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Open enrollment begins for Seattle Public Schools

Posted by Kate Bergman on March 16th, 2011

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 following locations from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

• Ballard Library March 17
• Green Lake Library March 21
• Northgate Library March 22
• Denise Louie Education Center March 23
• Delridge Library March 28
• Queen Anne Library March 29
• Lake City Library March 30
• Broadview Library March 31



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3 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 G Love // Mar 16, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Have any parents who did the early enrollment received their letters yet, telling them their assignments? The website mentioned the letters would come before March 15th, but we haven’t received any word yet.

  • 2 Marmot // Mar 17, 2011 at 11:58 am

    No, we haven’t heard anything yet! I’ve been stressing about that. If anyone has news, please post it!

  • 3 Susan // Mar 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Have you heard yet? I received a letter saying my child would continue with his current school. Hopefully all the letters have gone out.