Updated 1:45 p.m. The Seattle School Board voted last night to adopt the final boundary map to redraw the high school boundaries for the 2019-20 school year.
They were voting on the draft map Fv4.3 (pdf), but they also voted in favor of two amendments to the map — which we’ve now been able to confirm.
So take the map linked above and make these two changes:
1. The northern boundary remains at NW 85th St., but a last-minute verbal amendment makes an adjustment. Families inside the Loyal Heights Elementary boundary — north of NW 85th St. to the west of 28th Ave. NW — will be included in Ballard High School’s attendance area. Here’s the current Loyal Heights Elementary boundary:
2. The board also passed an amendment to the draft map that keeps “Reference Area B” (.pdf) inside the Ballard boundary. This is a slice of Phinney that is currently inside the Ballard boundary: 3rd Ave. to the west, 70th St. to the north, Greenwood Ave/Phinney Ave to the east, 46th St then NW Market St then NW 50th street to the south.
After you make those changes, the Fv4.3 map stands. That means a southern portion of the West Woodland neighborhood, beneath Leary Way, moves to Lincoln High School. And Magnolia remains inside the Ballard High boundaries.
Yes, this is all very confusing, and the district tells us the final map will be published “late today or tomorrow.” (It’s also in the middle of dealing with a school bus strike). We will publish the final map as soon as it’s available.
All in all, the map appears to be mostly a win for the Ballard area, especially if you compare it with some of the early drafts of the boundaries: one drew the northern line at 80th St., and another moved everyone to the southeast of BHS — even across the street — over to Lincoln.
The board also passed an amendment to move the north-end Dual Language Immersion high school pathway from Ingraham to Lincoln in 2019-20.
The boundaries were redrawn to accommodate the addition of Lincoln High School opening in Wallingford and Ingraham High School expanding in 2019.
(We’ve corrected this post to include the Loyal Heights Elementary and Reference Area B amendments. We apologize for the confusion.)