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    Welcome

    This report presents District-wide student demographic and classification data and is designed to provide information for several purposes, including:

    • Baseline data for school-based planning and program monitoring
    • Information for researchers and grant proposal writers
    • Information pertaining to disproportionality and other issues facing Seattle Public Schools
    • General District information for public awareness

    Seattle Public Schools gathers and reports data by ethnic and racial categories, as mandated by the Federal government and the Washington State Office of Public Instruction (OSPI). All students with valid data are included in this report, regardless of special needs or handicapping conditions.

    No statistical tests or inferences are presented. An extensive analysis would be necessary to make statistically supported conclusions about program effects, differences in outcomes for student subgroups, or yearly changes.

    Please use the power of Tableau to select, filter, and gain a deeper understanding of the data. Please send questions or comments to DataReporting@seattleschools.org.

    This report includes: students enrolled in 12 regular high schools, 10 regular middle schools, 11 K-8 schools, 59 elementary schools, and 15 self-contained service schools (including special education programs).

    Enrollment

    This section summarizes the number and percentage of students enrolled in the District by grade level (Elementary K-5, Middle School 6-8 and High School 9-12) and additionally in more detail by race/ethnicity and gender.

    The enrollment figures used in this report are “head counts” of all students in grades Kindergarten to 12 enrolled on the first enrollment day in October of each year. These data are reported to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in the P223 Basic Enrollment Report used for basic apportionment funding. The October 1 enrollment count has traditionally served as the District enrollment baseline. By October 1, most students have arrived at school and student transfers between schools have stabilized. Yearly enrollment projections, used for staffing and funding, are also based in part on the October 1 count.

    Head Start and Preschool students are not counted here. Running Start students, part-time students and half-day kindergarten students are counted the same as other students.

    The overall October 1, 2016 K-12 enrollment was 53,539, an increase of 868 students from October 2015. Overall October 1 K-12 enrollment has increased 2,534 students, or 5 percent, from October 2013 to October 2016.

    The percentage of White students enrolled in the middle and high schools rose by 3.3 and 2.7 percentage points, respectively, between October 2013 and October 2016, but rose by only half that amount (+1.5 percentage points) at the K-5 level. With regard to the other racial/ethnic groups, it is difficult to determine trends across time as more students identify themselves as Multiracial. Curiously, a statistic continues from the previous Data Profiles where both the number and percentage of Black/African American and Asian/Pacific Islander elementary students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools has been comparatively similar since 1994-1995.

    October Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity

    October Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity
    Ethnicity October Year October Enrollment
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2013 8,798
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2014 8,558
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2015 8,244
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2016 8,027
    Black 2013 8,727
    Black 2014 8,565
    Black 2015 8,250
    Black 2016 8,240
    Hispanic 2013 6,491
    Hispanic 2014 6,515
    Hispanic 2015 6,455
    Hispanic 2016 6,530
    Multiracial 2013 3,842
    Multiracial 2014 4,382
    Multiracial 2015 4,851
    Multiracial 2016 5,388
    Native Amer. 2013 419
    Native Amer. 2014 383
    Native Amer. 2015 338
    Native Amer. 2016 342
    White 2013 22,728
    White 2014 23,838
    White 2015 24,533
    White 2016 25,012

    October Percent Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity

    October Percent Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity
    Ethnicity October Year % of Total October Enrollment
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2013 17.2%
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2014 16.4%
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2015 15.7%
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2016 15.0%
    Black 2013 17.1%
    Black 2014 16.4%
    Black 2015 15.7%
    Black 2016 15.4%
    Hispanic 2013 12.7%
    Hispanic 2014 12.5%
    Hispanic 2015 12.3%
    Hispanic 2016 12.2%
    Multiracial 2013 7.5%
    Multiracial 2014 8.4%
    Multiracial 2015 9.2%
    Multiracial 2016 10.1%
    Native Amer. 2013 0.8%
    Native Amer. 2014 0.7%
    Native Amer. 2015 0.6%
    Native Amer. 2016 0.6%
    White 2013 44.6%
    White 2014 45.6%
    White 2015 46.6%
    White 2016 46.7%

    October Enrollment By Grade

    October Enrollment By Grade
    Enrollment Grade Level October Year Free & Reduced Lunch Percent Free & Reduced Lunch
    Total 2013 39% 19,863
    Total 2014 37% 19,495
    Total 2015 37% 19,660
    Total 2016 36% 19,480
    K-5 2013 37% 10,006
    K-5 2014 35% 9,733
    K-5 2015 35% 9,627
    K-5 2016 34% 9,350
    6-8 2013 41% 4,266
    6-8 2014 39% 4,156
    6-8 2015 39% 4,237
    6-8 2016 38% 4,295
    9-12 2013 41% 5,591
    9-12 2014 40% 5,606
    9-12 2015 41% 5,796
    9-12 2016 40% 5,835

    October Percent Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity And Gender

