Skip To ContentSkip To Content

    Why and How Are School Boundaries Changed?

    Sometimes changes to school attendance area boundaries* are needed to balance student enrollment**. They are necessary because of growth in the number of students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. The district is also growing the space available for students by building new or replacement schools, modernizing and opening closed buildings, and constructing additions at some schools.

    Please watch the video below for more information on the reasons for changes and the process for making changes.

    Spanish    Vietnamese    Chinese   Somali

    Boundary Changes Under Review for Dearborn Park, Kimball, Maple, Van Asselt, and Wing Luke Elementary Schools

    The previously approved boundary changes for Maple, Van Asselt and Wing Luke elementary schools are under review. Boundaries at additional elementary schools, Dearborn Park International Elementary and Kimball Elementary are also being studied at the School Board's request.

    A Community Meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10 to discuss the potential changes and review options.

    Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2019
    6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    Mercer International Middle School, 1600 S. Columbian Way

    Cantonese, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese language interpreters will be at the meeting.

    Please visit our Southeast Elementary Boundary Changes page for more information.

    Because middle school boundaries in southeast Seattle are based on elementary boundaries, Aki Kurose Middle School and Mercer International Middle School are likely to have related boundary changes based only on any adjustments to the elementary school boundaries. Other middle school boundary changes for Kurose and Mercer middle schools are not currently under consideration.

    Green Lake Elementary Capacity Challenges

    A community meeting was held on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, to share information and gather feedback on how the district is working to address the over-enrollment at Green Lake Elementary. Please visit the Green Lake Elementary Capacity and Boundaries page for more information.

    Boundary changes made for 2019-20

    Please click on the school name for details.

    New schools opened in 2019-20

    Community engagement

    When the district is working on boundary changes, including review of previously approved changes, we hold community meetings to connect with families. Typically, these meetings begin in the spring a year prior to a boundary change.

    Families are notified about these meetings via the School Messenger email system and through each school's communication channels. Please ensure your school has the correct email address for your family in order to receive these notices. We also post meeting notices on the district website, and the meetings are added to the district calendar.

    If you live in an area with upcoming changes (currently, the elementary schools listed above) and don't yet have a student in school, please email with the name of the school to be added to a distribution list for non-families.

    *An attendance area school is the school to which students in elementary, middle and high-school are assigned, based on where they live. You can look up the attendance area schools for your address using the Address Lookup Tool. 

    ** student enrollment is the number of students enrolled in a particular school or in the entire district.

    Last updated: 9/20/19


    For school boundary questions and comments, please e-mail

    For enrollment data questions, please email


    For current school boundary maps, please visit the School Directory