2019-20 High School Boundary and Highly Capable Update (1/12/18)

Dear Families:

In 2019-20, new high school boundaries will be implemented with the opening of Lincoln High School in North Seattle. Ingraham High School also will have a significant capacity increase due to a building expansion.

At the Jan. 10 work session, the School Board reviewed and discussed two possible 2019-20 high school boundary maps (Fv4.2 and Fv6). The School Board agreed on and requested one map be presented for introduction to the board on Jan. 17 with four additional areas to be discussed further. This new map, referred to as Fv4.3 was developed in response to feedback from the Jan. 10 board work session. You can view the new map Fv4.3 and additional areas for discussion here and learn more by visiting our district homepage.

In addition, on Jan. 17, the School Board will continue discussion of the assignment pathways for high school students designated as highly capable (HC). The board is considering three regional pathway schools for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years:

  • Lincoln High School as the guaranteed pathway for students in the North
  • Garfield High School as the guaranteed pathway for students in the South
  • West Seattle High School as the guaranteed pathway for students in West Seattle
  • Ingraham as a choice assignment option, available to all highly capable students who apply through Open Enrollment

Then, for students designated as highly capable who enter high school in 2021-22 and beyond, the Board is considering a resolution that calls for serving these students in their neighborhood attendance area schools. Information about the resolution can be found at this link.

Timeline for Boundaries and HC Pathways

  • Jan. 17: The new Fv4.3 high school boundary map and three HC pathways will be introduced formally to the School Board. A resolution on high school HC pathways will also be introduced.
  • Jan. 20: Option School Choice Fair.
  • Jan. 31: The board is scheduled to take action on the new high school boundaries and any changes to the high school HC pathways. This action will ensure families are aware of new high school boundaries before open enrollment, which is Feb. 5-16

If you have questions about next steps for high school boundaries, please send them to If you have questions about high school HC pathways, please send them to

You may also contact School Board Directors at (all board directors and cabinet-level staff) or (only school board directors).

Families may sign up to give public testimony at the School Board Meetings on Jan. 17 and 31. To learn how to sign up for Board Meeting testimony, visit the school board webpage. You may also watch board meetings live.

The district will continue to keep families informed of progress and in advance of School Board decisions.

Enrollment Planning Department