Enrolling Non-resident Students
Seattle Public Schools welcome non-resident studentsNon-resident students are those who don't live within the Seattle School district More to enroll with us. Non-resident studentsNon-resident students are those who don't live within the Seattle School district More are those who don’t live within the Seattle School district boundariesAll attendance area schools have a geographic boundary which defines who is More. However, there are some limits, based on school board policy, on whether we can accept a student from another school district.
Non-residents may attend our schools as long as:
- The anticipated needs of resident students are met first
- Acceptance of the non-resident student does not create a financial hardship for SPSSeattle Public Schools More
- The non-resident student’s attendance and disciplinary records meet appropriate standards, which are set by the school board.
Non-resident student assignments are for one academic year only. You must make a new application each academic year to request continued enrollment in Seattle Public Schools.
Non-resident studentsNon-resident students are those who don't live within the Seattle School district More be assigned only to schools and programs when space is available for students who live outside of the school’s attendance area. Space must also be available for your grade level and program needs. Any schools/grades/programs with a waitlistSchools (and programs) have waitlists when more students request the school (or More of resident students cannot accept any non-resident studentsNon-resident students are those who don't live within the Seattle School district More.
- School assignments based on an address within the school district are not automatically continued if the student becomes a non-resident. Resident students who move out of the SPSSeattle Public Schools More boundary must submit the Choice Transfer Request form within 10 days to maintain the assignment at SPSSeattle Public Schools More.
- Non-resident studentsNon-resident students are those who don't live within the Seattle School district More may not be placed on waitlists.
Application Process and Timeline
State law requires that non-resident studentsNon-resident students are those who don't live within the Seattle School district More supply a Choice Transfer Request from the district of residence each year to apply for non-resident enrollment. The transfer request for non-residents who wish to attend SPSSeattle Public Schools More must be submitted by the deadlines specified each year. Applications are considered on a first come/first served basis.
Enrollment Timeline for 2023-24 School Year
Non-resident enrollment timeline: June 1 – August 31
Non-resident SPSSeattle Public Schools More employees: Non-resident full-time or certificated SPSSeattle Public Schools More employees’ children may participate in the Open EnrollmentOpen Enrollment is the annual four-week period where students may first apply More School ChoiceStudents may choose to apply for another attendance area school, including K-8 More process to request their parent’s school worksite only. Non-resident employees’ children requesting schools outside of their parent’s school worksite must follow the general non-resident enrollment timeline: June 1 through August 31.
The deadline for the 2023-24 school year closes on August 31, 2023. Please see guidelines below.
- Applications will be accepted beginning June 1 for the following school year. Applications received before June 1 will not be reviewed until June 1.
- Applications may take up to four weeks to process. It is our goal that applications received by the August 31 deadline will receive a response before the first day of school – depending on when the application was received and submitted.
- Applicants must submit all required documents listed below and the Choice Transfer Request form by the deadline for further review.
- Completed online SPS Registration
- Completed Choice Transfer Request Form
- Attendance records from previous school year
- Discipline records from previous school year
- IEP evaluation from the previous school & SpEd Addendum (for students receiving Special Education services only)
- Any other records related to specific program needs such as gifted or bilingual eligibility for the previous year (if applicable)
Policy and Appeal Information
District policy governs whether or not a non-resident student may attend Seattle Public Schools. Factors taken into consideration include space availability; program capacity and/or cost; history of suspensions or expulsions; and concerns with attendance or behavior.
If the non-resident application is denied, the parent/guardian may appeal to the Office of the Superintendent of Public InstructionThe division of state government in Washington charged with administering public schools More in Olympia at 360-725-6133.