School Choice

School Choice

Seattle Public Schools students are initially assigned to a designated attendance area elementary, middle, or high school based on each student's home address. To view the attendance area schools for your address, use the Address Lookup Tool.

Students may apply for assignment to a different school (or program) through School Choice. It is not guaranteed that students will be assigned to the school (or program) of their choice; students are only guaranteed assignment to their attendance area school. Additional information about option schools, including individual GeoZone maps, is available on the School Directory webpage.  Click here to download the districtwide GeoZone map for 2017-18.

To view current and next year assignment information using the Assignment Lookup Tool, you need the student's identification number and birth date. Once a student receives a choice assignment, they are generally continued in that choice assignment through the highest grade served by that school.

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is the annual period when school choice forms may first be submitted for the next school year. Open Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year ended on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. All forms received during Open Enrollment were processed at the same time and were eligible for applicable tiebreakers. The results of Open Enrollment were available starting April 17, 2017. School choice for 2017-18 ended on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Check out the Open Enrollment Fast Facts page for more information.

Key Dates for 2017-18

  • Mon., Feb. 6, 2017: School Choice Forms Available Online
  • Mon., Feb. 13, 2017: Open Enrollment Begins
  • Fri., Feb. 24, 2017: Open Enrollment Ends
  • Mon., Apr. 17, 2017: Updated Next Year Assignment & Waitlist  Information Available Online
  • Mon., May 1, 2017: Second School Choice Application Accepted
  • Wed., May 31, 2017: School Choice for 2017-18 Ends
  • Mon., July 17, 2017 - Fri., Aug. 4. 2017: Admissions Center Summer Closure
  • Thurs., Aug. 31, 2017: Waitlists Dissolve

School Choice Forms

School choice forms can be submitted by email, fax, by paper mail, or in person at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence until Wednesday, May 31. Note: Mac and Safari users, if you have technical difficulties with the email version of the forms, please use and submit the print version.

Historical Choice Data

Would you like to know how many students applied for school choice in 2016-17?

Or the number of students who remained on a waitlist when it was dissolved?

Section 2 of the Annual Enrollment Report, produced by Enrollment Planning, contains detailed historical choice data for each school.

Last updated: 07/12/2017

Contact Information

Seattle Public Schools
Admissions Center
MS 11-161
PO Box 34165
2445 3rd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Please note: the Admissions Center closes at 12 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month for staff training.

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


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