    October Percent Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity And Gender
    Ethnicity Gender October Year % of Total October Enrollment
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2013 8.7%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2014 8.1%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2015 7.8%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2016 7.5%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2013 8.6%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2014 8.2%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2015 7.8%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2016 7.5%
    Black Female 2013 8.4%
    Black Female 2014 8.1%
    Black Female 2015 7.7%
    Black Female 2016 7.6%
    Black Male 2013 8.7%
    Black Male 2014 8.3%
    Black Male 2015 8.0%
    Black Male 2016 7.8%
    Hispanic Female 2013 6.2%
    Hispanic Female 2014 6.0%
    Hispanic Female 2015 5.8%
    Hispanic Female 2016 5.7%
    Hispanic Male 2013 6.6%
    Hispanic Male 2014 6.5%
    Hispanic Male 2015 6.4%
    Hispanic Male 2016 6.5%
    Multiracial Female 2013 3.8%
    Multiracial Female 2014 4.2%
    Multiracial Female 2015 4.6%
    Multiracial Female 2016 5.0%
    Multiracial Male 2013 3.7%
    Multiracial Male 2014 4.2%
    Multiracial Male 2015 4.6%
    Multiracial Male 2016 5.0%
    Native Amer. Female 2013 0.4%
    Native Amer. Female 2014 0.4%
    Native Amer. Female 2015 0.3%
    Native Amer. Female 2016 0.3%
    Native Amer. Male 2013 0.4%
    Native Amer. Male 2014 0.4%
    Native Amer. Male 2015 0.3%
    Native Amer. Male 2016 0.3%
    White Female 2013 21.4%
    White Female 2014 21.9%
    White Female 2015 22.5%
    White Female 2016 22.7%
    White Male 2013 23.2%
    White Male 2014 23.7%
    White Male 2015 24.1%
    White Male 2016 24.1%

    October Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity And Gender

    October Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity And Gender
    Ethnicity Gender October Year October Enrollment
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2013 4,412
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2014 4,255
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2015 4,112
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2016 4,038
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2013 4,386
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2014 4,303
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2015 4,132
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2016 3,989
    Black Female 2013 4,293
    Black Female 2014 4,229
    Black Female 2015 4,052
    Black Female 2016 4,045
    Black Male 2013 4,434
    Black Male 2014 4,336
    Black Male 2015 4,198
    Black Male 2016 4,195
    Hispanic Female 2013 3,150
    Hispanic Female 2014 3,115
    Hispanic Female 2015 3,061
    Hispanic Female 2016 3,051
    Hispanic Male 2013 3,341
    Hispanic Male 2014 3,400
    Hispanic Male 2015 3,394
    Hispanic Male 2016 3,479
    Multiracial Female 2013 1,947
    Multiracial Female 2014 2,206
    Multiracial Female 2015 2,443
    Multiracial Female 2016 2,694
    Multiracial Male 2013 1,895
    Multiracial Male 2014 2,176
    Multiracial Male 2015 2,408
    Multiracial Male 2016 2,694
    Native Amer. Female 2013 193
    Native Amer. Female 2014 190
    Native Amer. Female 2015 163
    Native Amer. Female 2016 159
    Native Amer. Male 2013 226
    Native Amer. Male 2014 193
    Native Amer. Male 2015 175
    Native Amer. Male 2016 183
    White Female 2013 10,906
    White Female 2014 11,465
    White Female 2015 11,849
    White Female 2016 12,131
    White Male 2013 11,822
    White Male 2014 12,373
    White Male 2015 12,684
    White Male 2016 12,881

    Special Education

    The Special Education office gathers and maintains Special Education data on the central computer data system. When a student is referred to Special Education, a record is created indicating that this student has needs that are a focus of concern. After assessment, if the student is found to be eligible for Special Education services, the Special Education staff develops an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) for the student. This plan forms the basis for most Special Education data collection. The disability codes and data from the IEP are entered into a computer file, and the file is updated continuously as students’ progress through Special Education programs and are reassessed. Special Education enrollment counts are reported monthly to OSPI (the P223H), but unlike the P223 Basic Enrollment report, these data includes preschool handicapped students.

    The data summarized in this section are based on June 1 Special Education enrollment counts from Preschool through 12th grade. The overall enrollment figures used to determine percentages are also taken from June data files, and differ from the October enrollment used for other purposes in that Preschool students enrolled in the District are included in the data.

    Overall, 13.5 percent of the students in the District were enrolled in Special Education in June 2016. Within racial/ethnic groups, Special Education students range from 30.8% of all Native American students to 9.4% of all Asian/Pacific Islander students.

    According to the trend data across the major categories, and continuing what was reported in previous Data Profiles, Native American students have exceeded African American students with the highest rate of eligibility for Special Education programs since 1995-1996. The Hispanic race group exceeds the White ethnic group on intermediate rates of eligibility. Asian/Pacific Islander students continue to show lower rates of eligibility.

