Seattle Public Schools open enrollment begins

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 Queen Anne Library, located at 400 W Garfield St., on Tuesday, March 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Time to plan for Seattle Public School tours

As the kids get back into the swing of school this week, parents whose children are entering kindergarten, middle school or high school this fall need to start thinking about the 2011-2012 school year.

The Seattle Public Schools changed its student assignment plan beginning in Fall 2010. Under the plan, all children within a school’s boundary area will be guaranteed a spot at that school, but parents can still apply to other schools during open enrollment from March 15 to March 31.

Here are the tour dates for Queen Anne service-area schools:

Coe Elementary (K-5)–2424 7th Avenue W, (206) 252-2000
Tours are currently scheduled for January 14 in the morning, and January 24 in the afternoon. The school is considering scheduling an evening open house, but no date has yet been set. Please contact Coe for more information.

John Hay Elementary (K-5)–201 Garfield Street, 98109, (206) 252-2100
Day Tours: Feb 15, Mar 1–9:30-11:00 a.m.
Evening Tour: Feb 17–6:00-8:00 p.m. Please meet in the Cafeteria

Queen Anne Elementary–4400 Interlake Avenue N, 98103, (206) 252-2480
Day Tours: Feb 1, 8–10:00-11:15 a.m.
Evening Open House: Feb 17–6:30-7:45 p.m

Catharine Blaine (K-8)–2550 34th Avenue W, (206) 252-1920
Informational Evening: March 10 – 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Grade K-5 Tours: March 9, 10 – 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Middle School Tour (grades 6-8): March 24 – 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Lawton Elementary (K-5)–4000 27th Avenue W, 98199, (206) 252-2130
Tours: Please contact the school for tour information.

McClure Middle School (6-8)–1915 1st Avenue W, 98119, (206) 252-1900
Day Tours: Jan 13, 27, March 17 – 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Evening Tour: March 24 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Ballard High School (9-12)–1418 NW 65th Street
8th Grade Open House: Feb 3 – 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Tours: Feb 8, 16, March 1 – 8:15-10:00 a.m.

The Center School (9-12)–305 Harrison Street, 98109, (206) 252-9850
Open Houses: Feb 10, March 3 – 6:00-7:30 p.m. The Center School requires attendance at an evening Open
House prior to attending a day time tour. Sign up sheets for day time tours will be available at the Open Houses.

If you want to know about other Seattle Public School tour dates, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Seattle Public Schools Open Enrollment at Queen Anne Library Tuesday, March 30

Seattle Public Schools will be hosting in-person Open Enrollment at the Queen Anne Library, located at 400 W Garfield St., next Tuesday, March 30 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The Open Enrollment period ends on Wednesday, March 31. Those interested in enrolling in-person will need to bring their registration and/or application forms with them to the in-person sign up. (Read up on Queen Anne’s new Option school, Queen Anne Elementary, here).

If you’d like to enroll before next week, Open Enrollment will be happening at the Magnolia Library, located at 2801 34th Ave W, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. tonight, Monday, March 22, as well as the Ballard Library, located at 5614 22nd Ave NW, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.