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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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    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. For example, we will be meeting with those families impacted by a boundary change for 2020-21 in spring 2019.

    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 and don't yet have a student in school, please email to be added to a distribution list for non-families.

    Boundary changes implemented in 2018-19

    Please click on the school name for details.

    Approved boundary changes for 2019-20

    Please click on the school name for details.

    New schools opening in 2019-20

    Boundary changes for 2020-21

    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. Please click on the school name for the latest 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.

    *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: Jan. 17, 2019


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    For current school boundary maps, please visit the School Directory