Open Enrollment begins for Seattle Public Schools

If your child will enter the Seattle Public School system this year, or if you want a school other than your attendance-area elementary, middle or high school, be sure to apply through Open Enrollment, which runs today, March 15, through April 15.

Forms and detailed information are available at the Seattle Public Schools site. Families may also contact an Enrollment Facilitator at the Service Center at the John Stanford Center, 2445 3rd Ave S (3rd and Lander), via telephone at (206) 252-0010, or via fax to (206) 252-0761. There is also a Recorded Information Line at (206) 252-0410.

Registration and application materials may be mailed, faxed or submitted in person. The mailing address is:

Seattle Public Schools
SPS Service Center
MS 11-174
P.O. Box 34165
Seattle, WA 98124-1165

All school choice forms received during open enrollment are processed together after open enrollment ends on April 15. There is no advantage to submitting forms earlier or later during the open enrollment period. The first few days and the last few days of open enrollment are the busiest. To avoid long lines, families are encouraged by SPS to consider this when planning their visit to the enrollment center.

Current students may drop off School Choice Forms in a 24-hour drop box in the JSCEE parking lot at 3rd and Lander. Forms must be filled out completely and signed to be accepted. The drop-off box is only for school choice forms for current students who already have a school assignment but would like to apply for a different school. New students must submit enrollment materials either in person, by fax or email.

Seattle Public Schools enrollment staff will also visit libraries and community centers around the city throughout March so parents may enroll new students and/or submit School Choice Forms for the 2011-12 school year. Staff will be at the Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) on Thursday, March 17, 5:30 – 7 p.m.


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Dave
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Dave

‘school choice’ forms? I wish we had another choice to SPS.

Fred
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Fred

It’s called move. I hate you fucking whiners that move into Seattle only to bitch about the schools. Fuck off.

angeline
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angeline

I hate that some people think an appropriate answer for anyone dismayed about the state of Seattle’s schools is “move.” So, those of us who like everything about living in Seattle except the schools should just pack our bags? There’s no possibility that people could work on the problems with the schools and make them better?

And Dave, sorry if you have had a bad experience. My results with SPS have been mixed, ranging from great to horrible. There is wiggle room even in the current assignment plan. Depending on the age of your kid, ability to provide transportation, and some other stuff you can probably get out of whatever school you consider totally unacceptable.

Dave
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Dave

Wow, did you learn your manners at SPS too?

Paul Forgey
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Paul Forgey

Really depends on the district. If you are in a low income area where parents aren’t willing or able to be involved, especially where most of the kids will be undisciplined and require remedial education holding your kid back, you are likely to have much worse luck. My sister moved from Rainier Beach to Sunset Hills to be in a better district for her daughter starting Kindergarten. The first years are critical to long term success. If you have a bad start, you are pretty much screwed.

Encouraging parents to become involved, while a good thing, only works when it is just more than a small handful of parents.

angeline
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angeline

Paul, Sunset Hill is still in the Seattle school district. There are many good schools throughout the district, but your chances of hitting a good one north of downtown are so much greater than in south Seattle.

Fred
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Fred

Paul, you sound like a skinhead. Usually, dumb kids come from dumb parents.