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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 2017-18?

    There are two elementary schools and nine middle schools with boundary changes for the 2017-18 school year. These changes were approved by the School Board on Nov. 16, 2017. You can see the list of schools and maps on the 2017-18 changes page.

    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.

    In addition, Magnolia Elementary School is under renovation and planned to open as a new elementary in fall 2018. Work to develop boundaries for this new school is underway and includes possible boundary changes for other Magnolia and Queen Anne area schools.

    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 the boundary changes for the 2017-18 school year on November 16, 2016.

    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.

    The initial focus is on elementary and middle school boundaries. High school boundaries will be reviewed beginning in 2017. No additional high school capacity will be added until the renovation of the Lincoln Building is complete. The estimated date for Lincoln to open as a high school is fall 2019. High school attendance area boundaries will need adjustment in order to assign students to the renovated Lincoln High School when it opens.

    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.

    The new Magnolia Elementary boundaries were not included in the Growth Boundaries Plan. Those boundaries are under development and have not yet been approved by the School Board.

    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?

    Decisions have not yet been made about grandfathering for boundary changes being implemented in fall 2018.

    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: 3/27/17