high school capacity will be added until Lincoln High School opens and construction of an addition at Ingraham High School is completed. Both projects are expected to be completed by fall 2019.

    Are these changes approved?

    The Loyal Heights, Adams and Whittier attendance area boundary changes were part of the Growth Boundaries Plan approved by the School Board in November 2013. That plan included implementation of new boundaries over time.

    If staff review of enrollment and capacity data, and community feedback shows that the previously approved boundaries need to be adjusted, staff-recommended amendments will be proposed to the School Board for consideration. The proposal first goes to the School Board Operations Committee. If they decide to move the proposal forward, it is introduced to the full School Board at a School Board meeting. At a future meeting, usually the next regular meeting, the School Board then acts on the proposal.

    How are the enrollment projections that influence boundary decisions made?

    Please visit the Enrollment Planning page to learn about projections.

    Will there be additional changes after all of the changes approved in 2013 are implemented?

    We hope that we will not have to make additional boundary changes in the near future. However, if additional schools are renovated, replaced, or built using future capital levies, boundaries may need to be adjusted to accommodate that capacity change.

    Will current elementary students be grandfathered?

    District staff will recommend grandfathering for current elementary school students impacted by boundary changes in fall 2018.

    Is transportation provided for grandfathered students?

    Transportation is not provided for grandfathered students.

    Will transportation be provided to the new attendance area school?

    If a student is outside the walk zone for the new attendance area school, transportation will be provided following usual school district transportation rules.

    What about siblings? Can they go to school with the students who are grandfathered?

    If grandfathering is available, it applies only to students currently enrolled in a school and is in effect through the highest grade at that school (5th or 8th grade) as long as the services the student needs are available at that school.

    Any student entering school after boundary changes are implemented will be assigned to the new attendance area school, including siblings.

    The first tiebreaker for a choice assignment is always "sibling," so it may be possible for a younger child to apply and enter through Open Enrollment.

    What if a student is grandfathered, but wants to move to the new attendance area school?

    To attend the new attendance area school, families need to fill out a School Choice form to alert the district that they do not wish to be grandfathered. A seat at the new attendance area school is guaranteed if the home address falls within the boundaries.

    If a student is grandfathered in elementary school, where will he or she go to middle school?

    Once a grandfathered student completes the highest grade offered at the school (5th or 8th grade), attendance at middle school or high school is based on the home attendance area.

    If a student is currently enrolled in a school through the choice process, will that student be impacted by grandfathering decisions?

    No. Once a student receives a choice assignment, they may remain at that school through the highest grade level.

    If a student has an IEP, will that student be impacted by boundary changes and grandfathering decisions?

    Special Education services (and assignments) depend on the student's IEP. If the services the student needs are offered at all or most schools, the student's assignment, based on their IEP, may not be impacted by boundary changes.​


    Last updated: 09/22/2017