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    Boundary Change Recommendation to the Seattle School Board

    Updated Nov. 7, 2019

    District staff from Enrollment Planning and Student Support Services presented a Board Action Report (BAR) for introduction to the Seattle School Board on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. The BAR recommended proceeding with boundary change scenario G and to provide grandfathering for currently enrolled students. There were no edits requested by the Board Directors. 

    The School Board vote on the BAR to proceed with change scenario G will take place at the School Board meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. 

    District staff are recommending scenario G because it impacts the fewest residents and because students of color and English Language Learner (ELL) students are not disproportionately impacted. More students will also reside within the walk zone of their scenario G attendance area school.

    Scenario G Map adobe PDF icon

    What happens if the recommendation is approved

    If the School Board approves scenario G, there will be changes to the boundaries of Maple Elementary, Dearborn Park International Elementary, and Rising Star Elementary for the 2020-21 school year. This change moves portions of the Maple Elementary attendance area into the Dearborn Park International Elementary attendance area and into the Rising Star Elementary attendance area.

    There will be changes to the Rising Star Elementary and Wing Luke Elementary boundaries in 2021-22. This change moves a portion of the Rising Star Elementary attendance area to Wing Luke Elementary.

    Grandfathering is included in the recommendation but must be approved by the School Board. If grandfathering is approved, students who are currently attending Maple or Rising Star would be able to stay at their current school until they finish 5th grade.

    Looking ahead

    Approval of this scenario does not rule out future boundary changes in the southeast region. The replacement of the Kimball Elementary building and replacement of Mercer International Middle School may result in additional changes. Additional engagement would take place if Seattle Public Schools considers future boundary changes.

    Resources and contacts

    You can review the maps and background information below and on the timeline page.

    School Board meetings are held at John Stanford Center, 2445 3rd Ave. S. Meetings begin at 4:15 p.m. with public testimony starting no earlier than 5:30 p.m. You can learn about how to sign up to speak at School Board meetings here.

    You can email the School Board Directors and senior staff at

    You may also want to review our Frequently Asked Questions.

    Community Meeting Held

    On Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, a community meeting was held about these potential boundary change.

    This is the presentation from the meetingadobe pdf icon

    These are the scenario maps we discussed at the meeting. Scroll down for more details and information on other scenarios that were considered.

    Scenario D (opens in a new window)  adobe PDF icon   Scenario F  (opens in a new window) adobe pdf icon   Scenario G adobe PDF icon (opens in a new window) 

    Data: Resident Languages by Scenario adobe pdf icon

    Feedback From the Community

    Please note: These comments represent the feedback the district received from community members, they are not data from Seattle Public Schools. Data on students of color, ELL students and walk zone residents in proposed change areas is available on each scenario map, posted above.

    What We Heard at the Oct. 10 Meeting

    This is a summary of the feedback we collected at the meeting on Oct. 10.

    Other Feedback

    We have also been receiving feedback through our online "Let's Talk" feedback form. These tabs have a summary of the feedback we have received.

    What Is Being Discussed?

    School attendance area boundaries sometimes need to be changed to balance the number of students enrolled in each school.

    Potential boundary changes are being discussed for five elementary schools in southeast Seattle: Dearborn Park International Elementary, Kimball Elementary, Maple Elementary, Rising Star Elementary, and Wing Luke Elementary. Maple Elementary is over-enrolled, and nearby schools have or will have space for more students.

    Middle school boundaries match elementary school boundaries, so there would likely be corresponding boundary adjustments to keep all students at each elementary school feeding to the same middle school. This would impact the boundaries for Aki Kurose Middle School and Mercer International Middle School.

    These discussions began in 2018. An update was emailed to families at Dearborn Park International, Kimball, Maple, Rising Star, and Wing Luke elementary schools in June 2019. Families who were not enrolled in those five schools last year would not have received the message. You can review the process by viewing the Timeline.

    Learn About Options for Possible Changes and View Maps

    To translate this Sway presentation into another language, please use the Google Chrome browser. 

    View as an accessible webpage in a separate window.  

    Help us keep in touch

    We use School Messenger emails to provide information on this process.

    • Please make sure your school has your current email address in the district system.
    • Translated messages will be sent to families listing Chinese, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese as their home language.
    • We will also send information through your school.

    If you do not currently have a student at one of the five elementary schools, you can request that we send you updates when we send them to families. To be added to the list, please email and request to be added to the SE list.


    For current school boundary maps, please visit the School Directory