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    High School Boundaries Update from Jan. 3 Board Meeting
    Posted on 01/04/2018

    High School Boundary and Highly Capable Pathways Update

    In 2019-20, new high school boundaries will be implemented with the opening of Lincoln High School in north Seattle. Ingraham High School also will have a significant capacity increase due to construction of a building addition. As there is not currently a student attendance area for Lincoln, one will be established by reassigning students from other high schools. 

    At the same, the district has been working to address high school highly capable (HC) capacity challenges at Garfield, the current designated site for HC students, and honor many families’ requests for increased access to advanced learning opportunities across the district. The goal is to integrate any possible changes to high school HC pathways with implementation of new high school boundaries. Any changes to boundaries and HC pathways would begin in 2019-20.

    We recognize these conversations are challenging. The process of developing new high school boundaries is complex and very personal for many families. The goal is to find a solution that meets the needs for the most students as possible today and in the future.

    To provide advanced notice to families, district staff and the Seattle School Board are working to make high school boundary decisions before February 2018 Open Enrollment. This will ensure families of current 8th grade students, those that will be affected in their sophomore year of high school, will have clarity on their assignment for 10th grade. Staff is recommending that any student entering 11 or 12 grades in 2019-20 remain at their current school.

    Updates from Jan. 3 Board Meeting

    The Seattle School Board discussed high school boundary changes again at the Jan. 3, 2018, board meeting and provided additional guidance to staff.

    The Board requested maps, enrollment projections, budget and demographic impacts for two different high school HC options – HC pathways in every comprehensive high school by 2021 and HC pathways in three locations with Ingraham continuing as an optional HC site.

    For both scenarios, HC pathways in 2019 would be at Garfield (serving HC designated students from the south), Lincoln (serving HC designated students from the north), West Seattle (serving HC designated students from West Seattle) and with Ingraham’s International Baccalaureate Program as another option.

    The requested maps, F version 4.2 and F version 6 were created for the High School Boundary Task Force to review at their meeting on Jan. 5. These maps can be viewed along with the projected enrollment information for multiple years on the High School Boundary Task Force meeting webpage.

    A high school boundaries work session with the full board will be held on Jan. 10 to present the updated maps and feedback from the High School Boundaries Task Force and further narrow down the recommendation for introduction on Jan. 17 and the anticipated vote on Jan. 31.

    You are invited to attend the Jan. 10 work session and listen as staff presents the new boundary maps and related HC pathways. While public comment is not taken at board work sessions, families may sign up to give public testimony at the School Board Meetings on Jan. 17 and 31. To learn how to sign up for Board Meeting testimony, visit the school board webpage.

    Decision Timeline

    • Jan. 10: A high school boundaries work session with the full board to further narrow down a recommendation for the anticipated School Board vote on Jan. 31. See the board work session event entry.
    • Jan. 17: Final high school boundary maps and related high school highly capable pathways will be introduced formally to the School Board.
    • Jan. 20: Option School Choice Fair
    • Jan. 31: The Board will take action on the new high school boundaries and any changes to the high school HC pathways. This action will ensure families are aware of new high school boundaries before open enrollment, which is Feb. 5-16. 

    To learn more about the high school boundary work, community engagement feedback and view all of the most recent and past maps, please visit the High School Boundary Changes webpage.

    If you have questions about next steps for high school boundaries, please send them to growthboundaries@seattleschools.org opens an email client application opens an email client application. If you have questions about high school highly capable pathways, please send them to advlearn@seattleschools.org.

    You may also contact School Board Directors at SchoolBoard@seattleschools.org an email client application (all board directors and cabinet level staff) or SPSDirectors@seattleschools.org (only school board directors).

    The district will continue to keep families informed as boundary options are narrowed and in advance of School Board decisions.