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    Boundary Changes for Catharine Blaine and Lawton Under Discussion

    Updated Oct. 11, 2018​

    Fall Community Meetings Scheduled

    Magnolia Elementary is scheduled to open in fall 2019 to provide more elementary school capacity in the Magnolia area. The construction team reports that the project is on schedule.

    Opening Magnolia Elementary will provide relief from over-crowding at Catharine Blaine K-8 and Lawton Elementary School. It will also address projected growth in the future. In addition, it will provide more middle school seats at Catharine Blaine.

    During September, your principals have been meeting with Magnolia Elementary School Principal, Katie Cryan Leary, the district’s Enrollment Planning team, and parent representatives to examine additional boundary scenarios for Magnolia Elementary.

    We would like to share these scenarios with you at community meetings and hear your feedback.

    Please join us and encourage other parents to attend. The content will be the same at both meetings.

    Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

    Lawton Elementary (Commons)

    4000 27th Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98199

    Thursday, Nov. 1, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

    Catharine Blaine K–8 (Cafeteria)

    2550 34th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199

    No decisions have been made about the Magnolia Elementary attendance area. The presumption remains that the eastern boundary will be 15th Ave. NW.

    No decisions have been made about program placement, grandfathering or transportation. We anticipate that the Seattle School Board will make these decisions and boundary decisions, in January 2019.

    Meeting materials will be posted by Oct. 24, 2018.

    If you have questions or comments, please email us at

    ​Previous Updates

    Magnolia Elementary School is now scheduled to open in fall 2019, and we have several updates to the information we shared during community meetings last year:

    • A six-classroom addition is now planned for Coe Elementary and is scheduled to be completed for fall 2021. It is anticipated that this addition will allow Coe to accommodate its current enrollment.
    • The western boundary of the Coe Elementary attendance area is proposed to continue to be 15th Avenue West, but it is possible that there will be future boundary changes for Coe and John Hay Elementary to address future capacity needs. 15th Avenue West is now the presumed eastern boundary of the Lawton and Magnolia Elementary attendance areas.
    • Previously, there were discussions about Queen Anne Elementary’s status as an option school. We propose keeping Queen Anne Elementary an option school.
      To create an attendance area for Magnolia Elementary, boundary changes will be recommended for Catharine Blaine K-8 and Lawton Elementary.
    • McClure will continue to be the attendance area middle school for students living in both the Queen Anne and Magnolia communities. Catharine Blaine will remain a K-8 and offer additional space for students who apply for school choice during Open Enrollment. No decisions have been made about the Magnolia Elementary attendance area, except for the presumption that it will have 15th Avenue West as its eastern boundary.
    • No decisions have been made about grandfathering, transportation, or program placement. We anticipate the School Board will make these decisions, along with boundary decisions, in December 2018 or January 2019.
    Community meetings were held on June 11 and June 13, 2018, to discuss this information. Spring community meetings summary

    Summaries from 2017 Community Meetings

    This is an archive of the meetings held in 2017 about Magnolia/Queen Anne boundary changes. The schedule for opening Magnolia Elementary School changed after the June meeting, and these discussions were put on hold.

    June 21, 2017 Update

    May 5, 2017 Update

    April 7, 2017 Update

    March 31, 2017 Update

    March 17, 2017 Update


    Information Used in Studying Boundary Scenarios


    Enrollment Reports



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