School Choice and Open Enrollment

School Choice for 2021-22

Deadline: May 31, 2021

School Choice Process

Before the deadline, families with students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools may submit school choice applications for the following school year.

  • All Seattle Public Schools choice assignments are subject to space availability.
  • Submitting the form does not guarantee an assignment.
  • Please review the Linked School and Programs as some programs or support services may not be offered at your preferred school.
  • New students must first register on the Enrollment webpage before participating in the open enrollment.
  • Non-resident and Early Entrance Kindergarten students are not eligible to participate in the open enrollment school choice process.
  • If there are more applications than seats available for a particular school and grade, then certain tiebreakers are used to determine assignment and waitlist status.

Families with students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools may submit school choice applications for the following school year.

If there are more applications than seats available for a particular school and grade, then certain tiebreakers are used to determine assignment and waitlist status.

Standard tiebreakers for available seats after assignment of attendance area students

Attendance Area Elementary and K-8 Schools

  1. Sibling
  2. Lottery

Attendance Area Middle Schools

  1. Sibling
  2. Feeder School
  3. Lottery

Attendance Area High Schools

  1. Sibling
  2. Lottery

Option Schools (all grades)

  1. Sibling
  2. Geographic Zone
  3. Lottery

HCC tiebreakers

Elementary Schools

  1. Sibling
  2. Lottery

Middle Schools

  1. Sibling
  2. Feeder School
  3. Lottery

High Schools

  1. Sibling
  2. Lottery

Results: open enrollment results are now available through the assignment lookup tool and waitlist information is also available. 

Families who wish to dispute their student’s results may do so by sending us an Inquiry Form. Any evidence of proof to support your dispute can be uploaded through this link along with your student’s full name, student ID or date of birth with an explanation. As a friendly reminder, adjustments may be made to the waitlist as a result of enrollment processing errors. 

Linked Schools and Programs

Most students are assigned to their neighbor school regardless. For some required services, a student may be assigned to another school.

Linked Schools

Open Enrollment Results Timeline

April 20 Parents can access their child’s school choice results or waitlist information online through the Assignment Lookup Tool. To use the Assignment Lookup Tool (see below)

April 20 Parents who want to dispute school choice results can fill out the inquiry form here.

April 26 Student assignments will be emailed to students who participated in open enrollment and received a seat at their choice school

school choice results and waitlist information will be available April 20, 2021 online through the  Assignment Lookup Tool. To use the Assignment Lookup Tool, please enter your student’s ID number and birth date.

Waitlists for the 2021-22 school year will dissolve on August 31, 2021.

If additional choice seats become available, waitlisted students will be contacted by Admissions in waitlist order, to be offered a choice assignment; families will have 48 hours  to accept or decline the offer before the next student must be called. This will be reduced to  24 hours in the month of August. Please confirm parent and guardian contact information in the Source is current.

If you need assistance, please  contact the Admissions office online or by phone 206-252-0760.


Non-Resident Enrollment Timeline

Non-Seattle resident enrollment: Jun. 1 – Aug. 31, 2021

Non-resident parent employees: Non-resident employees’ children may participate in the 2021-22 open enrollment process to request their parent’s school worksite only. Non-resident employees’ children requesting schools outside of their parent’s school worksite will need to apply between June 1 through August 31.


School Choice Forms

school choice Deadline for the 2021-22 School Year was May 31, 2021

Send all completed forms by email to  schoolchoice@seattleschools.org.

School Choice Forms Grades K – 12

School Choice Form EEU PreK – K (EEU preschool)

Students must be at least 3 years old at the time of application with a current IEP to be eligible)


Option Schools with Continuous Enrollment

  • Cascade Parent Partnership Program
  • Interagency Programs
  • Middle College High School
  • Nova High School
  • Seattle World School
  • Skills Center
  • Alan T. Sugiyama High School

All Option Schools with continuous enrollment are considered upon request. Please contact us online if you are interested in attending any one of our Option Schools with continuous enrollment.

Some schools require capacity reviews or additional enrollment procedures.


Historical Choice Data

Would you like to know how many students applied for school choice in 2020-21? Or the number of students who were waitlisted?

Section 2 of the Annual Enrollment Report, produced by Enrollment Planning, also contains detailed historical choice data for each school.


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Questions?

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