Update on High School Boundaries and Highly Capable Pathways

Dear Families,

The Seattle School Board discussed high school boundary changes again at the Jan. 3, 2018, board meeting and provided additional guidance to staff.

The Board requested maps, enrollment projections, budget and demographic impacts for two additional options: implementing highly capable (HC) pathways in every comprehensive high school by 2021, and HC pathways in three locations with Ingraham continuing as an HC optional site.

For both options, HC pathways in 2019 would be at Garfield, Lincoln and West Seattle with Ingraham’s International Baccalaureate Program as another option.

The requested maps, F version 4.2 and F version 6 were created for the High School Boundary Task Force to review at their meeting on Jan. 5. These maps can be viewed along with the projected enrollment information for multiple years on the High School Boundary Task Force meeting webpage.

A high school boundaries work session with the full board will be held on Jan. 10 to present the updated maps and feedback from the High School Boundaries Task Force and further narrow down the recommendation for introduction on Jan. 17 and the anticipated vote on Jan. 31.  

You are invited to attend the Jan. 10 work session and listen as staff presents the new boundary maps and related HC pathways (See the board meeting event entry). While public comment is not taken at board work sessions, 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.

To learn more about the high school boundary work, community engagement feedback and view all of the most recent and past maps, please visit the High School Boundary Changes webpage.

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).

The district will continue to keep families informed as boundary options are narrowed and in advance of School Board decisions.

Enrollment Planning