Magnolia Elementary School Boundaries

Boundaries Under Development for New Elementary School

Magnolia Elementary School is undergoing renovation and modernization to open as an elementary school in fall 2018. Opening this school will help relieve capacity challenges and accommodate future growth at Catharine Blaine K-8, Coe Elementary, and Lawton Elementary schools.

If Magnolia is opened as an attendance area school, boundaries will have to be established to assign students to the new school. This will require changes to the existing boundaries for other schools in the Magnolia/Queen Anne cluster, particularly Catharine Blaine, Coe and Lawton. Options are being explored, and no decisions have been made.

Update: March 17, 2017

Thank you all for your passionate support of public schools. The first community meeting about boundaries for Magnolia Elementary was held on Monday, March 13 at Catharine Blaine. More than 250 people attended, and many shared their feedback and questions with staff in person and through comment cards. See below for meeting materials.

What We Heard

  • Students and their families love their current schools and neighborhoods.
  • Grandfathering is important.
  • Impacts to transportation should be carefully considered – walking to school is important to some families.
  • There are concerns about the geographic divide created by 15th Avenue NW and the Interbay area, as well as the traffic and transportation issues related to moving between Queen Anne and Magnolia for school.
  • There is interest in more information about: how projections are developed and the expected future growth in the area.
  • Some families would like the entire Magnolia/Queen Anne cluster to be considered when making boundary decisions, including Queen Anne Elementary and John Hay Elementary.
  • Some of the families present asked that Queen Anne Elementary be changed from an option school to an attendance area school.
  • There were also suggestions about making Catharine Blaine a middle school with Lawton and Magnolia feeding into it, and making Queen Anne an attendance area school with Coe, Hay and Queen Anne feeding into McClure.

All comments and feedback from the meeting and emails are being considered as we move forward.

Anticipated Timeline

March–June 2017: Additional community engagement
September 2017: Draft proposal presented to School Board Operations Committee
September–October 2017: Share information with community on proposal to School Board.
October 2017: Introduction of proposed Magnolia boundaries (and related changes) to School Board.
November 2017: School Board action on Magnolia boundaries (and related changes).

March 13 Meeting Materials

These materials contain some of the information that was shared at the boundaries meeting on March 13, 2017. Community members may continue to provide feedback, preferences, and comments to growthboundaries@seattleschools.org.

This density map shows how many K-5 students live in each attendance area. The data drives the need for additional elementary capacity in the Queen Anne/Magnolia area.

These DRAFT maps show the possible boundaries for Magnolia Elementary. They were discussed at the March 13 meeting.

Scenario A

Scenario B

Scenario C

Scenario D

Scenario E‚Äč

Scenario F

The meeting presentation is also available for download.


Last updated: 3/20/2017

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