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The Today File

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May 29, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Seattle Public Schools discusses possible school and program changes

Now that its construction levy has passed, Seattle Public Schools is starting to discuss how school boundaries will change as the district builds new schools to house its growing enrollment.

In a school board work session today, the staff is presenting initial recommendations — not about boundaries yet, but about possible changes to schools and programs that could affect boundary discussions.

A few highlights:

  • Three of the elementary schools that offer dual-language programs — Beacon Hill International, John Stanford International and McDonald International — would become option schools, meaning that students throughout a wider region could apply to attend them.  Right now, those schools are neighborhood schools, with guaranteed spots for students who live within their attendance boundaries.
  •  Spreading the Accelerated Progress Program (APP), designed for the most academically advanced students, to more schools.
  •  K-5 STEM at Boren would find a permanent home at Schmitz Park Elementary, after Schmitz Park Elementary moves to a new building being constructed at the district’s Genesee Hill site.

The discussions on these and other changes are just getting underway.  No final decisions will be made until late this year, after the public has a chance to weigh in.

For more detail, there’s a draft of the district PowerPoint for this afternoon’s meeting.

 

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