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John Stanford International School is an option school. For the latest information on school assignment plans, applying to option schools, forms, and more:

School Information Sessions and Tours

Thursday February 2nd 9:30-10:30 and 5:30-6:30.

2023-2024 Enrollment Info

The Open Enrollment and School Choice period is February 1 – 28, 2023.

Registration for 2023-24 for students new to Seattle Public Schools will be available online starting January 3, 2023.

Enroll your student and fill out an online School Choice form.

School Information Sessions and Tours:
Thursday, February 2nd 9:30-10:30am & 5:30-6:30am.

John Stanford International School is an Option School. This means enrollment is a two step process.

  1. Enroll your incoming student with Seattle Public Schools during Open Enrollment (Feb. 1-28, 2023).  If your student’s home language (or one of their home languages) is something other than English, please indicate this on the enrollment form.
  2. You must also submit a School Choice Form to enrollment services. On your Choice Form, indicate John Stanford International School. School Choice forms will be available on the website on Feb. 1, 2023.
    • Students entering second through fifth grades and students who wish to join John Stanford will be required to pass a language proficiency interview. Families will be contacted by John Stanford International School to schedule this interview.
    • The deadline for on-time submission of the School Choice Form is 11:59 p.m. on February 28, 2023. The form must be received in enrollment by this time, postmarks do not count. If your form is received after this date/time, it will not be processed until after all the on-time forms.

What are the assignment tie-breakers for John Stanford International School?


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does it mean to be an option school?

Seattle Public Schools has a number of option schools that families can request during Open Enrollment. Everyone must apply to attend John Stanford, no one is automatically assigned.

Option schools have a GeoZone, providing priority for students who live near them. Since John Stanford is an International School, we have seats set aside for Native / Heritage speakers. The remaining seats are determined with tiebreakers — siblings of JSIS students are first, GeoZone second, and lottery third.

Will there be wait lists?

We anticipate a wait list for kindergarten and first grade. However, many families who were on the wait list last spring are now in our program.  There are seats designated for native / heritage speakers.  The rest of the seats will be subject to the set tiebreakers.

What if my child is in 2nd-5th grade?

Open spots in 2nd-5th grade can only be filled by fluent speakers of Japanese and Spanish.  These students will need to pass a language proficiency test for enrollment.  There are often openings in these higher grades, so if your student is a fluent speaker, please apply.

What is the student/teacher ratio?

The student/teacher ratio is the same as all Seattle Public Schools – which are subject to contractual and state guidelines.  However, the John Stanford International School community has traditionally provided funding for additional support in the immersion classrooms.

Who is eligible for transportation?

Students assigned to John Stanford International School who live outside the transportation area for John Stanford International are NOT eligible for district funded transportation.

How do I select Spanish or Japanese?

First, seats are filled with Native/Heritage speakers and siblings of current students. Second, families select their preferred language and seats are assigned through lottery.

オプション スクールとは何ですか?

シアトル パブリック スクールには、入学申し込み期間中に、ご家庭で選択できるオプション スクールがあります。ジョンスタンフォードに入学するには全員、入学申請をしなければなりません。自動的割り振られることはありません。

オプション スクールは、GeoZone により生徒がどの地域にすんでいるかにより割り振られます。ジョンスタンフォードはインターナショナル スクールのため、 Native / Heritage speakers 枠が設定されています。残りの席をタイ・ブレーカーで割り振られます。-ジョンスタンフォードに現在在学中の生徒の兄弟 、GeoZone 、抽選の順になります。

ウエイト リストはありますか?

幼稚園、1年生はウエイト リストがあります。昨年春のウエイト リストの多くの御家族は、私たちのプログラムに入っています。しかしながらこれらは、 native / heritage speaker に割り当てられたものです。その残りの席はタイ・ブレーカーによって割り振られます。

もし子供が25年生の場合はどうなりますか?

2~5年生の空席は、スペイン語、日本語の言語能力によります。生徒は言語能力テストに合格しなければなりません。高学年に空席が出る場合が多いので、もしお子様がスペイン語、日本語を話すことができれば申請してください。

生徒と先生の割合は?

生徒と先生の割合は全てのシアトル パブリック スクールと同様です。-州のガイドラインに規定された内容に準します。しかしながら、ジョンスタンフォード インターナショナル スクールのコミュニティーは、従来言語のクラスにサポートの人を置く基金を供給しています。

誰が交通機関を利用できますか?

ジョンスタンフォード インターナショナル スクールの学区以外に住んでいる生徒は、ディストリクトの交通機関を利用できません。

どうやってスペイン語、日本語を選択しますか?

最初にNative/Heritage speakers 、又は現在在籍中の兄弟がいる生徒が選択します。次に各家族の希望が選ばれ、最後に抽選で決まります。

¿Qué significa el ser una escuela opcional?

Las Escuelas Públicas de Seattle tienen una cantidad de escuelas opcionales que familias pueden solicitar durante el tiempo de matrícula abierta. Todos deben de solicitar entrada a John Stanford, nadie automáticamente es asignado.

