Seattle World School is Seattle Public Schools’ culturally and linguistically diverse school for newcomer secondary students.(Ages 11-20) It is one of only a few schools in the country designed as a preliminary entry point for immigrant children in their quest for academic achievement and full participation in American society.
The school was originally established in 1980 as the Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center
(SBOC). Until 2011 it provided only a basic orientation to English and academic skills. After one to three semesters, students transitioned to neighborhood secondary schools. This program continues to serve newly arrived immigrants and refugees as they begin to learn English as well as math, science, history, and electives. All students in this program take classes to prepare for transfer to a regular middle or high school or to the World School High School
The High School track
was initiated in 2011. It now provides standard academic curriculum that leads to a high school diploma. English language support is integrated with academic courses in a project-based learning environment.
The school has a specialized on-site health center, enrollment center, and family support center. Families are supported to participate in their student’s education and reinforce their academic success. All students have access to extended day academic programs, extracurricular activities, and tutoring six days a week. Volunteers from all over the city make these programs possible. Community agencies also work as partners with the school, providing academic support and bolstering the school’s emphasis on multicultural awareness and respect.