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Growth Boundaries

School attendance area boundaries need to be adjusted to accommodate enrollment growth and BEX IV levy-funded school construction/modernization. In November 2013, the Seattle School Board approved various attendance area boundary changes (Growth Boundaries) for many Seattle elementary and middle schools. High school boundaries will be reviewed in the future. (However, changes to middle school boundaries in West Seattle affect high school boundaries.)

The approved changes will be made over time. Part of our promise is to provide up-to-date information about these changes each year. The Board will vote on implementation of changes for 2015-16 in November/December of 2014.

Boundaries changing for 2015-16

Attendance area boundaries will change at 25 elementary schools and four middle schools for the 2015-16 school year. Middle school changes in the southwest region will also change boundaries for Chief Sealth International and West Seattle high schools.

These changes were part of the Growth Boundaries approved last year. Maps of the new boundaries are posted on the Maps page. These changes will not affect school boundaries for the current school year.

Elementary and K-8 students may choose to stay at their current school (grandfather) until they complete the highest grade at the school (5th grade or 8th grade). Transportation is not provided for grandfathered students.

Middle school and high school students may be offered grandfathering if the school has capacity. Transportation may be provided for students attending a middle school in their service area or linked service area.

More information: Transportation Service Standards (pdf) 
                           Transportation webpages

Families who are in the specific areas where boundaries will change for 2015-16 received a letter from the District. These letters were translated into the main languages of families in those areas.

English Spanish Vietnamese Cantonese Somali

Other 2015-16 implementation

There were several approved amendments to the Growth Boundaries implementation plan during the Board vote in November 2013. Amendment 7 tabled, for one year, any discussion of changing Dearborn Park International school to an option school.

The Board will again look at this potential change as part of the 2015-16 implementation discussions in November.

How to get more information and comment

Community meetings were held in October and November to provide more information and gather feedback.

If you were unable to attend, please send your comments and questions to growthboundaries@seattleschools.org.

Meeting Presentation Meeting Map Packet
(updated Nov. 5, 2014)


A new "eligible for grandfathering" map was shown at some of the community meetings in November. It shows the number of current students in each area that has changes who will be eligible to grandfather at their current school. (These students may also change to their new attendance area school.)

Maps
are posted at each affected elementary school office with the changes shown. You may also download them by clicking on the school name on the Maps page.

Questions and comments may be emailed to: growthboundaries@seattleschools.org. Please include the name of your current school.

Growth Boundaries for future years

The Seattle School Board also approved boundary changes for future years that will be implemented over time as BEX construction projects are completed. Maps on the Future Maps page reflect the boundaries as they are expected to be in 2020, after all changes are implemented.


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