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    Why and How Are School Boundaries Changed?




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    Upcoming boundary changes

    Sometimes changes to school attendance area boundaries* are needed to balance student enrollment. They are necessary because of growth in the number of students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. The district is also growing the space available for students by building new or replacement schools, modernizing and opening closed buildings, and constructing additions at some schools.

    Boundary changes for many attendance area elementary and middle schools were approved by the School Board in 2013 as part of the Growth Boundaries project and are being implemented over time. Additional boundary changes are developed and implemented when additional school capacity becomes available by opening schools or building addition, including high school boundary changes approved for 2019-20.

    Boundary changes for 2019-20

    The School Board has approved boundary changes to Catharine Blaine K-8 School and Lawton Elementary School. These changes are necessary to establish an attendance area for Magnolia Elementary School. Magnolia Elementary opens in 2019.

    The School Board has approved a change to the attendance areas for Jane Addams and Robert Eagle Staff middle schools. This change came out of the discussions regarding capacity challenges for Robert Eagle Staff Middle School.

    The Seattle School Board has approved high school boundary changes that will begin in 2019-20. These changes are related to the opening of Lincoln High School and impact Ballard, Ingraham and Roosevelt high schools. Details on high school boundary changes.

    There will be no changes to the Maple Elementary and Van Asselt Elementary boundaries in 2019-20. Community engagement about boundaries for these schools and others in the southeast region will begin in spring 2019. More information is available on the Southeast Elementary Schools page.

    Approved Elementary Boundary Changes for 2020-21

    As part of the Growth Boundaries Project, the Seattle School Board approved changes to the boundaries of Maple Elementary, Van Asselt Elementary and Wing Luke Elementary. Read more.


    *An attendance area school is the school to which students in elementary, middle and high-school are assigned, based on where they live. You can look up the attendance area schools for your address using the Address Lookup Tool. 

    Last updated: Jan. 11, 2019


    How to check on approved boundary changes for your attendance area school

    Click on your attendance area school in the table below to go to the year when approved boundary changes go into effect. If your attendance area elementary, K-8 or middle school is not listed, boundary changes are not scheduled at your school.

    Elementary and K-8 schools

    Middle schools

    High schools were not included in the 2013 Growth Boundaries project. However, because the two high schools in West Seattle have boundaries aligned with the middle schools, there are boundary changes for Chief Sealth International and West Seattle high schools. We will begin reviewing high school boundaries in 2017.


    Last updated: 9/14/2016