Growth Boundaries

Elementary and Middle School Boundary Changes

Growth boundaries are changes to attendance area boundaries* designed to balance student enrollment. They are necessary because of growth in the number of students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. The district is also growing the space available for students by building new or replacement schools, modernizing and opening closed buildings, and constructing additions at some schools.

Boundary changes for many attendance area elementary and middle schools were approved by the School Board in 2013 as part of the Growth Boundaries project. These changes are scheduled to be implemented over six years, from 2014 through 2019. You can review the upcoming changes for each year by using the links on the right.

Boundary changes are coming in 2018-19

Enrollment Planning staff reviews the previously approved changes to be implemented in the following school year. As part of this review, community meetings are held to share information and gather feedback. Review of the 2018-19 changes will begin in spring 2017. Schools with previously approved changes are: Adams Elementary, Loyal Heights Elementary, and Whittier Elementary as a result of Loyal Heights moving into a new bigger building. (more). Community meetings on these changes will be scheduled in spring 2017.

Boundary changes for additional attendance area elementary schools will be developed and implemented when additional school capacity becomes available by opening schools or building additions.

Work is currently underway to renovate Magnolia Elementary School. The new school is scheduled to open in fall 2018, to help relieve capacity at nearby Catharine Blaine K-8, Coe Elementary, and Lawton Elementary. (More about Magnolia boundaries).

High school boundary changes

There will be boundary changes to high schools in the 2019-20 school year when Lincoln High School opens and a building addition at Ingraham High School is completed. These changes are likely to affect all north-end high schools: Ingraham, Ballard, Roosevelt, and Nathan Hale. Boundaries for other high schools will be assessed and may be impacted. The district anticipates developing high school boundaries for the opening of Lincoln by fall 2017.

*An attendance area school is the school to which students in elementary, middle and high-school are assigned, based on where they live. You can look up the attendance area schools for your address using the Address Lookup Tool. 



Last updated: 3/20/17


How to check on approved boundary changes for your attendance area school

Click on your attendance area school in the table below to go to the year when approved boundary changes go into effect. If your attendance area elementary, K-8 or middle school is not listed, boundary changes are not scheduled at your school.

Elementary and K-8 schools

Middle schools

High schools were not included in the 2013 Growth Boundaries project. However, because the two high schools in West Seattle have boundaries aligned with the middle schools, there are boundary changes for Chief Sealth International and West Seattle high schools. We will begin reviewing high school boundaries in 2017.


Last updated: 9/14/2016

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