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District News and Announcements

Open Enrollment for School Choice

Open Enrollment for school choice has begun. From now through March 6, families will be able to request a school or program outside of their regularly assigned neighborhood school.

Our enrollment page walks you through details of how to enroll your student and how to request a school other than your assigned school. On that page you can watch our enrollment videos for an overview of the process, use the new Assignment Look-up Tool to find out where your child is assigned, explore Seattle Public Schools' Option Schools and more.

Note: Please use Adobe Acrobat for online forms. Forms may not work properly with Safari browser. For students new to Seattle Public Schools, Enrollment Services is in the process of emailing and, for those without email, sending student ID numbers for our newly enrolled students.

Feb. 23, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

District seeks input on new website

New changes are coming for the Seattle Public Schools website, and we’d like your input. Over the course of the next several months, the district will be transitioning to new software that runs the website and teacher/class pages. Subsequently, we will be redesigning the sites to better serve our families, staff and communities. These changes will not affect The Source.

To share your experience, recommendations and insight for a new website, including all school websites and teacher/classroom pages, we welcome you to take a few minutes to complete our quick survey at (also available in Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.) The survey is open until March 9, 2015.


Feb. 24, 2015 | Department of Technology Services | Phone: (206) 252-0305

Free SATs, low-cost IB and AP

Next Wednesday, Seattle Public Schools will be administering the SAT to all juniors during a regular school day at no cost. The SAT normally carries a fee of at least $52.50.

The district is offering this free SAT Day to open higher education opportunities to all students. More info here.

AP and IB: The Test Fee Reduction Program for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge Capstone program exams, gives students from low-income families a significant break on fees for taking these tests. This year's fee of $12 per exam is down by one-third from last year and applies to an unlimited number of AP exams. More information at 

Feb. 19, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

With “Planting the Seed,” TOPS eighth-graders learn about homelessness – and about themselves

students serving lunchDuring one week in February, eighth-graders from TOPS K-8 work with and for people experiencing homelessness and others in need. They sort fresh vegetables into bags at the Rainier Valley Food Bank. They serve coffee and doughnuts at the St. Francis House. They prepare food for and serve residents of the Compass Center. They make meals-to-go for Operation Sack Lunch.

This was the eighth year of the Planting the Seeds service-learning experience at TOPS. Planting the Seeds was created by Lori Eickelberg, who teaches seventh- and eighth-grade Language Arts.

Beyond helping those in need, Eickelberg wanted to give eighth-graders a chance to stretch in their relationship with peers, become more acquainted with the city and, in the words of the TOPS Mission Statement, “to understand and honor diversity, to respect and care for themselves and others, to be responsible.”


Feb. 19, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Our Excellent Guidance Counselors

The counseling teams at Madison and Denny middle schools each received a Career Guidance Award of Excellence 2015 from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The award recognizes middle and high schools that operate highly effective, inclusive guidance and counseling programs. Congratulations!

chart of Denny and Madison career guidance data

Feb. 19, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

New Thornton Creek School building construction update

Seattle Public Schools is moving forward with its plan to build the new Thornton Creek School at the site of the existing Stephen Decatur campus to house Thornton Creek K-5 students and staff.

The new school will be approximately 92,500 square feet and will accommodate up to 660 students. Construction is expected to start in summer 2015, and the new school building is scheduled to open in fall 2016.


Feb. 18, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Physical Education for every student

No student should be left out of physical education. In this video, learn about the great things they're doing in the Adapted P.E. Program at Green Lake Elementary to make P.E. accessible for students with disabilities. Get ready to be inspired.

Feb. 18, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Share your ideas at our Technology Vision Town Halls

Seattle Public Schools wants to give everyone an opportunity to provide feedback and input into the district's Technology Vision process. To accomplish this we are scheduling five "Town Hall" meetings around the District. One in each of the five major regions. The schedule is as follows: 

  • NORTHEAST REGION: Monday, Feb. 23 at Eckstein Middle School cafeteria
  • CENTRAL REGION: Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Washington Middle School cafeteria
  • SOUTHEAST REGION: Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Rainier Beach High School cafeteria
  • NORTHWEST REGION: Thursday, Feb. 26 at Ingraham High School cafeteria
  • WEST SEATTLE REGION: Monday March 2 at West Seattle High School cafeteria


Feb. 11, 2015 | Department of Technology Services | Phone: (206) 252-0305

New Arbor Heights Elementary being constructed

Drawing of New Arbor Heights SchoolSeattle Public Schools is moving forward with plans for a new building at the Arbor Heights Elementary School site to welcome K-5 students to an Environmental Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (E-STEM) program. The new school is scheduled to open for the 2016-17 school year.

The new school will be approximately 89,000 square feet and accommodate 660 students. It will house four small learning communities that include individual classrooms surrounding an open-shared learning area and an Idea Lab.


Feb. 5, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Family and Community Summit Feb. 21: “Parent and Family Engagement Make a World of Difference”

All families and community members are cordially invited to a parent/family and community summit to be held at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence on Saturday, February 21. This daylong summit will explore how we can all come together to improve student academic achievement, our schools and communities. This important event is sponsored by the Seattle Alliance of Black School Educators and the U.S. Department of Education in collaborative partnership with Seattle Public Schools.

Dr. Otha Thornton, Jr., president of the National PTA, will offer the Keynote Address. Speakers, interactive sessions and resources will be available on topics including: parent and family engagement, Common Core Standards, socio-emotional learning, ensuring racial equity in education, culturally relevant teaching, parent advocacy in Special Education Services and students sharing their stories.

The flyer includes additional information. This event, including continental breakfast, is free and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration to this event is not necessary but encouraged for planning purposes.

Jan. 28, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Kindergarten Enrollment Nights continue

Seattle Public Schools' Kindergarten Enrollment Nights continue in January and February. Next up:

  • Thursday, Feb. 12, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Roxhill Elementary, 9430 30th Ave. SW
  • Thursday, Feb. 19, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at West Seattle Elementary, 6760 34th Ave. SW
  • Thursday, Feb 26, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Dunlap Elementary
  • 4525 S. Cloverdale
  • Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Wing Luke Elementary, 3701 S. Kenyon St.
Enrollment forms and a listing of required documents are on the SPS Enrollment Page.

Jan. 7, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

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The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
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tudent 504: Carole Rusimovic, 206-252-0118,
Adult 504: Brent Jones, 206-252-0027,
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The Interim Title IX Coordinator is Barbara Nahouraii: 206-252-0367,
All Other Forms of Discrimination
Student Matters: Larry Dorsey, 206-252-0707,
Adult Matters: Brent Jones, 206-252-0027,
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