    June Special Education Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity

    June Special Education Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity
    Ethnicity June Year Special Education Enrollment
    White 2013 2,994
    White 2014 3,033
    White 2015 3,040
    White 2016 3,139
    Black 2013 1,672
    Black 2014 1,605
    Black 2015 1,476
    Black 2016 1,394
    Hispanic 2013 1,284
    Hispanic 2014 1,226
    Hispanic 2015 1,213
    Hispanic 2016 1,246
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2013 898
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2014 839
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2015 775
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2016 743
    Multiracial 2013 465
    Multiracial 2014 525
    Multiracial 2015 575
    Multiracial 2016 640
    Native Amer. 2013 139
    Native Amer. 2014 122
    Native Amer. 2015 114
    Native Amer. 2016 109

    June Percent Of Special Education Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity

    June Percent Of Special Education Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity
    Ethnicity June Year Special Education Percent
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2013 10%
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2014 9%
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2015 9%
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2016 9%
    Black 2013 19%
    Black 2014 18%
    Black 2015 17%
    Black 2016 16%
    Hispanic 2013 20%
    Hispanic 2014 18%
    Hispanic 2015 18%
    Hispanic 2016 19%
    Multiracial 2013 14%
    Multiracial 2014 13%
    Multiracial 2015 13%
    Multiracial 2016 13%
    Native Amer. 2013 30%
    Native Amer. 2014 30%
    Native Amer. 2015 30%
    Native Amer. 2016 31%
    White 2013 13%
    White 2014 13%
    White 2015 13%
    White 2016 13%

    June Percent Of Special Education Enrollment By Grade

    June Percent Of Special Education Enrollment By Grade
    Grade Level Grades June Year Special Education Percent Special Education Enrollment
    PK-5 Elementary PK-5 2013 15% 4,239
    PK-5 Elementary PK-5 2014 15% 4,256
    PK-5 Elementary PK-5 2015 15% 4,206
    PK-5 Elementary PK-5 2016 15% 4,302
    6-8 Middle School 6-8 2013 15% 1,549
    6-8 Middle School 6-8 2014 14% 1,402
    6-8 Middle School 6-8 2015 13% 1,368
    6-8 Middle School 6-8 2016 12% 1,316
    9-12 High School 9-12 2013 13% 1,664
    9-12 High School 9-12 2014 13% 1,692
    9-12 High School 9-12 2015 12% 1,619
    9-12 High School 9-12 2016 12% 1,653
    Total 2013 15% 7,452
    Total 2014 14% 7,350
    Total 2015 14% 7,193
    Total 2016 14% 7,271

    June Percent Special Education Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity And Gender

    June Percent Special Education Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity And Gender
    Ethnicity Gender June Year Special Education Percent
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2013 6%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2014 6%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2015 6%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2016 6%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2013 13%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2014 12%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2015 12%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2016 12%
    Black Female 2013 13%
    Black Female 2014 12%
    Black Female 2015 12%
    Black Female 2016 12%
    Black Male 2013 24%
    Black Male 2014 23%
    Black Male 2015 21%
    Black Male 2016 21%
    Hispanic Female 2013 14%
    Hispanic Female 2014 14%
    Hispanic Female 2015 13%
    Hispanic Female 2016 13%
    Hispanic Male 2013 24%
    Hispanic Male 2014 23%
    Hispanic Male 2015 23%
    Hispanic Male 2016 23%
    Multiracial Female 2013 9%
    Multiracial Female 2014 9%
    Multiracial Female 2015 9%
    Multiracial Female 2016 9%
    Multiracial Male 2013 18%
    Multiracial Male 2014 18%
    Multiracial Male 2015 16%
    Multiracial Male 2016 16%
    Native Amer. Female 2013 20%
    Native Amer. Female 2014 22%
    Native Amer. Female 2015 21%
    Native Amer. Female 2016 20%
    Native Amer. Male 2013 38%
    Native Amer. Male 2014 38%
    Native Amer. Male 2015 39%
    Native Amer. Male 2016 40%
    White Female 2013 9%
    White Female 2014 8%
    White Female 2015 8%
    White Female 2016 8%
    White Male 2013 18%
    White Male 2014 17%
    White Male 2015 17%
    White Male 2016 17%

    June Special Education Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity And Gender

    June Special Education Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity And Gender
    Ethnicity Gender June Year Special Education Enrollment
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2013 291
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2014 284
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2015 259
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2016 239
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2013 607
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2014 555
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2015 516
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2016 504
    Black Female 2013 555
    Black Female 2014 541
    Black Female 2015 513
    Black Female 2016 496
    Black Male 2013 1,117
    Black Male 2014 1,064
    Black Male 2015 963
    Black Male 2016 898
    Hispanic Female 2013 459
    Hispanic Female 2014 439
    Hispanic Female 2015 419
    Hispanic Female 2016 419
    Hispanic Male 2013 825
    Hispanic Male 2014 787
    Hispanic Male 2015 794
    Hispanic Male 2016 827
    Multiracial Female 2013 156
    Multiracial Female 2014 184
    Multiracial Female 2015 205
    Multiracial Female 2016 232
    Multiracial Male 2013 309
    Multiracial Male 2014 341
    Multiracial Male 2015 370
    Multiracial Male 2016 408
    Native Amer. Female 2013 44
    Native Amer. Female 2014 41
    Native Amer. Female 2015 39
    Native Amer. Female 2016 33
    Native Amer. Male 2013 95
    Native Amer. Male 2014 81
    Native Amer. Male 2015 75
    Native Amer. Male 2016 76
    White Female 2013 920
    White Female 2014 940
    White Female 2015 947
    White Female 2016 964
    White Male 2013 2,074
    White Male 2014 2,093
    White Male 2015 2,093
    White Male 2016 2,175

