Seattle World School (formerly Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center, SBOC) is Seattle Public Schools’ culturally diverse newcomer school dedicated to supporting newcomer students in an orientation setting and ELL High School students studying towards graduation.
Who We Are
The Seattle World School was founded in 1980 in response to a large wave of immigrants from Southeast Asia. Today it is one of only a few schools nation-wide designed as a preliminary educational portal through which immigrant children pass in their quest for academic achievement and full participation in American society. Some students come with extensive schooling, needing only English proficiency and cultural orientation; others have never before attended school. In its 32 year history approximately 8,000 students have attended. Each school year over three hundred students attend Seattle World School. Students come from all over the world. Over thirty languages and dialects are currently spoken at the Seattle World School.
Goals of Seattle World School
To promote respect for our students and their native lands. To provide students with a foundation in English, science, mathematics, social studies, and in critical thinking. To maintain a supportive learning environment. To link students and families with programs & agencies that can assist them To counsel students in awareness of the career choices open to them. To develop healthy self-esteem & positive intercultural relations
In the newcomer program, students have six classes a day: a two period ELD (English Language Development) block, a two period math block, social studies and electives (art, computers, physical education, multimedia or drama). There are daily native language advisory periods in which students receive support with their academic studies.
In the high school program, students with greater needs have two period LA and math blocks. Students who are more proficient take single period classes in their core subjects of LA, math, science, history along with their electives. There are daily grade level advisory periods in which students receive academic support with their studies and projects, and plan for high school graduation and beyond.
In our newcomer program each student is placed into one of two levels based on the results of a nationally normed ELD entrance exam.
Students who test into level 1 usually stay one full year.
Upon completion of the newcomer program, students are welcomed to attend our high school. We offer core credit classes in a small school setting. All of our teachers are ELD certified and speak many of the languages of our students. Our high school focuses on project based learning and students learn 21st century skills.
There are many after-school programs that offer additional support in academic subjects as well as in sports and the arts.
Highly qualified teachers use a variety of research based ELD (English Language Development) methodologies and work in teams to integrate curriculum across subject areas. Teachers at each level have been trained in project-based learning, and students have opportunities for field study. Technology is present in all classrooms, and students use computers to write papers, research the internet, and create PowerPoint presentations. All courses, including electives, are designed to provide opportunities to develop academic English proficiency and meet state graduation standards.