"Educational excellence and equity for every student" is Goal One of our district's Strategic Plan. Our academic program is grounded in standards-based curriculum, with strong, targeted instruction delivered by highly qualified teachers to ensure that every student graduates ready for college, career and life.
Academic Subject Areas
Visit our Mathematics page for more information about math in Seattle Public Schools, including links to online texbooks, math pathways, and more.
English Language Arts
The Seattle Public Schools English Language Arts Scope and Sequence, designed by our language arts educators in 2014 and based on Common Core standards for reading, writing, speaking and listening, provides an overall learning map for teachers. Your child’s classroom teacher can provide more information on these grade-level learning goals. In 2016-17, we are reviewing new materials for English language arts in kindergarten through fifth grade. Visit our ELA K-5 Adoption page for more information.
With support provided by Washington state and the U.S. Department of Education, teachers are learning to implement the recently adopted Next Generation Science Standards. A transition to a scope and sequence aligned to the new standards will begin in spring of 2018. The state will assess students on the news standards beginning in 2018.
New textual materials have been adopted for our middle school social studies program in 2015-16. A committee of educators and community members carefully examined and recommended instructional materials that are aligned to the Washington State Social Studies Standards and college and career readiness expectations. The committee also looked for cultural relevance and accessibility.
Visual and Performing Arts
The Creative Advantage is Seattle Public Schools’ arts plan, with the vision of ensuring every student at every school has the opportunity to learn through the arts, every year. To realize this vision, the Creative Advantage is a public-private partnership that includes Seattle Public Schools, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and The Seattle Foundation. Please check with your neighborhood school to learn about its arts offerings. Learn more about the Creative Advantage arts plan in this video and in this illustrated story.
Physical Education and Health
We offer a quality Physical Education program that builds knowledge, fitness, movement skills, social well-being and confidence so all students can enjoy a healthy active lifestyle. Our Physical Education and Health Literacy program provides all teachers with a detailed PreK-12 Curriculum Guide aligned to standards and best practices.
Career and Technical Education
Seattle Public Schools offers a wide range of programs that provide students with a head start on college and careers in high-skill, high-wage and high-demand occupations. These fall under the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department.
See the CTE web page for more information.
The district offers a variety of world languages, including Chinese, French, Latin, Japanese and Spanish. To learn more about Dual Language Programs in Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish, visit SPS International Education. Students need to earn two high school credits in the same world language in order to apply for admission to a four-year college in our state, and starting with the class of 2021, two credits of world languages will be a graduation requirement in Seattle. In addition to taking middle and high school language classes, students can test their language proficiency and may qualify for World Languages Competency-Based Credits. At high school graduation, students who demonstrate speaking and literacy skills in a language besides English may qualify for the State Seal of Biliteracy.
Textbooks and Instructional Materials
To learn about which textbooks and other instructional materials have been adopted for subject areas and grade levels, please see our Instructional Materials page.
Elementary Progress Report
Our elementary progress report was redesigned in 2014-15 to reflect our College and Career Readiness Standards (Common Core). The purpose of the report is to provide regular and clear communication about your student’s progress. Please see the following resources for more information
Parent overview (video):
Understanding Your Student's Elementary Progress Report
Graduation Requirements and College and Career Readiness
Graduation requirements vary slightly depending on the graduation year of the student. For more information visit our Graduation Bulletin page.
There are many steps students should take to be prepared for college. No matter where a student is in the college admission process, our College and Career Readiness information will help them prepare.