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International Education

Overview


Seattle's International Schools provide students with linguistic skills, higher-order thinking skills, and a global perspective that will help them to contribute to, and succeed in, a 21st century world.

International Schools help students engage in intellectually rigorous schoolwork and prepare them for college, career and life. 

International Schools help close both the academic achievement gap as well as the “global achievement gap.”

Download the SPS International Education Brochure (PDF).


Vision for International Education

Our vision is to prepare students, in partnership with families and community, for global citizenship in an increasingly interdependent world.

International Education Graphic


Preparing Global Citizens

  • RCW 28A.150.210: Basic Education - Goals of School Districts
    "A basic education is an evolving program of instruction that is intended to provide students with the opportunity to become responsible and respectful global citizens, to contribute to their economic well-being and that of their families and communities, to explore and understand different perspectives, and to enjoy productive and satisfying lives."
    (emphasis added)

Components of International Education


Global Competence Matrix

21st Century Skills 


 

Current Initiatives


  • Expansion of the International School pathways. We expect to add one more elementary school in the Southwest region and a high school in the Southeast region.
  • Ongoing professional development for principals and staff of International Schools in the components of International Education.
  • Development of the International Schools Leadership Team (ISLT) with representation by teacher leaders from each of the International Schools.
  • Development of model units and resources for Dual Immersion language programs in Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish.
  • Hosting and leadership of the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington.


Upcoming...


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can students from other countries enroll in Seattle Public Schools?
A:  Visit the district Enrollment web page: Enrollment Services: International Services. It is the practice of the Seattle School District to admit as a student any person, regardless of national origin or citizenship, upon documentation that the student or parent/guardian resides within the boundaries of the Seattle School District. The Seattle School District will not provide legal advice to families on immigration related issues. Please see the I-20 document and F1 brochure for the process and requirements to apply for F-1 visa status, and registration information for International Students to attend a Seattle Public High School. For more information, contact Faauu Manu fmmanu@seattleschools.org 206 252-0205. For students seeking to attend school as exchange students on the J-1 visa, see the district policy  and procedure regarding International Student Exchange for more information.

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