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    2019-20 High School Boundary and Highly Capable Update January 12

    At the Jan. 10 work session, the School Board reviewed and discussed two possible 2019-20 high school boundary maps (Fv4.2 and Fv6). Additional information presented included projected student enrollment numbers, demographics and community feedback. The School Board agreed on and requested one map be presented for introduction to the board on Jan. 17 with four additional areas to be discussed further.

    This new map, referred to as Fv4.3 was developed in response to feedback from the Jan. 10 Board Work session. It works to balance capacity while minimizing impact for students and families across the two highly capable pathway scenarios requested by the board on Jan. 3. You may read more about potential high school highly capable pathways below. At the Jan. 17 School Board meeting, the board will discuss the new map and the four geographic alternatives for consideration within Fv4.3.

    More information including the new Fv4.3 map, description of each geographic alternative and additional considerations can be viewed in the School Board Action Report for Jan. 17pdf icon. For more information on the process and to review previous maps visit the High School Boundary Changes webpage.

    High School Highly Capable Update

    In addition, on Jan. 17, the School Board will continue discussion of the assignment pathways for high school students designated as highly capable. The Board is considering three regional pathway schools for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years:

    • 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) and
    • Ingraham as a choice assignment option, available to all highly capable students who apply through Open Enrollment.

    Then, for students designated as highly capable who enter high school in 2021-22 and beyond, the Board is considering a resolution that calls for serving these students in their neighborhood attendance area schools. Read the School Board action report for information about the resolution pdf icon.

    Decision Timeline for Boundaries and HC Pathways

    • Jan. 17: The Fv4.3 high school boundary map and three HC pathways will be introduced formally to the School Board. A resolution on high school Highly Capable (HC) pathways will also be introduced.
    • Jan. 20: Option School Choice Fair.
    • Jan. 31: The Board is scheduled to take action on the new high school boundaries and any changes to the high school HC pathways. This action will ensure families are aware of new high school boundaries before open enrollment, which is Feb. 5-16.

    If you have questions about next steps for high school boundaries, please send them to If you have questions about high school highly capable pathways, please send them to

    You may also contact School Board Directors at (all board directors and cabinet-level staff) or (only school board directors).

    Families may sign up to give public testimony at the School Board Meetings on Jan. 17 and 31. To learn how to sign up for Board Meeting testimony, visit the school board Attend a Board Meeting webpage. You may also watch board meetings.

    We recognize these changes are challenging. The process of developing new high school boundaries is complex and very personal for many families. The goal is to find a solution that meets the needs for the most students as possible for today and into the future. The district will continue to keep families informed of progress and in advance of School Board decisions.