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    Changes for 2019-20 School Year

    Seattle Public Schools will open Lincoln High School in September 2019. At this time, it is expected that Lincoln will be an attendance area high school — one to which students will be initially assigned based on where they live. As there is not currently an attendance area for Lincoln, one will be established by reassigning areas from other high schools.

    Ingraham High School will also have a significant capacity increase in 2019 due to construction of an addition. This may also impact current high school boundaries.

    High School Boundary Task Force was formed in April 2017 to develop high school boundary options that address the opening of Lincoln, future enrollment growth and physical space demands. The task force created 10 draft boundary scenarios between April and September following these guiding principles.

    The task force has narrowed the scenarios to one preferred option. The task force also has provided two other options to be considered. Ultimately, the Seattle School Board will make the decision as to new high school boundaries.

    Review the task force recommendations: scenario descriptions and maps.

    Please share your feedback

    Regional meetings in October and November

    Regional community open houses were held to answer questions and share information on high school boundary recommendations, as well as upcoming changes to the Student Assignment Plan including special education, school choice and advanced learning options in high school.

    Community survey

    This survey is an opportunity for you to share your top priorities as we make adjustments to the current boundary scenarios and provide any additional feedback that should be considered by district staff and the School Board. The listed priorities include those developed by the High School Boundary Task Force and values shared by families, staff and students at the recent community meetings. The survey will close on November 27.

    Take the High School Boundaries Community Survey

    Adjustments will be made to the boundary scenarios based on feedback from families via email, the survey, open house meetings, and other channels. Adjustments will also be made in response to any School Board approved changes to the Highly Capable (HC) pathways. If changes are made to high school HC pathways they will be implemented in the 2019-20 school year in alignment with the opening of Lincoln High School.

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    Timeline for high school boundary decisions

    April 2017: High School Boundary Task Force formed — includes district staff, high school principals, parents and representatives from community organizations.

    April–October 2017: Task force works on recommendations. Preferred scenarios posted.

    October and November 2017: Community feedback period. Comments collected through email, survey and community open houses on Oct. 23, 26 and 30, and Nov. 8 and 9.

    Week of Oct. 30, 2017 After Nov. 9: Online survey available. Survey link sent and posted. We determined that it was better to wait until all regions have an opportunity to weigh in at the community open houses before launching the survey. Thank you for your patience. The final open house is on Thursday, Nov. 9. The survey will be available within a few days after that meeting.

    November 2017: Task force members and Enrollment Planning team review and consider feedback to determine what adjustments should be made to scenarios.

    End of November: Enrollment Planning staff prepares recommended high school boundary change scenario to present to School Board.

    Dec. 7, 2017: High school boundary change options and recommendations presented to Seattle School Board Operations Committee. This committee decides if the options are ready to present to the full School Board.

    December 2017: Community meeting at John Stanford Center to share the recommendation presented to the Board Operations Committee on Dec. 7.

    Jan. 3, 2018: Expected date that recommendations will be presented to full School Board at Board Meeting.

    Jan. 17, 2018: Expected date Seattle School Board will vote on the high school boundaries at the School Board meeting.

    Fall 2019: Changes to high school boundaries implemented.

      Last updated: 11/14/2017


      Provide Feedback on High School Boundary Changes

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      Take the community survey