SEATTLE — The first thing a Seattle elementary school principal told her students is that they are in the same high school.
And that’s what her students and teachers are now saying as the city prepares to close two of its most popular schools in the coming weeks, leaving about a dozen remaining.
The city of Seattle is considering shutting its first high school for students from both schools and is seeking a new charter school to replace it.
Both the Cascade and Eastside high schools will be closed on Dec. 14.
That’s a full week earlier than usual.
The schools’ closure will cause thousands of students to lose access to classes, a school board spokesperson said in an email.
The Eastside is located about 30 miles north of Seattle.
In 2012, Cascade High School, now the only high school in the city, closed after an outbreak of the coronavirus.
The two schools are about 40 miles apart, so the district had to travel nearly 4,000 miles to reach the city.
A handful of students at Cascade are still in school, said principal Katie Oleson.
But the closings will be difficult, and a lot will be lost, said Eastside principal Jennifer Denton. “
We are doing everything we can to help them.”
But the closings will be difficult, and a lot will be lost, said Eastside principal Jennifer Denton.
It will be a major impact on students, teachers and administrators, she said.
“It’s going to affect everyone,” Denton said.
The two schools serve about 5,000 students.
The closure will force about 100 students from each school to leave their school to join the new charter.
Some students will also be unable to get in with their parents.
The district says there are no plans to replace them.
The schools were built in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the Seattle school district was growing.
The school district says the schools have improved dramatically since then.
The closure also comes after a series of high-profile closures across the country.
The U.S. Department of Education announced in May that it would close seven charter schools.
That included five in Los Angeles and four in Houston.