Las escuelas opcionales tienen una zona geográfica de servicio y eso da prioridad a estudiantes que viven cerca a ellos. Ya que John Stanford es una Escuela Internacional, nosotros tenemos asientos reservados para aquellos que tienen su lenguaje natal ó son descendientes. El resto de asientos son determinados através de desempate – hermanos de estudiantes son primero, zona de servicio es segundo y lotería es tercero.

¿Habra listas de espera?

Nosotros anticipamos tener una lista para jardín de infancia y primer grado. Sin embargo, muchas familias quienes estuvieron en la lista de espera la pasada primavera están ahora en nuestro programa. Hay asientos designados para aquellos de lengua natal y descendientes. El resto de los asientos serán sujetos a desempate.

¿Qué pasa si su niño (a) esta entre 2do – 5to grado?

Espacios abiertos de 2do – 5to grado pueden solamente ser llenados con aquellos que hablan Japonés y Español fluido. Estos estudiantes necesitarán pasar un examen de destreza de lenguaje para la matrícula. Hay usualmente espacios en los altos grados, entonces si su estudiante habla fluentemente, por favor solicite.

¿Cuál es la proporción de estudiante a profesor?

La proporción de estudiante a profesor es la misma como en todas las Escuelas Públicas de Seattle – quienes son sujeto a contrato y guías del estado. Sin embargo la comunidad Internacional de John Stanford tiene tradición de proveer fondos de apoyo adicional en salones de inmersión.  

¿Quién es elegible para el transporte?

Estudiantes asignados a la escuela Internacional John Stanford que viven fuera de la zona de transporte de la escuela Internacional John Stanford NO son elegibles para fondos de transporte.

¿Cómo yo elijo Español o Japonés?

Primero, los asientos son llenados con aquellos de Lengua Natal/Descendientes y hermanos de estudiantes actualmente asistiendo a la escuela. Segundo, las familias seleccionan su lenguaje preferido y asientos son asignados através de una lotería.


Open Enrollment Results Notification

School Choice results will be available online through the Assignment Lookup Tool by April 18, 2023. To use the Assignment Lookup Tool, please enter your student’s ID number and birth date.

Waitlists for the 2023-24 school year will dissolve on August 31, 2023.

If additional choice seats become available, waitlisted students will be contacted by Admissions in waitlist order, to be offered a choice assignment; families will have 48 hours to accept or decline the offer before the next student must be called. Please confirm parent and guardian contact information in the Source is current.

If you need assistance, please contact the Admissions office online or by phone 206-252-0760.


Dual Language Immersion Pathway

John Stanford International School (JSIS) offers a Dual Language Immersion (DLI) pathway in Spanish and Japanese. Students who enter the DLI program will be able to continue in that DLI program into the middle school and high school pathways, guaranteed (if they select that school).

Non-DLI students, with the right amount of language proficiency, may be able to join the DLI pathway in the upper elementary grades, or at the middle or high school level.

Learn more about the DLI pathways at John Stanford International.


Potential Openings for 2023-24

Numbers are subject to change, depending on enrollment of new students or if students transfer out during the school year.

GradeJapanese ImmersionSpanish Immersion
K5252
1st01
2nd01
3rd25
4th34
5th619

2023-2024 Enrollment info for current JSIS families

Registration for 2023-24 for students new to Seattle Public Schools will be available online starting January 3, 2023. Open Enrollment/School Choice period is February 1 – 28, 2023. Enroll your student and fill out an online School Choice form at the Enroll tab on the Seattle Public Schools website.

Current families with incoming kindergarten students:

You must register your child(ren) through the online registration with SPS and then submit a School Choice form during Open Enrollment between February 1 – 28, 2023. Be sure to indicate on the choice form that your incoming kindergartner has a sibling already attending JSIS.

Current John Stanford International 5th graders rising to middle school:

  • If you live within the Hamilton International Middle School boundaries, your child will automatically be assigned to Hamilton IMS.
  • If you live outside the Hamilton IMS boundaries, and you want your child to continue with language immersion at Hamilton, you must submit a School Choice form during Open Enrollment between Feb. 1 – 28, 2023 indicating Hamilton IMS as your choice. This is an automatic guaranteed assignment if you apply during Open Enrollment.
  • If you live outside the Hamilton International boundaries and you prefer that your child attend the middle school assigned to your home address, you do not need to do anything. Your child will automatically be assigned to that school.

Please be aware that transportation to middle school is based on home address. It is possible your child may not be eligible for school bus transportation to and from middle school. If you are in middle or high school and live outside of the school service area you will receive an Orca Card.

Current students thinking about leaving to another school or program (for example, HCC or Spectrum Advance Learning):

Please be aware if you apply to another school and space is available at that school, the district will assign your child automatically during the first phase of choice assignments to that program or school causing your student to lose their existing assignment to John Stanford International. If you have any questions about this, please ask us before filling in the School Choice form.

Families switching to a private school:

All records requests must be submitted to the John Stanford International office at least 10 working days prior to the due date. Please email records requests to johnstanford@seattleschools.org