Is anyone else confused by the double Jane Addams’ school names in Lake City? Hopefully this will help…
The Jane Addams Name
It starts with the Jane Addams building, located near Nathan Hale High School. The building itself has been called Jane Addams since its inception in 1949, despite housing different programs over the years, including Summit K-12 and the Seattle Light Opera. It is Seattle School District policy to keep the name of a building, regardless of the program occupying it. Five years ago, the district opened a K-8 program in the building, aptly-named Jane Addams K-8 (or JA K-8). The JA K-8 program is in the Jane Addams building today, but will move next year.
So What’s Changing?
The District needs more middle school capacity, and needs it fast. To make room, the JA K-8 program will be relocated (first to an interim site at John Marshall near Greenlake, then to its final location along Pinehurst Way). Along with the move, the JA K-8 program will be renamed.
Next fall, the Jane Addams building will house a new comprehensive middle school program- and guess what it’ll be called? Jane Addams Middle School (or JAMS)! Middle school students currently living in the Lake City area will be automatically assigned to JAMS; this includes 6th and 7th grade Lake City students currently enrolled at Eckstein Middle School. In fact, families should have already received their enrollment letters notifying them of this.
The confusion comes because there are two schools offering middle school options for fall of 2014, both currently using the Jane Addams name AND both offering informational events in the Jane Addams building!
Unfortunately, district processes take time. The JA K-8’s new program name will not be available until after the open enrollment process has ended, so prospective families must know to select “Jane Addams K-8” on their school choice forms, since it’s an “option” school, not an “assignment” school.
As for JAMS, though the program won’t officially open until the fall, planning is well underway. A principal is in place, staff hiring has begun and future JAMS parents are invited to learn more by attending informational events – in the Jane Addams building.
Where Will My Middle-School Student Go?
That’s up to you. If you live in Lake City your child will be automatically assigned to JAMS. However, you can choose to enroll your student elsewhere, through the district’s school choice enrollment process, happening now through March 7. You can still enroll after March 7th, but students who enroll before then will receive priority.