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    Updated: March 30, 2020

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the timing of high school boundary changes?

    High school boundaries changed beginning with the 2019-20 school year. 

    Will you allow students to stay at their current high school, or will you require that they change schools?

    High school students entering grades 11 or 12 in 2019 were grandfathered at their current high schools. This means that 2019's juniors and seniors can stay at their current schools until graduation.

    Why is it necessary to increase high school capacity?

    Enrollment in Seattle Public Schools has grown by 8,000 students in the past 10 years. New capacity has been added at the elementary and middle school levels, and now have added additional capacity at the high school level. 

    Why did the high school boundaries change?

    Lincoln High School opened as a comprehensive attendance area high school to help reduce overcrowding at the high school level, which means students will be assigned to Lincoln based on where they live. There was not an attendance area for Lincoln as it had been closed for several years. An attendance area has been established by re-assigning areas from other high schools.

    What were the guiding principles and criteria used by the High School Boundary Task Force in developing the recommendations?

    The task force developed these principles and put them into priority order. They were used in developing the task force's recommendations on high school boundary changes. An additional set of prioritized principles was developed in December 2017 based on a survey of families conducted in November 2017. See below.

    1. Equity: Use an equity lens to ensure that the changes don’t unfairly impact students with higher needs.
    2. Align high school boundaries with elementary and middle school feeder patters as much as possible.
    3. Use data, such as enrollment counts, enrollment projections, capture rates, student demographics, etc., to inform decisions.
    4. Create high schools that are the optimal size so that there can be a diversity of programs and services for students at their schools.
    5. Minimize fiscal impact.
    6. Minimize disruption to existing boundaries.