From SPS Communications:
School Choice has ended and waitlists have been dissolved for the 2016-17 school year.
School Choice began February 17, 2016, ended May 31, 2016, and
waitlist moves continued until waitlists were dissolved on August 15,
The August 15 waitlist dissolution date was established to provide
greater predictability around student assignment and minimize staffing
disruption for schools and families prior to the start of school.
Enrollment Planning and Admissions will review this dissolution date
prior to School Choice for 2017-18 and recommend changes if needed.
This year, 5,653 students participated in School Choice and 3,046
students were granted a choice assignment. Although more than 50 percent
of families who participated in School Choice were granted a seat at a
school of their choice, we understand the disappointment that families
may feel if they were not granted a seat at a school of their choice.
As a result of the growth in Seattle Public Schools and the reduction
in elementary school class sizes, choice seats are very limited.
Attendance area schools must ensure that they have sufficient space to
serve the students who live in their neighborhood, and many option
schools across the district have more students who apply for admission
than there are seats available.
To see 2016-17 student assignment information, please visit our assignment look up tool on the Admissions webpage.
If you believe there is an error in your child’s assignment, please see the information on assignment appeals webpage.
You'll note there is no information about space that may be available at any given school. I'll ask but I suspect that any available seats will be held in case someone new comes into the district. I'm not even sure that principals have any discretion anymore.