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    School Board approves new high school boundaries to begin in 2019-20​
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    School Board approves new high school boundaries to begin in 2019-20​

    In 2019-20, new high school boundaries will be implemented with the opening of Lincoln High School in north Seattle. Ingraham High School also will have a significant capacity increase due to construction of a building addition. As there was not an attendance area for Lincoln, the School Board established new high school boundaries by reassigning students from portions of the Ballard and Roosevelt boundaries to Lincoln.

    At their regular meeting on Wed., Jan. 31, the Seattle School Board approved high school boundaries for implementation in the 2019-20 school year. There are no high school boundary changes for the 2018-19 school year.

    For families who are planning their student's high school journey below is a summary of what was approved. Any student may apply to another high school through school choice. Open Enrollment for School Choice is Feb. 5 until 16. Read more about open enrollment.

    Opening of Lincoln High School

    Lincoln will open with grades 9 and 10 only in the 2019-20 school year. All students who are 9th graders in Fall 2018 who attend Ballard or Roosevelt as their attendance area school and who live in areas that are changing to the Lincoln High School attendance area in the Fall 2019 will start 10th grade at Lincoln High School.

    The information below outlines the grades to be served at Lincoln until the school reaches full scale in 2021-22.

    Lincoln Grade Implementation Plan

    • In 2019-20, Lincoln High School will serve students in grades 9 and 10 only. New students in grades 11 and 12 will be assigned to their attendance area high school based on the 2017-18 high school boundaries.
    • In 2020-21, Lincoln High School will serve students in grades 9, 10, and 11 only. New students in grade 12 will be assigned to their attendance area high school based on the 2017-18 high school boundaries.
    • In 2021-22, Lincoln High School will serve students in all grades.

    Approved Maps

    New Boundaries in Effect 2019-20: All 9th graders in Fall 2019 will be assigned to their attendance area high school based on the approved 2019-20 boundaries.

    Highly Capable Changes

    Changes were also approved for high school Highly Capable (HC) pathways. Beginning in 2019-20, there will be three pathways: a north pathway at Lincoln High School, a central/southeast pathway at Garfield High School and a southwest pathway at West Seattle High School. The IBX program at Ingraham High School remains as an optional pathway with increased seat capacity to accommodate more HC students at the school.

    • All students in grade 10-12 in 2019-20 who are in the Garfield and Ingraham HC pathways will be grandfathered.
    • HC students from West Seattle who are currently in 6th and 7th grade at Washington Middle School can continue to Garfield instead of moving to the new southwest pathway.
    • Additionally, HC or HC-eligible students entering 10th grade in 2019-20 (current 8th grade students) may opt into Lincoln if they are at Garfield or at their attendance area school and live within the Lincoln HC pathway. This applies even if the student was not in HCC during 8th grade.

    Below are the three regional highly capable pathway schools for the 2019-20 school year.

    • Lincoln High School as the guaranteed pathway for students in the North (Lincoln, Ballard, Roosevelt, Nathan Hale and Ingraham attendance areas)
    • Garfield High School as the guaranteed pathway for students in the South (Garfield, Franklin and Rainier Beach attendance areas)
    • West Seattle High School as the guaranteed pathway for students in West Seattle (West Seattle and Chief Sealth attendance areas) 
    • The IBX Program Ingraham High School as a choice assignment option, available to highly capable students who apply through Open Enrollment on a space available basis.

    Future Advanced Learning Opportunities  

    During the development of high school boundaries, the community expressed a desire to have better access to advanced coursework in their neighborhood schools. The Board spent considerable time on this issue and passed a resolution asking staff to develop a plan to provide more equitable access to advanced coursework across the district. The resolution also directed the district to implement practices to address disproportionate representation within the district’s advanced learning programs.

    Read the substitute resolution to affirm the vision for equitable access to advanced coursework in all high schools and develop a detailed plan for implementation by 2021-22.

    Dual Language Immersion Changes

    A change to the north dual language immersion pathway was approved at the high school level.

    • Lincoln will be the new dual language immersion pathway school beginning in 2019-20, which will start with 9th grade.
    • Students entering 10th grade in Ingraham's dual language immersion pathway in 2019-20 can also opt to attend Lincoln.
    • Students in the dual language immersion pathway at Ingraham will be grandfathered, but new 9th graders will not be assigned to dual language immersion at Ingraham beginning in 2019-20.

    High School Grandfathering Plan Summary

    The following students will be allowed to stay in their current assignments. When the new boundaries and pathways take effect in 2019-20:

    • All students in grade 10-12 in 2019-20 who are in the Garfield and Ingraham Highly Capable (HC) pathways will be grandfathered.
    • HC students from West Seattle who are currently in 6th and 7th grade at Washington Middle School can continue to Garfield instead of moving to the new southwest pathway.
    • All 11th and 12th graders in areas that have a changing attendance area assignment in Fall 2019 will be grandfathered.
    • All 10th graders (current 8th graders) in areas that have a changing attendance area assignment, but not to Lincoln High School, will be grandfathered at their existing school. For example, this applies to students who would be moving from Roosevelt to Ingraham.

    Board action, amendments and resolution

     You can read more, including the Board Action Report, amendments, and background on the Enrollment Planning High School Boundaries webpage.