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The school district is changing school assignments & asks the community for feedback

September 22nd, 2009 by Thea

The Seattle School District is changing how it assigns students to schools. Beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year, each school in the district will be drawn new boundaries and students will be assigned to a school based on where they live.

Up until now many factors, including familial preference, have been major factors in school assignment, but now that is going to change. The district’s new student assignment plan that was approved back in June, will be given a first-look by students and parents at the October 6 Seattle Public Schools school board workshop.

Following the plan introduction, there will be informational meetings around the city in different neighborhoods. Magnolia and Queen Anne residents are invited to attend a community feedback meeting on Monday, October 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at McClure Middle School. After numerous community meetings, a final vote on the plan will take place on November 18.

Although The Center School is located in Seattle Center, many Queen Anne and Magnolia residents currently enroll in neighboring Ballard High School.

Under the new plan, students will receive initial assignments to elementary, middle or high schools in their attendance areas, based on their home addresses. Although students may apply to schools outside their attendance area, those assignments will be based on capacity and a number of district “tiebreakers.”

The transition to the new plan will be begin in the 2010-2011 school year. Students currently enrolled at schools outside their attendance areas will be allowed to stay at those schools through the highest grade level, a process called “grandfathering.” A series of other tiebreakers will be used to determine final assignment, and these include preference to students who have siblings currently enrolled at the school, as well as a lottery system.

Download a PDF version of the plan here.

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