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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.
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
John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence
2445 3rd Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98134
- 2021-22 To formally contest a student's assignment or eligibility for certain programs or: 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 is the department that works with other district offices to Post Maintenance Cleanup: July 26-30, 2021
- Admissions Summer Closure Period: July 9, 2021 – August 1, 2021
- Admissions Center Reopens: August 2, 2021
Frequently Asked Questions
School Types and Terminology
Attendance Area School
An Elementary, middle, and high school students are assigned to a designated attendance 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.
An entry grade is usually the point at which a student enters elementary school (kindergarten), middle school (sixth grade), or high school (ninth grade).
A A feeder pattern is the predictable flow of students from elementary to 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 the school boundary changes that occur when a new 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 (Students who want to attend an option school need to apply â€“). 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 schools provide a variety of programmatic opportunities, different curriculum, and educational provide a variety of programmatic opportunities for families looking for choices in addition to their attendance area schools.
A A service area is a geographic area within which various services, such 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 All attendance area schools have a geographic boundary which defines who is as those for attendance area middle schools.
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 provide a variety of programmatic opportunities, different curriculum, and educational, 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 provide a variety of programmatic opportunities, different curriculum, and educational 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 Elementary, middle, and high school students are assigned to a designated attendance 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.