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    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.



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    Middle school boundary changes under discussion for 2021-22

    Discussions are currently underway to solve capacity issues at Mercer International Middle School. Boundary changes, which would also change the boundaries for Aki Kurose and Washington middle schools, have been determined to be the most likely solution. These changes would impact which elementary schools feed to which middle schools. The School Board is expected to make a decision in January 2021. For more information, please see the Mercer capacity page.

    Boundary changes for 2021-22

    In November 2019, the School Board approved changes to the attendance area boundaries for Rising Star Elementary and Wing Luke Elementary that will be implemented beginning with the 2021-22 school year.

    Boundary changes made for 2020-21

    Boundary changes were made to Maple Elementary and Dearborn Park International Elementary attendance areas beginning with the 2020-21 school year.

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

    Community engagement

    When the district is working on boundary 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.


    *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: 12/18/2020


    Contact

    For school boundary questions and comments, please use the Contact Us button at the lower right of your screen.

    Resources

    For current school boundary maps, please visit the School Directory