Overcrowding forces school district to restrict enrollment

District won’t consider out-of-district student applications
Aug 02, 2017

For the 13th year in a row, the Mukilteo School District will not accept enrollment applications for students who live outside the district’s boundary.

Overcrowded buildings are once again causing all of the district’s 20 schools to limit new admissions for the 2017-18 school year to just those students who live within the boundary.

With the restriction, all three of the school district’s high schools, all four middle schools and all 12 elementary schools, as well as the new Pathfinder Kindergarten Center, will not take students who live outside of the boundary.

All public schools are required by state law to accept the admission of all students, even those who live outside of its boundaries. Schools can deny admission only if a student has had behavior or attendance issues at his or her previous school, or if admitting the student will add to an already-overcrowded school.

Each year, the district analyzes enrollment forecasts and building capacities from its approved Capital Facilities Plan to determine which of its schools will not have enough room available the following fall. Restrictions are placed on schools where the projected enrollment exceeds the capacity of the building.

The capacity of Kamiak and Mariner high schools is 1,900 students each, while ACES has a capacity of 200. The middle schools have a capacity of 825 students, while the elementary schools have capacities ranging from 437 at Serene Lake to 690 at Horizon.

With the enrollment restriction, out-of-district students already enrolled in any of the schools can continue to attend that school, but the restriction means that out-of-district students currently attending a Mukilteo elementary school would not be able to move up to middle school with his or her current classmates and that out-of-district students attending a Mukilteo middle school would not be able to move up to high school with their current classmates.

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