    Bilingual

    During registration for Seattle Public Schools, each student’s primary and home languages are determined, and an assessment of the student’s English fluency compared to their primary language is conducted. When a parent indicates that the student understands or speaks the primary language more fluently than or equally fluent to the English language, the student is tested to determine English fluency. The Bilingual Education Office maintains these data to help determine whether students with limited English proficiency are then eligible to receive bilingual services. These eligibility data are updated annually with information obtained through standardized test results administered each Spring to each student eligible for bilingual services, regardless of whether or not the student has been receiving bilingual services. The information presented here is taken from June 1 computer files instead of October 1 computer files because bilingual enrollment typically increases over the school year, unlike overall enrollment, which tends to decrease over the school year.

    The majority of bilingual students in the Seattle Public Schools are of the Hispanic race and the African American/Asian and Pacific Islander ethnicities. As of June 2016, 6,695, or 12.4% of the PK-12 student population, were receiving bilingual services. The percentage of bilingual students in the Seattle Public Schools has been comparatively similar for the last four years. The relative percentage of bilingual students in the District vary from 15.4% of the elementary population to 8.6% of the high school population on June 2016.

    The ‘spike’ in the number and percentage of Native American students receiving bilingual services between June 2014 and June 2015 is related to the implementation of Title III Native American English Language Development services, which started in September 2014.

    June Bilingual Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity

    June Bilingual Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity
    Ethnicity June Year Bilingual Percent Bilingual Eligible
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2013 23% 2,106
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2014 22% 1,976
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2015 24% 2,081
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2016 24% 2,031
    Black 2013 21% 1,865
    Black 2014 22% 1,956
    Black 2015 24% 2,091
    Black 2016 24% 2,081
    Hispanic 2013 27% 1,741
    Hispanic 2014 27% 1,813
    Hispanic 2015 28% 1,902
    Hispanic 2016 31% 2,084
    Multiracial 2013 1% 34
    Multiracial 2014 1% 31
    Multiracial 2015 2% 76
    Multiracial 2016 2% 120
    Native Amer. 2013 1% 5
    Native Amer. 2014 1% 3
    Native Amer. 2015 26% 97
    Native Amer. 2016 22% 78
    White 2013 1% 151
    White 2014 1% 212
    White 2015 1% 272
    White 2016 1% 301

    June Percent Of Bilingual By Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity

    June Percent Of Bilingual By Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity
    Ethnicity June Year Bilingual Percent
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2013 23%
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2014 22%
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2015 24%
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2016 24%
    Black 2013 21%
    Black 2014 22%
    Black 2015 24%
    Black 2016 24%
    Hispanic 2013 27%
    Hispanic 2014 27%
    Hispanic 2015 28%
    Hispanic 2016 31%
    Multiracial 2013 1%
    Multiracial 2014 1%
    Multiracial 2015 2%
    Multiracial 2016 2%
    Native Amer. 2013 1%
    Native Amer. 2014 1%
    Native Amer. 2015 26%
    Native Amer. 2016 22%
    White 2013 1%
    White 2014 1%
    White 2015 1%
    White 2016 1%

    June Percent Bilingual By Grade

    June Percent Bilingual By Grade
    Grade Level Grades June Year Bilingual Percent Bilingual Eligible
    PK-5 Elementary PK-5 2013 14% 3,855
    PK-5 Elementary PK-5 2014 14% 3,926
    PK-5 Elementary PK-5 2015 15% 4,278
    PK-5 Elementary PK-5 2016 15% 4,480
    6-8 Middle School 6-8 2013 8% 848
    6-8 Middle School 6-8 2014 8% 876
    6-8 Middle School 6-8 2015 10% 1,017
    6-8 Middle School 6-8 2016 9% 1,025
    9-12 High School 9-12 2013 9% 1,199
    9-12 High School 9-12 2014 9% 1,189
    9-12 High School 9-12 2015 9% 1,224
    9-12 High School 9-12 2016 9% 1,190
    Total 2013 12% 5,902
    Total 2014 11% 5,991
    Total 2015 12% 6,519
    Total 2016 12% 6,695

    June Percent Bilingual Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity And Gender

