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    2019-20 High School Boundaries

    Updated Feb. 4, 2018​

    School Board approves new high school boundaries to begin in 2019-20​

    At their regular meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 31, the Seattle School Board approved high school boundaries for implementation in the 2019-20 school year. There are no high school boundary changes for the 2018-19 school year.

    • All 9th graders in fall of 2019 will be assigned to their attendance area high school based on the approved 2019-20 boundaries.
    • All 9th graders attending Ballard or Roosevelt in 2018-19 as their attendance area school and who live in areas that are changing to the Lincoln High School attendance area in the fall of 2019 will be geo-split, meaning they will start 10th grade at Lincoln High School.
    • Any student may apply to another high school through school choice. Seats are based on space available.

    Approved 2019-20 high school boundary map
    Approved 2019-20 Ballard attendance area map
    Approved 2019-20 Ingraham attendance area map
    Approved 2019-20 Lincoln attendance area map
    Approved 2019-20 Roosevelt attendance area map

    Highly Capable Changes

    Changes were also approved for high school Highly Capable (HC) pathways. Beginning in 2019-20, there will be three HC pathways: a north pathway at Lincoln High School, a central/southeast pathway at Garfield High School and a southwest pathway at West Seattle High School. The IBX program at Ingraham High School remains as an optional pathway.

    All students in the HC pathways at Garfield and Ingraham will be grandfathered. HC students from West Seattle who are currently in 6th and 7th grade at Washington Middle School can continue to Garfield instead of moving to the new southwest pathway.

    Additionally, HC or HC-eligible students entering 10th grade in 2019-20 may opt into Lincoln if they are at Garfield or at their attendance area school and live within the Lincoln HC pathway, even if they were not in HCC in 8th grade.

    Dual Language Immersion changes

    A change to the high school north end dual language immersion (DLI) pathway was approved. Lincoln will be the new DLI pathway school beginning in 2019-20. It will start with 9th grade. Students entering 10th grade in Ingraham's DLI pathway in 2019-20 can also opt to attend Lincoln. Students in the DLI pathway at Ingraham will be grandfathered, but new 9th graders will not be assigned to DLI at Ingraham beginning in 2019-20.

    Opening of Lincoln High School

    Lincoln will open with grades 9 and 10 only in the 2019-20 school year. The information below outlines the grades to be served at Lincoln until the school reaches full scale in 2021-22.

    Lincoln Grade Implementation Plan

    • In 2019-20, Lincoln High School will serve students in grades 9 and 10 only. New students in grades 11 and 12 will be assigned to their attendance area high school based on the 2017-18 high school boundaries.
    • In 2020-21, Lincoln High School will serve students in grades 9, 10, and 11 only. New students in grade 12 will be assigned to their attendance area high school based on the 2017-18 high school boundaries.
    • In 2021-22, Lincoln High School will serve students in all grades.

    High School Grandfathering Plan Summary

    The following students will be allowed to stay in their current assignments. When the new boundaries and pathways take effect in 2019-20:

    • All students in the Highly Capable (HC) pathways at Garfield and Ingraham will be grandfathered.
    • HC students from West Seattle who are currently in 6th and 7th grade at Washington Middle School can continue to Garfield instead of moving to the new southwest pathway.
    • All 11th and 12th graders in areas that have a changing attendance area assignment in fall 2019 will be grandfathered.
    • All 10th graders in areas that have a changing attendance area assignment, but not to Lincoln High School, will be grandfathered at their existing assignment. This applies to students who would be moving from Roosevelt to Ingraham.

    Board action, amendments and resolution

    The Board Action Report with the Fv4.3 map and associated implementation plan was approved with amendment. 

    • Amendment 1 passed
    • Amendment 2 passed
    • Amendment 3 withdrawn
    • Amendment 4 passed
    • Amendment 5 passed
    • Amendment 6, passed — added from the dais to include the area of the Loyal Heights boundary above 85th and to the west of 28th Ave in the 2019-20 Ballard High school attendance area.

    The resolution to have HC in all high schools by 2021-22 was replaced by a substitute resolution.

    The substitute resolution to put together a plan to serve HC students in all schools passed.

    Background

    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 is being 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 will also impact current high school boundaries. In order to provide as much advance notice as possible, district staff and the Seattle School Board worked to make high school boundary decisions before the February 2018 open enrollment for School Choice period for the 2018-19 school year. While high school boundaries will not change until fall 2019, this year’s grade 8 students will be impacted in their sophomore year, and families have requested clarity on high school boundaries so that they can make choices for 9th grade based on their planned assignment for 10th grade.

    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, and shared a preferred option and two alternatives in September. These top three scenarios were the starting point for community conversations about high school boundaries.

    Feedback Collected

    Regional community open houses were held to answer questions and share information on high school boundary recommendations in October and November. A community survey provided an opportunity for families to rate their top priorities as this work continues and to provide any additional feedback that should be considered by district staff and the School Board.

    The Board Action Report for the Jan. 17 Board Meeting includes Attachment M, which provides a summary of all feedback received through comment cards, survey comments and email.

      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.

      November 2017: Community survey link sent and posted. The survey can be taken in alternate languages by selecting your language in the upper right corner.

      November 2017: Task force members and Enrollment Planning team review and consider feedback (from open houses, email messages and survey) to determine what adjustments should be made to scenarios.

      November 2017: Advanced Learning Department released recommendations on high school Highly Capable (HC) pathways

      November 2017 – January 2018: Task force members, Enrollment Planning team and School Board Directors review and consider feedback (from open houses, email messages and survey) to determine what adjustments should be made to scenarios.

      Dec. 7, 2017: Initial scenarios for high school boundary changes presented to Seattle School Board Operations Committee. This committee decides if the options should be presented to the full School Board.

      Dec. 14, 2017: High School Boundary Task Force meeting. Additional scenarios posted on task force page.

      Jan. 3, 2018: Discussion of high school boundary changes at School Board Meeting. No recommendation made.

      Jan. 5, 2018:
      High school boundary task force meeting.

      Jan. 10, 2018: School Board work session on high school boundary changes. New scenario requested by School Board. Jan. 17, 2018: High school boundary changes will be introduced at the School Board meeting. The meeting agenda and materials have been posted.
      Jan. 31, 2018: Expected date for School Board action on high school boundary changes.

      Feb. 5-16, 2018: Open enrollment period for School Choice. <more information>

      Fall 2018: No changes to high school boundaries.

      Fall 2019: Changes to high school boundaries implemented.


        Last updated: 2/4/18