Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Information On Seattle Public Schools Student Assignment Plan And High School Boundary 

A Laurelhurst neighbor would like to share from the recent Seattle Public School "Beat newsletter:"

 Student Assignment Plan   and High School Boundary 

Teacher talks with students.
We want to hear from you about the Student Assignment Plan and High School Boundaries!
The City of Seattle is growing rapidly. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, in the past year, on average, nearly 57 people moved to the city every day, and many of those moving here include families.
In the past 10 years, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) has grown by 8,000 students. While our rapid growth is stabilizing, we are running to catch up and ensure enough high school capacity.
In the 2019-20 school year, SPS will reopen Lincoln High School, a comprehensive high school in Northwest Seattle. Reopening Lincoln will require redrawing of the high school boundaries, which identifies the district areas that will feed into each high school.
At the same time, we are making updates to the Student Assignment Plan (SAP). The SAP ensures that students have access to the services they need and outlines options for programs and enrollment outside students' designated schools. One area of review is Advanced Learning.
These bodies of work (High School Boundaries, SAP, and Advanced Learning opportunities) are interconnected and require community engagement. Over the course of the next couple months, district staff will be asking stakeholders for ideas, analyzing impacts and making final recommendations to the School Board.
SAP recommendations are planned to go before the School Board on Nov. 1. Any recommended changes to High School Advanced Learning will not go into effect until the 2019-20 school year.
We anticipate High School Boundary recommendations will be introduced on Jan. 3, 2018, to the School Board. The approved high school boundaries will go into effect in the 2019-20 school year with the reopening of Lincoln High School. School Board meetings are open to the public. 
Our number one goal through this process is to create the best educational experience for all of more than 53,000 SPS students.
The district is also committed to keeping students, families and staff informed and engaged every step of the way through this process.

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