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Old 03-02-2013, 09:08 AM
 
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We are new to SPS (that is, still looking for a house/school). I'm finding it all very confusing, with the number of option schools, special programs, etc. Is there any resource I can visit that will spell out more clearly exactly what all of these mean? And lay out the process for enrollment, i.e. when it's an option school and not just the neighborhood school?

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G
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:15 AM
 
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Seattle Public Schools - Welcome To Seattle Public Schools

Under schools, the directory tells you which school is an option program, etc. Enrollment procedures are also on that website. If you want your child to go to an option school, the easiest way to do it is to enroll him/her at the very first opportunity to do that for kindergarten. Beyond that, some of the option schools have wait lists. My son went to TOPS( an option school)and we went to the school district headquarters with the paperwork as soon as enrollment was open. At all option school, they do have "tiebreakers" giving preference to students who live nearby or who have siblings attending that school.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:38 AM
 
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We are new to the area, as well. Check out the Seattle Public Schools website where you can plug in your address and find your home school, plus any options schools in the area. Open enrollment began Feb 24 I believe so you need to download the application and get your paperwork in asap (we have a doctor's appointment scheduled for Monday. yikes!). You'll need immunization forms, sign off from doctor, proof of residency, etc. If you haven't visited the schools in your zone, or others that are of interest to you, then check out their home sites to see if any tours are still available. If not, call and see if you can visit them this week. If you do not choose your home school, and instead prefer an options school, you will be in a lottery for that school. Like IRA500 stated, first choice goes to siblings/alumni, then kids who live in the "zone", then all other areas. Good luck!
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:55 PM
 
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thank you very much!! I was wondering one other thing...I hear bits and pieces about Spectrum host schools, but I can't seem to find a place that actually lists the schools that are housing Spectrum. Other than Hawthorne, does anyone know of a Spectrum program in the south end?

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Old 03-04-2013, 06:29 PM
 
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Its in that very link that IRA posted, right here: http://www.seattleschools.org/module...adca34bba0e2cd
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:45 PM
 
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Oh, I'm so embarrassed. Somehow I missed that. Thanks for reminding me!
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