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Open Enrollment for School Choice ends TODAY, Friday, March 6

Today, Friday, March 6, is the LAST DAY of Open Enrollment for school choice. The service center at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence is open until 4 p.m. You can also fax or email your forms (more info here)

Our enrollment page walks you through details of how to enroll your student and how to request a school other than your assigned school. On that page you can watch our enrollment videos for an overview of the process, use the new Assignment Look-up Tool to find out where your child is assigned, explore Seattle Public Schools' Option Schools and more. Find Special Education linked schools info here.

Note: Please use Adobe Acrobat for online forms. Forms may not work properly with Safari browser. For students new to Seattle Public Schools, Enrollment Services is in the process of emailing and, for those without email, sending student ID numbers for our newly enrolled students.

March 6, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Award-winning artwork from Seattle high school students

Artwork submitted by two Seattle Public Schools high school students were named Regional Award Winners, and three additional students received awards for their artwork in the Regional High School Art Show, an annual event hosted by the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD).

Regional Award Winners Ava Code-Williams from Garfield High School and Huo Xian Wu from Franklin High School will advance to the 42nd Annual State High School Art Show in Olympia. Code-Williams won for her scratchboard work "You Have Your Mother's Eyes." Xian Wu won for his wood piece "Pandora's Bowl"


March 6, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

SPS a state leader in College Bound Scholarship sign-ups

In a letter from Governor Jay Inslee, Seattle Public Schools was given a 2014 Gold Star Award for ”exemplary” performance in getting students signed up for the College Bound Scholarship Program. Seattle Public Schools signed up 100 percent of eligible eighth-graders.

The program is a state effort that commits scholarship money for college to low-income middle school students who graduate from high school and apply for college aid. Statewide, 89 percent of eligible eighth-graders signed up for the College Bound program.


March 5, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Teaching students "number sense"

Teaching math is one way that Seattle Public Schools prepares students for college and careers, and the new state-mandated Smarter Balanced assessments this spring will help teachers and school leaders keep track of student progress.

But math learning these days goes way beyond the worksheets of equations that parents might remember from when they were in school. The new academic standards emphasize “number sense,” meaning our teachers help our young students understand what numbers truly represent and how to apply them to real-world problems.

Seattle Public Schools teachers use small group discussions, hands-on objects, computer-based visuals and other strategies to really bring math alive in the classroom. Take a look at the engaging work happening in this third-grade classroom around learning fractions

March 3, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Seattle Public Schools examines school start and end times (bell schedule)

The Seattle School Board adopted a resolution last spring directing the Superintendent to analyze district systems to determine the feasibility and impacts of later start times for adolescents. School schedules are interdependent on numerous systemwide factors involving transportation, before and after school programs, staff contracts and family schedules. SPS is engaging stakeholders – teachers, students, principals, community partners and others – in order to determine the full benefits and consequences of changing start and end times.

A Bell Times Advisory Task Force with a wide range of representatives has begun the process of studying the issue and gathering input. The committee will ultimately provide analysis and recommendations to Superintendent Larry Nyland. The superintendent will develop a final recommendation based on district staff and community input, a detailed analysis on operational impacts, and the work of the task force, with additional opportunities for stakeholder input. The outcome of this work is to maximize the conditions for student learning, health and achievement.

A Bell Times Fact Sheet lists the current schedule of start and end times as well as a timeline for this work.

To learn more about this initiative, please visit the Bell Times Advisory Task Force web page at

March 2, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

District seeks input on new website

New changes are coming for the Seattle Public Schools website, and we’d like your input. Over the course of the next several months, the district will be transitioning to new software that runs the website and teacher/class pages. Subsequently, we will be redesigning the sites to better serve our families, staff and communities. These changes will not affect The Source.

To share your experience, recommendations and insight for a new website, including all school websites and teacher/classroom pages, we welcome you to take a few minutes to complete our quick survey at (also available in Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.) The survey is open until March 9, 2015.


Feb. 24, 2015 | Department of Technology Services | Phone: (206) 252-0305

Free SATs, low-cost IB and AP

Next Wednesday, Seattle Public Schools will be administering the SAT to all juniors during a regular school day at no cost. The SAT normally carries a fee of at least $52.50.

The district is offering this free SAT Day to open higher education opportunities to all students. More info here.

AP and IB: The Test Fee Reduction Program for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge Capstone program exams, gives students from low-income families a significant break on fees for taking these tests. This year's fee of $12 per exam is down by one-third from last year and applies to an unlimited number of AP exams. More information at 

Feb. 19, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

With “Planting the Seed,” TOPS eighth-graders learn about homelessness – and about themselves

students serving lunchDuring one week in February, eighth-graders from TOPS K-8 work with and for people experiencing homelessness and others in need. They sort fresh vegetables into bags at the Rainier Valley Food Bank. They serve coffee and doughnuts at the St. Francis House. They prepare food for and serve residents of the Compass Center. They make meals-to-go for Operation Sack Lunch.

This was the eighth year of the Planting the Seeds service-learning experience at TOPS. Planting the Seeds was created by Lori Eickelberg, who teaches seventh- and eighth-grade Language Arts.

Beyond helping those in need, Eickelberg wanted to give eighth-graders a chance to stretch in their relationship with peers, become more acquainted with the city and, in the words of the TOPS Mission Statement, “to understand and honor diversity, to respect and care for themselves and others, to be responsible.”


Feb. 19, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Our Excellent Guidance Counselors

The counseling teams at Madison and Denny middle schools each received a Career Guidance Award of Excellence 2015 from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The award recognizes middle and high schools that operate highly effective, inclusive guidance and counseling programs. Congratulations!

chart of Denny and Madison career guidance data

Feb. 19, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

New Thornton Creek School building construction update

Seattle Public Schools is moving forward with its plan to build the new Thornton Creek School at the site of the existing Stephen Decatur campus to house Thornton Creek K-5 students and staff.

The new school will be approximately 92,500 square feet and will accommodate up to 660 students. Construction is expected to start in summer 2015, and the new school building is scheduled to open in fall 2016.


Feb. 18, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Physical Education for every student

No student should be left out of physical education. In this video, learn about the great things they're doing in the Adapted P.E. Program at Green Lake Elementary to make P.E. accessible for students with disabilities. Get ready to be inspired.

Feb. 18, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

New Arbor Heights Elementary being constructed

Drawing of New Arbor Heights SchoolSeattle Public Schools is moving forward with plans for a new building at the Arbor Heights Elementary School site to welcome K-5 students to an Environmental Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (E-STEM) program. The new school is scheduled to open for the 2016-17 school year.

The new school will be approximately 89,000 square feet and accommodate 660 students. It will house four small learning communities that include individual classrooms surrounding an open-shared learning area and an Idea Lab.


Feb. 5, 2015 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

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