    June Percent Bilingual Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity And Gender
    Ethnicity Gender June Year Bilingual Percent
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2013 20%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2014 20%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2015 22%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2016 22%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2013 25%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2014 24%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2015 26%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2016 26%
    Black Female 2013 20%
    Black Female 2014 21%
    Black Female 2015 23%
    Black Female 2016 24%
    Black Male 2013 21%
    Black Male 2014 22%
    Black Male 2015 24%
    Black Male 2016 25%
    Hispanic Female 2013 24%
    Hispanic Female 2014 25%
    Hispanic Female 2015 27%
    Hispanic Female 2016 29%
    Hispanic Male 2013 29%
    Hispanic Male 2014 29%
    Hispanic Male 2015 30%
    Hispanic Male 2016 33%
    Multiracial Female 2013 1%
    Multiracial Female 2014 0%
    Multiracial Female 2015 2%
    Multiracial Female 2016 2%
    Multiracial Male 2013 1%
    Multiracial Male 2014 1%
    Multiracial Male 2015 2%
    Multiracial Male 2016 3%
    Native Amer. Female 2013 0%
    Native Amer. Female 2014 1%
    Native Amer. Female 2015 18%
    Native Amer. Female 2016 17%
    Native Amer. Male 2013 2%
    Native Amer. Male 2014 1%
    Native Amer. Male 2015 33%
    Native Amer. Male 2016 26%
    White Female 2013 1%
    White Female 2014 1%
    White Female 2015 1%
    White Female 2016 1%
    White Male 2013 1%
    White Male 2014 1%
    White Male 2015 1%
    White Male 2016 1%

    June Bilingual Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity And Gender

    June Bilingual Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity And Gender
    Ethnicity Gender June Year Bilingual Eligible October Enrollment
    White Female 2013 68
    White Female 2014 82 10,906
    White Female 2015 110 11,465
    White Female 2016 139 11,849
    White Male 2013 83
    White Male 2014 130 11,822
    White Male 2015 162 12,373
    White Male 2016 162 12,684
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2013 916
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2014 891 4,412
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2015 953 4,255
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2016 922 4,112
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2013 1,190
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2014 1,085 4,386
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2015 1,128 4,303
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2016 1,109 4,132
    Black Female 2013 889
    Black Female 2014 942 4,293
    Black Female 2015 1,009 4,229
    Black Female 2016 1,009 4,052
    Black Male 2013 976
    Black Male 2014 1,014 4,434
    Black Male 2015 1,082 4,336
    Black Male 2016 1,072 4,198
    Hispanic Female 2013 776
    Hispanic Female 2014 801 3,150
    Hispanic Female 2015 846 3,115
    Hispanic Female 2016 923 3,061
    Hispanic Male 2013 965
    Hispanic Male 2014 1,012 3,341
    Hispanic Male 2015 1,056 3,400
    Hispanic Male 2016 1,161 3,394
    Multiracial Female 2013 9
    Multiracial Female 2014 9 1,947
    Multiracial Female 2015 37 2,206
    Multiracial Female 2016 55 2,443
    Multiracial Male 2013 25
    Multiracial Male 2014 22 1,895
    Multiracial Male 2015 39 2,176
    Multiracial Male 2016 65 2,408
    Native Amer. Female 2013 0
    Native Amer. Female 2014 1 193
    Native Amer. Female 2015 34 190
    Native Amer. Female 2016 29 163
    Native Amer. Male 2013 5
    Native Amer. Male 2014 2 226
    Native Amer. Male 2015 63 193
    Native Amer. Male 2016 49 175

    Advanced Learning

    These figures show the number of students eligible for enrollment in the Accelerated Progress/Highly Capable Program (APP/HC), Spectrum, or the Advanced Learning Opportunities (ALO) program. Each fall, students who have been nominated by parents, teachers, or others to determine advanced learning program eligibility participate in tests of cognitive ability and reading and math achievement on nationally- or state-normed standardized tests. A multidisciplinary selection committee then determines which nominees are academically highly gifted (AHG: 98th percentile rank in cognitive ability and 95th plus in reading and math), academically gifted (AG: 87th percentile rank in cognitive ability and reading and math achievement), or not eligible. The APP/HC curriculum is typically two-grades-advanced compared to same-age peers, and the Spectrum program features one-grade-level-accelerated curriculum. A third tier of programs, Advanced Learning Opportunities, serves AHG and AG eligible students, as well as teacher-recommended students, in neighborhood ALO-certified schools that have developed plans to differentiate for the needs of advanced learners within the general education classroom. Note that the number of students reported here includes AHG and AG students who are eligible for, but not necessarily attending, an APP, HC, Spectrum or ALO program. These data are also taken from June 1 as students eligible for these programs tend to increase over the school year.

    In June 2016, 8,716, or 16.2% of the PK-12 enrollment, were eligible for Advanced Learning services. This is an increase of 1,422 students (+19.5%) from the 7,294 students who tested eligible for Advanced Learning in June 2015. This growth occurred predominantly from the restructuring and democratization of Advanced Learning programs from select schools to more distributed programs in many more schools across the District, increased opportunities for students to test into the Advanced Learning program, and counting students as eligible for Advanced Learning over multiple school years. The percentage of students eligible for Advanced Learning ranged from 26.5% of Middle School students in grades 6-8 to 12.0% of all High School students in grades 9-12 on June 1, 2016.

