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School Choice and Open Enrollment

School Choice for 2022-23

School Choice Deadline for the 2022-23 School Year is May 31, 2022

School Choice results are available beginning April 19 via Student Assignment Lookup Tool.

Parents/guardians may submit a School Choice Inquiry Form if they believe that the district made an error in processing the choice application and would like to request a further investigation to be made.

School Choice Process

*As of March 24, the Source will no longer be accepting school choice forms. Please use the electronic PDF form below or print a copy and email it to schoolchoice@seattleschools.org.

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.
  • K-12 students may transfer to their attendance area school after Open Enrollment through May 31, as long as the services the student needs are available at that school. Transfers to their previously assigned choice school is not guaranteed and requires a new School Choice Form subject to availability or placed at the bottom of the waitlist.
  • Transfers after May 31, follow the Transfer Appeal process opening on June 1. The 2022-23 Transfer Appeal Request Form will be available online the same day.
  • Students who apply for and receive a choice assignment will receive a new assignment to that choice school (or program). Students with a choice assignment will be continued at that school through the highest grade served, as long as the school offers the services the student needs.

School Choice Forms

Email your completed form 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 by May 31st, 2022 with a current IEP to be eligible

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

Unsure which program to apply for?

If your student is not receiving special education services, then you should apply for General Education. The following programs are for students who are receiving special education services:

  • Focus
  • Moderate Intensive
  • Distinct
  • SEL
  • Access
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing

If your student’s service model for special education is SM1, you should apply as General Education. Dual Language Immersion students should also apply as General Education. If you are seeking the HCC program for your student, select HCC. If you are applying for Virtual Optional Pilot Program, select VOPP.

Please review below Linked School Charts for programs and service availabilities.

Linked Schools and Programs

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

Linked Schools

Enrollment Key Dates

8
Jul
Admissions Office Closed
July 8July 31
31
Aug
Waitlists Dissolve
August 31

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. Read more about schools with continuous enrollment.


K – 12 VOPP

Students currently attending K – 12 Virtual Option Pilot Program (VOPP) for the entire school year are guaranteed an assignment to return to their previously assigned school for the 2022-23 school year. These students should participate in open enrollment to indicate their intentions to return to their previous school for the Fall.

If you want to apply for K – 12 Virtual Option at Cascade for the 2022-23 school year, please submit a school choice form and write down Cascade Parent Partnership – Virtual Option.


Historical Choice Data

Would you like to know how many students applied for school choice in recent years? 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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