Seattle Public Schools encompasses a large school district with schools serving neighborhoods ranging from North Seattle to areas around UW to West Seattle and down to Georgetown. The district includes preschools, elementary, K-8, middle and high schools, as well as service schools and option schools, including STEM schools, language immersion schools and others.
Overall, the school district has a range of schools in terms of rankings, including some very well-ranked schools as well as some on the lower end of ranking.
The Seattle Public Schools website is pretty transparent with facts about the school district overall and has district scorecards, school reports that detail the performance of each school, school climate surveys, as well as assessment and testing reports. If you want to dig in and figure out which schools best suit the needs of your child, the Performance and Accountability page on the Seattle Public Schools website. You can also check out a visual representation and a simpler view of school rankings at Zillow.com.
While individual schools or even classes may have differences in schedules such as field trips or assemblies, the school district overall shares the same schedule of days off, early dismissals and breaks - posted below.
If there's a snow day or other inclement weather delay, the best way to check if your school is still in session or is delayed is to check local TV stations or radio stations.
For more details, see the Seattle Public Schools inclement weather page.
2016 - 2017 Seattle Public Schools Calendar
September 7, 2016: First day of school
September 12, 2016: Kindergarten first day of school
September 28, 2016: Two-hour early dismissal
October 14, 2016: No school - state in-service day
October 26, 2016: Two-hour early dismissal
November 2, 2012: End of first quarter
November 6, 2016: Set clocks back one hour
November 11, 2016: No school - Veterans Day
November 16, 2016: Two-hour early dismissal
November 21-23, 2016: Parent-teacher conferences for elementary schools and K-8 schools (many elementary schools closed, but check with your school).
November 24-25, 2016: No school - Thanksgiving holiday
December 19-December 30, 2016: No school - Winter break
January 2, 2016: No school - New Year's Day
January 16, 2017: No school - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
February 1, 2017: No school - semester break
February 20, 2017: No school - Presidents Day
February 21-24, 2017: Mid-winter break
March 22, 2017: Two-hour early dismissal
March 12, 2017: Set clocks forward one hour
March 22, 2017: No school
April 10-14, 2017: No school - Spring break
May 10, 2017: Two-hour early dismissal
May 29, 2017: Memorial Day holiday
June 23, 2017: Last day of school - one-hour early dismissal