Enrollment Help

Enrollment Services

Welcome to Seattle Public Schools! Seattle Public Schools has award-winning neighborhood and option schools where families find great educators, strong academic programs, and engaged community.

Help is Available

Enrollment help is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Amharic, Somali or Vietnamese.

Hours of Operation

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Phone: 206-252-0760
Fax: 206-252-0761

Please contact a bilingual specialist directly:

  • Amharic and Oromo: 206-445-3848
  • Chinese: 206-475-1860
  • Somali: 206-430-2494
  • Spanish: 206-471-2414
  • Vietnamese: 206-471-9386

Office Location:
John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence
2445 3rd Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98134

Enrollment Timeline

  • 2021-22 Transfer Appeals: June 1, 2021 (Appeals will not be accepted during the summer closure)
  • 2021-22 Non-Resident Enrollment: June 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
  • System Maintenance (Admissions last day for data entry is July 8 at 4:00 pm): July 8-23, 2021
  • Enrollment Planning Post Maintenance Cleanup: July 26-30, 2021
  • Admissions Summer Closure Period: July 9, 2021 – August 1, 2021
  • Admissions Center Reopens: August 2, 2021

Have you moved

If you are moving it is important to update your address with Seattle Public Schools.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to Seattle Public Schools! Parents and guardians can enroll their students for the current school year online or in person at the John Stanford Center.

We will require some basic information and proof of address for all new students.

Visit our Enroll My Student webpage to get started.

Students are initially assigned to an attendance area school based on where the student lives.

As a general rule if your student is already an SPS student, they will be assigned to the same school they are attending now. In the case of students moving up to middle or high school, students will be automatically assigned to their neighborhood school.

Use our address lookup tool and find attendance area maps on our About Our Schools webpage.

All SPS students are required to submit an admission form which includes basic information such as name, date of birth, address, emergency contacts, etc.  

A Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) is also required for all students. The parent or legal guardian’s photo I.D., as well as two additional address verification documents must be provided for proof of residency.

More information is available on the Enroll My Student webpage.

Kindergartners must be 5 years old on August 31 of the year they wish to enroll in school.

Proof of birth date and other standard enrollment must be provided when enrolling in school.

If you would like your child to be evaluated to enroll early, please read about Early Entrance to Kindergarten.

Visit our Early Learning Department Preschool webpage to learn about enrolling your child in preschool. 

Students may apply for assignment to a different school or program through School Choice.

A School Choice period occurs each spring for students to submit choice applications for the following school year.

If there are more applicants than seats available for a particular school and grade, then certain tiebreakers are used to determine which students are selected. If there is not a seat available for an applicant, then that student is placed on a waitlist and contacted if space becomes available.

Students who do not apply on-time (during Open Enrollment) may still submit a choice application through May 31. However, after Open Enrollment fewer seats are available for School Choice.  After August 31, all waitlists dissolve and school transfers are not permitted with few exceptions. (Exceptions may include a change of address, or if a student requires ELL or Special Education services that are not available at their current school.) Learn more about School Choice.

Seattle Public Schools welcomes all of our families. Assistance is available to student who qualify under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

If you are homeless, living in temporary or transitional housing, or are an unaccompanied youth, please let our staff know so can help you through the enrollment process.

If you are affiliated with an agency or case worker, please feel free to have them contact us online.

Visit our Students Experiencing Homelessness webpage for more information.

School Types and Terminology

Attendance Area School

An attendance area school is one to which elementary, middle and high-school students are assigned based on where they live, as long as the school offers the services the student needs.

Entry Grade

An entry grade is usually the point at which a student enters elementary school (kindergarten), middle school (sixth grade), or high school (ninth grade).

Feeder Pattern

A feeder pattern is the predictable flow of students from elementary to middle school. Elementary attendance areas are combined to create middle school attendance areas, resulting in feeder patterns from elementary school to middle school.

There are not feeder patterns from middle school to high school; each attendance area high school has its own geographic attendance area. The exception to this is in West Seattle, where students in the Denny attendance area feed into Chief Sealth International High School and students in the Madison attendance area feed into West Seattle High School.

As growth boundaries are phased in, there may be changes to elementary school attendance areas. These changes may result in the elementary attendance area feeding into more than one middle school during a transition period. In other words, changes to elementary attendance areas and middle school attendance areas may not always be implemented at the same time. Visit our Growth Boundary webpage for more information.

Geographic Area (Geo Zone)

Students who want to attend an option school need to apply – no one is assigned automatically to an option school. Each option school has a geographic priority area (geo zone). The geographic zone tiebreaker is for applicants to an option school who live within a defined area in proximity to the school. Please note that living within the geographic zone does not guarantee assignment to the requested option school, but gives a priority for admission after siblings. Geo Zones may change from year to year as a tool for capacity management.

Option School

option schools provide a variety of programmatic opportunities for families looking for choices in addition to their attendance area schools.

Service Area

A service area is a geographic area within which various services, such as special education services, are provided for students who live within it. Service areas use the same geographic boundaries as those for attendance area middle schools.

Service School

Service schools are those other schools and services that are available to meet individual student needs. Students may request assignment to a service school and/or may be referred there and assigned individually as appropriate. Unlike attendance area schools and option schools, students may transition into or out of service schools during the school year. The annual timeline and deadlines for assignment to attendance area schools and option schools do not apply to service schools.

Specialized Programs or Services for Students

Most students will be able to access advanced learning, bilingual or special education services in their attendance area school or in a nearby linked attendance area or option school.

There are some services that will continue to be available in just a few locations because they serve small numbers of students. Services for medically fragile students are one such example.

Charter schools in Seattle

Seattle Public Schools recognizes currently operating commission-authorized charter schools including Green Dot, Rainier Prep, Summit Atlas, and Sierra. More information about these schools, their curriculum, and enrollment is available through the Washington State Charter School Commission.

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