    June Advanced Learning Eligiblility By Race/Ethnicity

    June Advanced Learning Eligiblility By Race/Ethnicity
    Ethnicity June Year Advanced Learning Eligible
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2013 919
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2014 909
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2015 940
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2016 1,106
    Black 2013 187
    Black 2014 189
    Black 2015 185
    Black 2016 211
    Hispanic 2013 259
    Hispanic 2014 286
    Hispanic 2015 329
    Hispanic 2016 405
    Multiracial 2013 465
    Multiracial 2014 546
    Multiracial 2015 694
    Multiracial 2016 923
    Native Amer. 2013 25
    Native Amer. 2014 20
    Native Amer. 2015 20
    Native Amer. 2016 17
    White 2013 4,386
    White 2014 4,716
    White 2015 5,126
    White 2016 6,054

    June Percent Advanced Learning Eligiblility By Race/Ethnicity

    June Percent Advanced Learning Eligiblility By Race/Ethnicity
    Ethnicity June Year Advanced Learning Percent
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2013 10%
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2014 10%
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2015 11%
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2016 13%
    Black 2013 2%
    Black 2014 2%
    Black 2015 2%
    Black 2016 2%
    Hispanic 2013 4%
    Hispanic 2014 4%
    Hispanic 2015 5%
    Hispanic 2016 6%
    Multiracial 2013 14%
    Multiracial 2014 14%
    Multiracial 2015 15%
    Multiracial 2016 18%
    Native Amer. 2013 5%
    Native Amer. 2014 5%
    Native Amer. 2015 5%
    Native Amer. 2016 5%
    White 2013 20%
    White 2014 20%
    White 2015 21%
    White 2016 24%

    June Advanced Learning Eligiblility By Grade

    June Advanced Learning Eligiblility By Grade
    Grade Level Grades June Year Advanced Learning Percent Advanced Learning Eligible
    Total 2013 12% 6,241
    Total 2014 13% 6,666
    Total 2015 14% 7,294
    Total 2016 16% 8,716
    PK-5 Elementary PK-5 2013 12% 3,377
    PK-5 Elementary PK-5 2014 13% 3,547
    PK-5 Elementary PK-5 2015 13% 3,667
    PK-5 Elementary PK-5 2016 14% 4,218
    6-8 Middle School 6-8 2013 20% 2,068
    6-8 Middle School 6-8 2014 22% 2,227
    6-8 Middle School 6-8 2015 23% 2,480
    6-8 Middle School 6-8 2016 26% 2,843
    9-12 High School 9-12 2013 6% 796
    9-12 High School 9-12 2014 7% 892
    9-12 High School 9-12 2015 8% 1,147
    9-12 High School 9-12 2016 12% 1,655

    June Percent Advanced Learning Eligiblility By Race/Ethnicity And Gender

    June Percent Advanced Learning Eligiblility By Race/Ethnicity And Gender
    Ethnicity Gender June Year Advanced Learning Percent
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2013 10%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2014 11%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2015 12%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2016 14%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2013 9%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2014 9%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2015 10%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2016 12%
    Black Female 2013 2%
    Black Female 2014 2%
    Black Female 2015 2%
    Black Female 2016 2%
    Black Male 2013 2%
    Black Male 2014 2%
    Black Male 2015 2%
    Black Male 2016 2%
    Hispanic Female 2013 4%
    Hispanic Female 2014 4%
    Hispanic Female 2015 5%
    Hispanic Female 2016 6%
    Hispanic Male 2013 4%
    Hispanic Male 2014 4%
    Hispanic Male 2015 5%
    Hispanic Male 2016 6%
    Multiracial Female 2013 13%
    Multiracial Female 2014 14%
    Multiracial Female 2015 15%
    Multiracial Female 2016 18%
    Multiracial Male 2013 14%
    Multiracial Male 2014 14%
    Multiracial Male 2015 15%
    Multiracial Male 2016 18%
    Native Amer. Female 2013 6%
    Native Amer. Female 2014 4%
    Native Amer. Female 2015 5%
    Native Amer. Female 2016 5%
    Native Amer. Male 2013 5%
    Native Amer. Male 2014 6%
    Native Amer. Male 2015 5%
    Native Amer. Male 2016 5%
    White Female 2013 20%
    White Female 2014 21%
    White Female 2015 21%
    White Female 2016 25%
    White Male 2013 20%
    White Male 2014 20%
    White Male 2015 21%
    White Male 2016 24%

