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    Growth Boundaries Project: 2014-2019

    The district sometimes makes changes to school boundaries to balance enrollment between schools. This often happens because there is more space available at one school because of construction or when a new school is opened. You can learn more on the main boundary change page or by watching this video.

    2013 Growth Boundaries Project

    Many of the changes made between 2014 and 2019  were approved in fall 2013 as a part of the district's Growth Boundaries Project. Work on the Growth Boundaries Project began in spring 2013 after the Building Excellence IV Capital Levy was approved by voters. The levy funded 17 major projects for construction of new schools, replacement of existing schools, or major modernization of existing buildings to open them for use. This construction provided much needed space for the growing number of students enrolling in Seattle Public Schools.

    Guiding Principles for Growth Boundaries

    The Seattle School Board adopted these Guiding Principles for the Growth Boundaries Project. 

    These guiding principles are purposely not ranked. At times they are in conflict with each other and decisions must be made which is most important for the situation.  

    • Ground decisions in data.
    • Create boundaries that reflect equitable access to services and programs.
    • Maximize walkability.
    • Enable cost-effective transportation standards.
    • Maintain key features of the New Student Assignment Plan (for example, opportunities for creating diversity within boundaries, choice, option schools, feeder patterns).
    • Minimize disruptions by aligning new boundaries with current attendance areas when feasible.
    • Be mindful of fiscal impact (costs and savings).
    • Be responsive to family input to the extent feasible.

    Approval by School Board

    Based on historical and projected enrollment data, numerous options were considered in the development of the Growth Boundaries for Student Assignment. The final decisions were strongly influenced by input from families and community members. 

    At the November 20, 2013, meeting of the Seattle School Board, Directors approved Growth Boundaries, feeder patterns and option school Geographic Priority Zones.

    Growth Boundaries Project implementation

    Implementation of the new Growth Boundaries began with the 2014-15 school year. All changes are scheduled to be implemented by the 2020-21 school year. There have been changes to the implementation plan since the Growth Boundaries Plan was approved.

    Each year, the boundary changes scheduled for the following year are reviewed, and any amendments to the approved plan must be approved by the School Board.

    All boundary changes included in the 2013 Growth Boundaries Project are scheduled to be implemented by Fall 2020 for the 2020-21 school year.


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