New School Attendance Boundaries for Elementary and Middle Schools Proposed for 2014-2015
Importantly, a new boundary is proposed for John Hay to align with school capacity and reduce overcrowding. Currently,Hay’s south boundary extends to James St. downtown and east boundary extends to I-5. The district’s proposal moves the south and southeast boundary streets to Denny and Broad. Bell town, Downtown and South Lake Union neighborhoods would be in the attendance area for Lowell Elementary in Capitol Hill.
Map Links: Proposed John Hay boundary map and Current John Hay boundary map and Proposed Lowell boundary map
How can I get involved?
- Learn More
- Attend an info session during the next 2 weeks to provide feedback, learn and ask questions.
Tuesday, September 24, 6:30 –8:00 @ Nathan Hale High School Commons, 10750 30th Avenue NE
Wednesday, September 25, 6:30 –8:00 @ West Seattle High School Commons, 3000 California Ave SW
Monday, September 30, 6:30 – 8:00@ Meany lunchroom, 300 20th Ave. E
Tuesday, October 1, 6:30 – 8:00 @Ballard High School Commons, 1418 NW 65 St
**We would like to have John Hay representation at all of these meetings**
How has the John Hay boundary been affected?
Currently, the south boundary extends to James St. and east boundary extends to I-5. The newly proposed south and southeast boundary streets are Denny and Broad. The boundary has been redrawn to align with the school's capacity. Bell town, Downtown and South Lake Union neighborhoods would be in Lowell Elementary School’s attendance area.
What if I live outside of the new boundary?
The school board will approve an implementation plan after the boundaries are finalized. Historically, currently enrolled students have remained at their 2013-2014 school through the highest grade (for example 5th grade at Hay) then assigned to their attendance area middle school.
What if I have an incoming sibling and we live outside of the new boundary?
The school board will approve an implementation plan after the boundaries are finalized. Historically, siblings are assigned to the new attendance school. Families can request siblings be assigned to older child's current school during open enrollment but are not guaranteed a spot. Families may also choose to move the older sibling to the younger sibling’s new attendance area school. The implementation plan will be approved by board after the proposed boundaries are approved.
What if I have a 5th grader at John Hay this year and I live outside the boundary?
For 6th grade in 2014-2015, your child would be assigned to your attendance area middle school. If you are outside the McClure service area, then you would be assigned to your attendance area middle school.
Why did John Hay’s boundary change?
John Hay has over 550 students enrolled and is overcapacity. The proposed boundaries were drawn to account for current and future student enrollment. The current boundary is unusually large and encompasses neighborhoods growing quickly in population density. The enrollment boom from downtown students has outpaced district growth, growing by 21% over the period 2007 – 2011, versus 9%for overall district enrollment growth over the same period. Downtown neighborhoods are home to over 700 children aged 19 and under. Population of children under 5 years old has increased downtown by 60% between 1990 and 2010, and increased by 27% in Queen Anne for the same period. The growth planned for downtown neighborhoods includes development of over 10,000 residential units in the near term. At this time, 1 in 5 students at John Hay resides in a downtown neighborhood. John Hay simply cannot absorb the growth taking place in both Queen Anne and in the downtown neighborhoods.
How does being overcapacity negatively impact John Hay?
Hallways, the art room, and lunchroom stage have been used as classrooms. Portable classrooms are now on the playground, and have taken away scarce playground space. While portables provide additional classroom space, the infrastructure of the school, such as restrooms and lunchroom, was intended for enrollment closer to 475 students. Even without the downtown neighborhoods, John Hay will still be at capacity.
What is the timeline of a decision by the district on the new boundaries?
During the information sessions, the district will seek feedback on the proposed boundaries. The boundaries will be finalized and introduced at the School Board Meeting on October 16, 2013. The School Board will vote on the final boundaries at their meeting on November 20, 2013. The proposed boundaries may be altered until they are finalized by the Board’s vote.
What about the APP program?
It appears that the north end Elementary APP will continue at the Lincoln interim site until new pathway schools are completed in 2017 (Olympic Hills and Wilson-Pacific). For Middle School APP and other information, please refer to the district’s website.
How can I show support for John Hay’s proposed boundary change?
Send an email to Growthboundaries@seattleschools.org with John Hay in the subject line. Please voice your support as this is a necessary change to improve the overcapacity situation at John Hay. Or, please attend one of the info sessions above to voice your support.
How can I support the John Hay families who will be outside of the proposed attendance area?
Send an email to Growthboundaries@seattleschools.org with John Hay in the subject line and please attend one of the info sessions. When the attendance area boundaries were first implemented 4 years ago, many Hay families found themselves outside of the new attendance area. Siblings of current students that lived outside of the new boundary were not guaranteed a spot at Hay.
What are important “talking points” to add to emails and communicate at meetings?
- We support the new boundary for John Hay
- The new boundary supports the available capacity at John Hay. John Hay is over capacity and trending upward. Four portable classrooms were added last year, and there is no space for additional portables.
- Please grandfather current students that live outside the new boundary to their highest grade (5th for Hay) when implementing the new boundaries.