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    Boundary Changes for Catharine Blaine and Lawton Under Discussion

    Updated Nov. 5, 2018​

    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.

    Board Work Session on Boundary Changes

    A School Board Work Session on boundary changes is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 19 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Public comment is not taken at work sessions, but community members are welcome to attend.

    Fall Community Meetings Held

    On Thursday, Oct. 25 and Thursday, Nov. 1, Enrollment Planning hosted community meetings to share information on Magnolia boundary scenarios, answer questions and collect community feedback. Approximately 50 families attended each meeting. No decisions have been made about Magnolia boundaries or grandfathering. The Seattle School Board will likely approve a decision in January 2019.

    What we heard

    • Some families would like to minimize the number of families impacted by boundary changes while others would like to prioritize capacity relief for Lawton and Catharine Blaine K-8.
    • Community members expressed concern that growing elementary enrollment would lead to middle school capacity problems.
    • Some parents are concerned about potential culture changes at Catharine Blaine K-8 if middle school enrollment increases.
    • Attendees pointed out that increased middle school seat availability at Catharine Blaine K-8 doesn’t guarantee that families will apply for those seats.
    • Families expressed preference for a dedicated 6-8 middle school in the Magnolia neighborhood or for Magnolia Elementary School or Catharine Blaine K-8 to transition to a 6-8 middle school.
    • Parents would like to have the option of sibling grandfathering so families with siblings stay at one school.
    • Some Lawton families are concerned that Scenario B disrupts the community by splitting current Lawton residents between two schools.
    • Some community members are concerned that boundary scenarios, especially Scenario C, assign a disproportionate amount of multi-family and rental housing to the new Magnolia attendance area.
    • Families in the new Magnolia boundaries expressed a desire for before and after care, Advanced Learning and PTA involvement at the new school.

    Community input from the meeting, as well as feedback received via email, will be compiled and shared with the Seattle School Board.

    Meeting materials (scenario maps updated with walk zones, Oct. 31.)

    Presentation adobe PDF icon  

    Maps: Scenario B adobe PDF icon    Scenario C adobe PDF icon     Scenario D adobe PDF icon

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    Next steps

    Nov. 19: School Board Work Session on boundary changes

    Dec. 6: School Board Operations Committee reviews staff recommendations

    Dec. 19 or Jan. 9: Depending on Operations Committee feedback, the recommendations on boundary changes and grandfathering will be introduced at a School Board meeting.

    Jan. 9 or Jan. 23: School Board takes action on the Magnolia boundary changes and grandfathering

    Feb. 4-15: 2019: Open Enrollment period. Complete School Choice forms to attend a school different than your student's attendance area school.

    September 2019: Magnolia Elementary opens; new boundaries are implemented

    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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