Enrolling Non-resident Students

At Seattle Public Schools, we welcome enrollment of non-resident students. non-resident students are those who don’t live within the Seattle School district boundaries. 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 SPS
  • 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. To do so, obtain Choice Transfer Request from the school district where you live.

non-resident students do not have an attendance area school. You can be assigned only to schools and programs when space is available for students who live outside of the school’s attendance area. That space must be available for your grade level and program needs. For secondary schools, only the seats set aside for open choice are available for non-resident enrollment. Any schools/grades/programs with a wait list of resident students do not have space available and cannot accept any non-resident students.

  • School assignments based on an address within the school district are not automatically continued if the student becomes a non-resident.
  • non-resident students may not be placed on waiting lists.

Application Process and Timeline

State law requires that non-resident students 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 SPS must be submitted by the deadlines specified each year. Applications are considered on a first come/first served basis.

  • Applications will be accepted beginning June 1, 2021, for the 2021-22 school year. Applications received prior to this date will be held for your convenience and processed on June 1, 2021.
  • The deadline is August 31, 2021 to apply for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Applications may take up to four weeks to process. It is our goal that applications received by the August 31, 2021 deadline will receive a response before the first day of school – depending on when the application was received and submitted.
  • A school choice form must be submitted with the Choice Transfer Request .
  • For students currently not attending SPS, the application must also include records from the current school about the student’s attendance, behavior and any program needs such as special education (current IEP), gifted or bilingual eligibility for the previous year.

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 Instruction in Olympia at 360-725-6133.

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