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    Open Enrollment for School Choice Feb. 4-22
    Posted on 02/13/2019
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    Open Enrollment for School Choice Feb. 4 - 22

    Each student in Seattle Public Schools is assigned to a school based on where that student lives. Students may apply to attend a different school through the School Choice Process, which begins February 4.

    If your student is currently attending an option school or another school that is not their attendance area school by choice, they can continue at this school until the highest grade offered without having to apply again. If your student is currently attending an option school but wishes to attend a neighborhood school in 2019-20, they will need to apply through the School Choice process.

    Applying for Another School

    If you are interested in requesting either an attendance area school or option school, other than your assigned school, you must submit a School Choice form. Only forms submitted during Open Enrollment Feb. 4 - 22 (Because of snow days the Open Enrollment deadline was extended), will receive tiebreakers such as the sibling tiebreaker which gives siblings priority in admissions.

    Families are encouraged to apply during the Open Enrollment window. Applications received after Open Enrollment are date stamped and priority is based on the date in which the application is received. School Choice forms are available online, or at the John Stanford Center.

    The results of Open Enrollment for the 2019-20 school year will be available online in mid-April.

    More information is available on the School Choice webpage.

    Read more about change of school process for special education students.

    Open Enrollment Overview Video

    Reasons to Participate in Open Enrollment for School Choice

    1. To return to your neighborhood school from a choice school, submit a choice form. Students are guaranteed a seat back at their neighborhood school if students apply by May 31, and Special Education service needs can be met at their neighborhood school.
    2. If your family has moved outside of your student’s current school boundaries but you wish for your child to remain at their current school, submit a choice form. A seat at the current school is subject to space availability; there is no guarantee. If you don’t submit a choice form, your student will have an automatic reassignment to a new attendance school for next school year.
      • If you have moved outside of the SPS school district but want to stay at SPS, you must complete a Choice Transfer Request (CTR) form through your home district and reapply starting June 1 (Not eligible to apply during Open Enrollment) as a non-resident by submitting a non-resident choice form along with CTR for review. Seats are subject to space availability.
    3. Dual Language Immersion (DLI). Non-attendance area students who are eligible for continuation in a dual language immersion pathway, and who apply during Open Enrollment through May 31, will be assigned to the relevant pathway school (unless they apply for and are assigned to a higher ranked choice)
    4. Apply to an Advanced Learning Opportunity (Spectrum site). Although Advanced Learning Opportunities are available at every school, students in grades 1-5 who have received the Advanced Learner (AL) designation may apply to a Spectrum Site; assignments are subject to limited availability.
      • More information about Spectrum Sites.
      • 5th graders enrolled as an Advanced Learner will receive an initial assignment to AL at their attendance area middle school for 6th grade; no application is required.
    5. Apply to a Highly Capable (HC) Pathway. In 2019, two additional HC high school pathways have been added: West Seattle High School and Lincoln High School.
      • Currently enrolled 8th graders attending an HC Cohort (HCC) Pathway are guaranteed admission into their HC pathway high school (Garfield, Lincoln, or West Seattle) in 9th grade based on where they live, and DO NOT need to apply during Open Enrollment.
      • Students eligible for HC services entering 9th grade who did not attend an HC Cohort Pathway School in 8th grade, will have a guaranteed HC Pathway seat at their HC pathway high school (Garfield, Lincoln, or West Seattle), but a Choice Form must be submitted during Open Enrollment.
      • Students with an HC designation currently attending their attendance area or option high school who wish to attend an HC pathway high school, will have a guaranteed seat at their HC pathway high school (Garfield, Lincoln, or West Seattle), but a Choice Form must be submitted during Open Enrollment.
      • More information about Highly Capable pathways, including elementary and middle school pathways.

    Reviewing Your Student’s 2019-20 School Assignment

    Next year’s assignments are now available in the Assignment Lookup Tool on the district website. Please note that your child’s school assignment may have changed due to new school boundaries and the opening of new schools in Fall 2019. To view your child’s assignment, you will need your child’s date of birth and student ID number. You can find your child’s student ID by contacting Admissions at 206-252-0760 or checking your student's record on The Source.

    Read more Registration for 2019-20 and School Tours.