Last winter, voters approved the BEX (Building Excellence) IV levy to help fund Seattle schools. As a result, all Lake City area schools will see changes over the next few years. These include: building improvements, new buildings, addition of portables and boundary changes as the district works to accommodate changing capacities.
Seattle School District is currently seeking input on proposed boundary changes. Visit the district’s Walk the Boundaries website for detailed information (maps of middle school service areas and data maps showing existing APP, Spectrum, and Special Education stats). If you’d like to give feedback on the proposed changes, email GrowthBoundaries@seattleschools.org.
Several meetings are also being held throughout the district. If you’d like to participate, join the meeting this Tuesday at Nathan Hale:
September 24, 6:30–8 p.m.
Nathan Hale High School Commons
10750 30th Avenue NE
(Includes Spanish and Somali interpreters)
What Will the Changes Be?
Olympic Hills will be torn down and rebuilt to a new capacity of 650 students. During construction, Olympic Hills students will attend a newly reopened Cedar Park school.
Renovations at Cedar Park are underway to accommodate interim use by Olympic Hills students. After the interim use, the district plans to maintain Cedar Park as a neighborhood elementary school.
As a result, boundary changes are in the works for all three Lake City elementary schools. Click on the school name to see Draft Growth Boundary maps for each school: John Rogers, Olympic Hills and the newly reopened Cedar Park.
K-8 Programs & Middle School
The Jane Addams K-8 ESTEM progam, currently housed in the Jane Addams building, will be relocated to the Pinehurst/AS-1 site. Plans are underway to tear down the current Pinehurst building and rebuild it to a new 680-capacity school.
The current plan is to co-house both the K-8 and new JAMS program at the Jane Addams site until the new Pinehurst building is ready. This will require addition of multiple portables.
To clarify – the “Jane Addams” name will stay with the current Jane Addams building and refer to the new Jane Addams Middle School (JAMS) planned to open there next year. The current “Jane Addams K-8 ESTEM” program will remain a K-8 school focused on environmental science, but will be renamed when it moves to the Pinehurst site.
The district’s plans to address the current Pinehurst K-8 program are still unspecified. The new Jane Addams Middle School (JAMS) will become the feeder middle school for all Lake City area schools. This includes: John Rogers, Cedar Park, Olympic Hills, as well as Olympic View. Currently, all of these schools feed to Eckstein Middle School.
Highly Capable Programs
The plans also call for changes to the district’s APP program (Accelerated Progress Program), currently housed at Lincoln. Olympic Hills elementary will serve as the pathway for APP students and will then feed into JAMS. This means JAMS will provide the APP option for students within the Jane Addams, Eckstein, and Hamilton Service Areas.