Student Learning Support
Seattle Public Schools is committed to the academic achievement of all our students. We provide a variety of resources, support services, and programs to help meet the needs of all our students.
To ensure that communication for students with disabilities is as effective as for non-disabled students, it is the responsibility of the District to act on each request for auxiliary aids and services upon request. These services will be provided in an accessible format at no cost to the student.
Advanced Learning provides for the learning needs of students who are academically gifted, academically highly gifted, and high achievers/motivated learners through programs that provide rigorous and accelerated curricula.
Alternative Learning Experience Schools
Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) schools offer learning experiences for public school students developed and supervised by a student learning plan and certified teachers.
Each Seattle Public Schools ALE school maintain written student learning plans for every child, report monthly academic progress and provide an academic program which supports a variety of student interests and abilities. ALE schools adhere to Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 392-121-182.
Career and Technical Education
Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a planned program of courses and learning experiences that begins with exploration of career options, supports basic academic and life skills, and enables achievement of high academic standards, leadership, preparation for industry-defined work, and advanced and continuing education.
Studies indicate that children who attend high quality before-and-after-school programs have better peer relations, emotional adjustment, conflict resolution skills, grades, and conduct in school. Find information about before-and-after school programs, community learning centers, and how Seattle Public Schools partners with PreK and before- and after-school programs to align our programs and improve student learning.
See a list of before and after school child care providers in Seattle Public Schools.
Our student discipline policies are designed to foster a climate of respect in which teachers can teach and children can learn. Learn more about the Basic Rules of Seattle Public Schools, our Code of Prohibited Conduct, and our procedures for responding firmly and fairly if it becomes necessary to administer disciplinary measures.
Educating our youngest learners PreK to 3rd Grade. Through partnerships and collaboration, the Early Learning department seeks to create an equitable system of early education, anchored in cultural relevance, effective instruction and whole-child development.
Head Start is a federally funded child development program for low-income children and their families. The Head Start programs in Seattle Public Schools serve three- and four-year-old children, offering half-day and full-day programs at various schools in the district.
English Language Learners
The English Language Learners and International Programs Department works collaboratively with all stakeholders to educate, prepare, and support our diverse student population, their families, and communities to thrive in our global society.
Family Support Workers
The Family Support Worker Program, located in our elementary schools, is committed to eliminating barriers to academic success by linking elementary school children and their families with needed community resources. Family Support Workers team up with others professionals—parents, educators, agencies, and community members—so that students can succeed in school.
Seattle Public Schools provides information and resources for families of students who are experiencing homeless.
The SPS is committed to keeping students in school and working with families to eliminate barriers that may cause students to miss school.
Each day, Seattle Public Schools serves nearly 30,000 meals, providing our students with the nutrition necessary for healthy growth and academic success.
The Huchoosedah Indian Education Program provides support for our Native students. Our goal is to help our students excel in academics while creating for them and their families, a sense of welcome, belonging and contribution.
Online Student Academic Support
Student Portals: Source and Schoology Seattle Public Schools provides students and their families the Source and Schoology to support academic achievement. Please visit the Student Portal page to learn more.
Online Student Resources Seattle Public Schools students have access to a wide variety of online resources including databases, encyclopedias, periodicals, eBooks, online versions of selected textbooks, and homework help from Seattle Public Library.
The Special Education department works collaboratively with school and District leaders, teachers, students, and families to provide the tools, guidance, supports, and services needed to ensure access and success for students with disabilities. Visit our special education webpage.
The mission of the Safety and Security Department is to assist the District in maximizing academic achievement for all students through the maintenance of a safe and secure environment.
We provide safe and efficient student transportation to many students attending our schools and HeadStart programs. We also provide information on safe walk-zones.