Enrolling in a Seattle Public School Other Than Your Assigned School
Location, location, location: an oft-repeated foundation for picking the perfect house. How far is it from your job? Are there grocery stores nearby? Parks? How about the views? All of these considerations get thrown out the window once you have to determine where to send your kids to school. Should you keep them enrolled in their assigned school designated by where you live? Or should you opt for Seattle’s School Choice program? Many reasons for why you may choose to send your child to a school other than their location-based assigned school exist, but here we will review the options available when choosing the appropriate school for your child.
Schools you may be interested in outside of your locally assigned one include option schools, alternative learning experience schools, or schools with programs such as Montessori, Spectrum, and Highly Capable or Advanced Learning programs.
It’s important to note that choosing a school for your child affects not only their growth and education, but also your family ties to the community. From Parent Teacher Organizations to participation in extracurricular activities, schools provide bonds for parents just as they do for their students.
If you are from a Francophone nation, for example, immersion schools can help preserve your cultural heritage by teaching your child core subjects, as well as the French language and cultural practices. As a parent, you’ll be sure to find a niche community of other Francophiles to enrich your own enjoyment of your child’s education.
Perhaps you would like a small student-to-teacher ratio, a diverse school, or a school that excels in STEM studies. If your home is located outside of these district areas, you have the ability to submit an application for Open Enrollment if there is a particular school you believe your child would perform their best academically. From behavioral issues to children who are advanced learners, the school options in Seattle cover a wide breadth of needs-based education facilities.
Importantly, make sure to submit all necessary paperwork on time during the Open Enrollment period. This way, your child will have the best chance of being admitted to their top school of choice. While these deadlines are subject to change, the Open Enrollment period ended May 31, 2017 to be considered for the 2017-2018 school year. Be prompt and timely with your submissions and you’ll have a great chance at finding the school that fits your family’s needs.
With the staggering number of public school programs available in Seattle for those who live out of their preferred geographically based zones, the robust process of Open Enrollment guides you through how to gain admission to the right K-12 school for your child.
If you’re new to the Seattle area and need guidance with the delicate balance of home location and assigned schools, please contact us. We would love to help your child and your family find the perfect fit – after all, when it comes to education, one size certainly doesn’t fit all.