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Celebrating SPS’ Small Schools

Summary: Small high schools provide high-quality learning opportunities and are perfect for students and families considering non-traditional options.

Celebrating SPS’ Small Schools 

Performing arts, filmmaking, ethnic studies, radio, STEM, advanced career education, and more! These are just a few of the interest areas students at Seattle Public Schools secondary alternative schools can focus on while in high school.  

These schools not only provide high-quality, world-class education, but they are perfect for students and families considering non-traditional learning opportunities. Check out the schools below for more information and enroll today

Alan T. Sugiyama

This high school partners with community members in the performing arts, music, radio, filmmaking, design and more to engage students and provide opportunities for them to work alongside industry professionals.

While in school, students will develop skills, learn how to network, and participate in internships that will drive their careers and post-secondary education. 

Alan T. Sugiyama (ATS) at South Lake

Cascade Parent Partnership

This is an inclusive community of professional and parent educators working together to engage, encourage and empower K-8 students on their individual learning journeys. The school partners with families to create individualized plans that support the unique needs and interests of diverse learners.

Students attend classes and explore interests at Cascade, at home, and in their communities. 

Cascade Parent Partnership

The Center School

The Center School offers a rich academic college prep program enhanced through its focus on the arts. Students dive deep into inquiry-based and project-based curriculums. Internship and career explorations are available, so students have a professional transition into higher education and employment. 

The Center School

Interagency Academy

Interagency Academy removes equity barriers for students to access multiple learning pathways. With a trauma-informed approach, ethnic studies learning framework, and virtual learning supports, the school meets every student where they are, while supporting them as they grow. 

Interagency Academy

Middle College

This school offers a college-focused program where students spend grades 9 and 10 in a small, supportive environment on the Seattle University and Seattle College campuses. Students prepare for enhanced full time Running Start in grades 11 and 12.

Middle College offers flexible and innovative structures to support students academically, socially, and emotionally, enabling students to attain high standards and meet their goals. 

Middle College High School

Nova

Students at Nova apply their learning through application, performance, and portfolio-based assessment to demonstrate competencies.

As an Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) School, each student has a personalized learning plan and is held to additional requirements including ethnic studies coursework, social justice projects, community engagement, community agreements, and social responsibility. 

Nova

Seattle World School

Seattle World School

This school offers a personalized, project-based learning experience for students focused on computer science and STEM career fields. Seattle World School serves recent immigrants from multicultural, multilingual backgrounds who want to increase language acquisition rates and expand their technology skills.

Skills Center 

The Skills Center is committed to delivering advanced career and technical education for high school juniors and seniors. Courses offer high school credit, industry recognized certification, advanced learning, and college credit.

Classes are taught industry professionals in partnership with business and industry advisors. 

Seattle Skills Center


No matter a child’s interest, these schools will make sure every SPS student graduates prepared for college, a career, and community participation.  

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