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Growth Boundaries

Enrollment growth and BEX IV levy-funded construction result in a need to adjust school attendance area boundaries.

In 2013, the Seattle School Board approved attendance area boundary changes (Growth Boundaries) for many elementary and middle schools. The changes are to be implemented over time, with SPS updating the community and Board about each year's changes. The Future Map shows district-wide elementary and middle school boundaries as they are expected to be in 2020, after all changes are implemented.

The approved elementary, K-8 and middle school boundary maps, geozone maps and transportation area maps for 2015-16 are now posted on the maps page.

Growth Boundaries maps with 2014 counts

"Eligible for Grandfathering" maps show the number of current students in each change area who will be eligible to grandfather at their current school in 2015-16. (These students may also choose to change to their new attendance area school.)
      • Elementary students eligible for grandfathering
      • Middle school students eligible for grandfathering
      • High school students eligible for grandfathering

Elementary, K-8 and middle school boundaries for the 2015-16 school year

Update 12/17/14: The approved elementary, K-8 and middle school boundary maps (including those with changes being implemented in 2015-16), geozone maps and transportation area maps for 2015-16 are now posted on the maps page.

Boundary changes for 2015-16 school year

Update: At the Dec. 3 meeting, the informational update reflecting the changes for 2015-16 was introduced to the Board.
      • Growth Boundaries for Student Assignment Update
      • Presentation

Attendance area boundaries changes at 25 elementary schools and four middle schools will be implemented 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. The Seattle School Board will review the implementation plan for next year in December 2014.

These changes were part of the Growth Boundaries approved last year and are scheduled for implementation in 2015-16.
    • 2015-16 Elementary School Boundaries
    • 2015-16 Middle School Boundaries
    2015-16 High School Boundaries

Maps for each school 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.

Transportation 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 December.

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

You can view maps showing what the boundaries are expected to look like in by the 2010-21 school year, after all the changes are implemented. Future Maps


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