    June Advanced Learning Eligiblility By Race/Ethnicity And Gender

    June Advanced Learning Eligiblility By Race/Ethnicity And Gender
    Ethnicity Gender June Year Advanced Learning Eligible
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2013 477
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2014 485
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2015 499
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2016 585
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2013 442
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2014 424
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2015 441
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2016 521
    Black Female 2013 88
    Black Female 2014 95
    Black Female 2015 92
    Black Female 2016 104
    Black Male 2013 99
    Black Male 2014 94
    Black Male 2015 93
    Black Male 2016 107
    Hispanic Female 2013 133
    Hispanic Female 2014 142
    Hispanic Female 2015 172
    Hispanic Female 2016 192
    Hispanic Male 2013 126
    Hispanic Male 2014 144
    Hispanic Male 2015 157
    Hispanic Male 2016 213
    Multiracial Female 2013 229
    Multiracial Female 2014 275
    Multiracial Female 2015 342
    Multiracial Female 2016 458
    Multiracial Male 2013 236
    Multiracial Male 2014 271
    Multiracial Male 2015 352
    Multiracial Male 2016 465
    Native Amer. Female 2013 13
    Native Amer. Female 2014 8
    Native Amer. Female 2015 10
    Native Amer. Female 2016 8
    Native Amer. Male 2013 12
    Native Amer. Male 2014 12
    Native Amer. Male 2015 10
    Native Amer. Male 2016 9
    White Female 2013 2,101
    White Female 2014 2,293
    White Female 2015 2,473
    White Female 2016 2,933
    White Male 2013 2,285
    White Male 2014 2,423
    White Male 2015 2,653
    White Male 2016 3,121

    Free & Reduced Lunch

    Students are eligible for free- or reduced-price lunches based on family income criteria established by the federal government, mainly the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The specific income requirements depend upon the size of the family and are generally adjusted each year.

    There are two ways in which eligibility for free- or reduced-price lunches are determined.

    In one method, parents complete applications for free or reduced-price lunches. Child Nutrition Services (CNS) reviews these applications, determines eligibility, and regularly updates a central computer file to indicate students eligible for free- or reduced-price lunches.

    The second method directly certifies families as eligible for free- or reduced-price lunch based on family income information collected by the Washington State Department of Social and Human Services. After matching student names and birth dates, eligibility is determined, returned to Seattle Public Schools and entered in the Child Nutrition Services database.

    The free and reduced-price lunch data are used

    a) to indicate to lunchroom managers that a child should receive free or reduced price lunches (and in some cases breakfasts);

    b) to determine if a student may qualify for additional benefits or discounts as a result of being eligible for free- or reduced-price lunches, such as for college application fees, scholarships, athletic or event fees, Advanced Placement test fees, or medical and dental costs, for example;

    c) to provide summary statistics that indicate the relative income of school populations, groups of students, or areas of the city; and

    d) to determine whether a school, based on summary statistics for the school, is eligible for Title 1 or Learning Assistance Program (LAP) funds.

    All elementary schools with 55% or more students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, and schools in any grade with 75% or more students receiving free or reduced-price lunch receive federal Title 1 funding. Title 1 funding provides supple- mental instruction in literacy and math, funds for parent involvement activities, and opportunities for professional development for staff.

    The following data show that a disproportionately higher percent of minority students are from low-income families. Increasing enrollment since 2013-2014 has slightly lowered the overall percentage of students eligible for free- or reduced-price lunches (FRL) from 38.9% in 2013-2014 to 36.4% in 2016-2017, a 2.5 percentage point decrease over the four years shown.

    At the high school level, while the number of students eligible for FRL rose by 244 from October 2013 to October 2016, the proportion of high school students eligible for FRL fell 1.7 percentage points from 41.2% in 2013 to 40.5% in 2016. The number of middle school students eligible for FRL also rose by 29 students but dropped as a percentage from 40.8% to 38.1% (-2.7 percentage points) from 2013 to 2016. Elementary school student participation in FRL dropped both in number (-656 students) and as a percentage of enrollment (37.1% in 2013 vs. 33.6% in 2016, a 3.5 percentage point decrease) during the four years shown. The percentage of elementary students eligible for FRL has slowly dropped from a high of 44.0% in October 1999 to the low of 33.6% reported here for October 2016.

    October Free & Reduced Lunch By Race/Ethnicity

    October Free & Reduced Lunch By Race/Ethnicity
    Ethnicity October Year Free & Reduced Lunch Enrollment
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2013 4,744
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2014 4,466
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2015 4,368
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2016 4,208
    Black 2013 7,031
    Black 2014 6,943
    Black 2015 6,846
    Black 2016 6,924
    Hispanic 2013 4,157
    Hispanic 2014 4,063
    Hispanic 2015 4,207
    Hispanic 2016 4,211
    Multiracial 2013 1,142
    Multiracial 2014 1,272
    Multiracial 2015 1,368
    Multiracial 2016 1,498
    Native Amer. 2013 273
    Native Amer. 2014 247
    Native Amer. 2015 236
    Native Amer. 2016 236
    White 2013 2,516
    White 2014 2,504
    White 2015 2,635
    White 2016 2,403

