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    Addressing Capacity Challenges at Green Lake Elementary

    Updated Oct. 15, 2019

    Seattle Public Schools is exploring options to address the overcrowding at Green Lake Elementary School.

    Several changes have been made in recent years to provide more space for learning. These include making classrooms out of rooms designed for other purposes and adding portable classrooms.

    The district proposed expanding the geographic zones (geozones) for John Stanford International Elementary School (JSIS) and McDonald International Elementary School (McDonald). These changes would take place for the 2020-21 school year and give all students in the Green Lake Elementary attendance area a tiebreaker to attend JSIS or McDonald. At the Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 Board Operations Committee meeting, the Seattle School Board decided not to move forward with the geozone expansion.

    At the Oct. 3 meeting the School Board also proposed increasing the native heritage speaker set-aside at JSIS and McDonald from 15% to 20% for the 2020-21 school year. The Board will discuss this further at Introduction on Wednesday, Oct. 16, and it is planned to go for a vote on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

    Each option school has a geographic zone (geozone). The geozone tiebreaker is for applicants to an option school who live within a defined area in proximity to the school. You can read about tiebreakers for student assignment on the Open Enrollment Fast Facts page.

    Boundary changes for the 2020-21 school year are not currently being considered. Seattle Public Schools is investigating enrollment changes, like boundary changes, for the 2021-22 school year. Updates about potential boundary changes or other enrollment changes will be posted on this webpage. Please submit ideas and feedback for Green Lake capacity relief here.

    Community Meeting Held

    A community meeting to discuss the geozone changes was held on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.

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    To provide feedback or ask questions about addressing capacity issues at Green Lake Elementary, please use the feedback form at the bottom of the page.


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