    October Percent Free & Reduced Lunch By Race/Ethnicity

    October Percent Free & Reduced Lunch By Race/Ethnicity
    Ethnicity OctoberYear Free & Reduced Lunch Percent
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2013 54%
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2014 52%
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2015 53%
    Asian/Pac Isl. 2016 52%
    Black 2013 81%
    Black 2014 81%
    Black 2015 83%
    Black 2016 84%
    Hispanic 2013 64%
    Hispanic 2014 62%
    Hispanic 2015 65%
    Hispanic 2016 64%
    Multiracial 2013 30%
    Multiracial 2014 29%
    Multiracial 2015 28%
    Multiracial 2016 28%
    Native Amer. 2013 65%
    Native Amer. 2014 64%
    Native Amer. 2015 70%
    Native Amer. 2016 69%
    White 2013 11%
    White 2014 11%
    White 2015 11%
    White 2016 10%

    October Free & Reduced Lunch By Grade

    October Free & Reduced Lunch By Grade
    Enrollment Grade Level October Year Free & Reduced Lunch Percent
    Total 2013 39%
    Total 2014 37%
    Total 2015 37%
    Total 2016 36%
    K-5 2013 37%
    K-5 2014 35%
    K-5 2015 35%
    K-5 2016 34%
    6-8 2013 41%
    6-8 2014 39%
    6-8 2015 39%
    6-8 2016 38%
    9-12 2013 41%
    9-12 2014 40%
    9-12 2015 41%
    9-12 2016 40%

    October Percent Free & Reduced Lunch By Race/Ethnicity And Gender

    October Percent Free & Reduced Lunch By Race/Ethnicity And Gender
    Ethnicity Gender October Year Free & Reduced Lunch Percent
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2013 52%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2014 51%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2015 52%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2016 52%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2013 56%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2014 54%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2015 54%
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2016 53%
    Black Female 2013 81%
    Black Female 2014 81%
    Black Female 2015 83%
    Black Female 2016 84%
    Black Male 2013 80%
    Black Male 2014 81%
    Black Male 2015 83%
    Black Male 2016 84%
    Hispanic Female 2013 63%
    Hispanic Female 2014 61%
    Hispanic Female 2015 64%
    Hispanic Female 2016 64%
    Hispanic Male 2013 65%
    Hispanic Male 2014 63%
    Hispanic Male 2015 66%
    Hispanic Male 2016 65%
    Multiracial Female 2013 31%
    Multiracial Female 2014 31%
    Multiracial Female 2015 29%
    Multiracial Female 2016 28%
    Multiracial Male 2013 28%
    Multiracial Male 2014 27%
    Multiracial Male 2015 27%
    Multiracial Male 2016 27%
    Native Amer. Female 2013 59%
    Native Amer. Female 2014 59%
    Native Amer. Female 2015 67%
    Native Amer. Female 2016 67%
    Native Amer. Male 2013 70%
    Native Amer. Male 2014 70%
    Native Amer. Male 2015 72%
    Native Amer. Male 2016 70%
    White Female 2013 11%
    White Female 2014 10%
    White Female 2015 10%
    White Female 2016 9%
    White Male 2013 11%
    White Male 2014 11%
    White Male 2015 11%
    White Male 2016 10%

    October Free & Reduced Lunch By Race/Ethnicity And Gender

    October Free & Reduced Lunch By Race/Ethnicity And Gender
    Ethnicity Gender October Year Free & Reduced Lunch
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2013 2,297
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2014 2,161
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2015 2,128
    Asian/Pac Isl. Female 2016 2,083
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2013 2,447
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2014 2,305
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2015 2,240
    Asian/Pac Isl. Male 2016 2,125
    Black Female 2013 3,474
    Black Female 2014 3,429
    Black Female 2015 3,370
    Black Female 2016 3,405
    Black Male 2013 3,557
    Black Male 2014 3,514
    Black Male 2015 3,476
    Black Male 2016 3,519
    Hispanic Female 2013 1,976
    Hispanic Female 2014 1,908
    Hispanic Female 2015 1,965
    Hispanic Female 2016 1,966
    Hispanic Male 2013 2,181
    Hispanic Male 2014 2,155
    Hispanic Male 2015 2,242
    Hispanic Male 2016 2,245
    Multiracial Female 2013 604
    Multiracial Female 2014 675
    Multiracial Female 2015 717
    Multiracial Female 2016 764
    Multiracial Male 2013 538
    Multiracial Male 2014 597
    Multiracial Male 2015 651
    Multiracial Male 2016 734
    Native Amer. Female 2013 114
    Native Amer. Female 2014 112
    Native Amer. Female 2015 110
    Native Amer. Female 2016 107
    Native Amer. Male 2013 159
    Native Amer. Male 2014 135
    Native Amer. Male 2015 126
    Native Amer. Male 2016 129
    White Female 2013 1,172
    White Female 2014 1,180
    White Female 2015 1,232
    White Female 2016 1,119
    White Male 2013 1,344
    White Male 2014 1,324
    White Male 2015 1,403
    White Male 2016 1,284