TOPS (The Option Program at Seward) is an alternative K-8 public school dedicated to giving our students a complete education while emphasizing themes of social justice and citizenship.  Our central location and status as an Option school, open to students from all over the city, make for a diverse student population which both complements and demands teaching empathy, acceptance, and responsibility to others.

 TOPS Mission and Vision


Update on 2014-15 Transportation and Start-End Times

Map to our Washington Middle School Attendance Area Boundaries

  • New Family Orientation
    Tuesday, September 2nd

    Who:  Families new to TOPS
    (Kindergarten families will have a separate orientation)
    What:  Opportunity to hear from our principal, Dr. Scott, ask questions, connect with mentor families
    Where:  TOPS library
  • New TOPS Start Times for 2014-2015 School Year
    Kids can be dropped off the earliest at 8:20.
    First bell is 8:35
    Late bell is 8:40
    End of day bell is 3:10

Upcoming Dates

Date Event Contact
Wed 9/3 First Day of School 2014-15


2014 Summer Camps

Eric’s Ever-Popular Sports Camp: June 23-27, June 30-July 4, and July 7-11. Please contact Eric or pick up a form from the main Office.

Art4Kids: Fused glass, clay (sculpture & wheelwork), drawing, painting, block carving & printing, and silkscreen takes place in teacher Luzita Roll's TOPS K-8 art room. Half day or full day options, Monday – Friday, are available during the weeks of June 23 (now full), June 30 and July 7. Before and after care are also available.  Note: new this year, four additional weeks of art camp for 10-15 year olds at our Latona Studio just off I-5, 50th St Exit. Registration available at

Summer Game Design Camps with Michael Adams (game designer who sold 22 games to the likes of Mattel, Hasbro, and Gamewright). Email to reserve a spot in one of the three weeks: July 7-11, July 21-25, or July 28 – August 1 (M-F 9am-3pm, $250 per 1-week camp), or with any questions.

Sailing at the Center for Wooden Boats: Registration is open to students in 2nd grade – 8th grade. Forms can be picked up from Don in the gym office, or email him to request a form: .

Important Dates from the School District

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TOPS at Seward - Seward Public School - 2500 Franklin Ave E - Seattle, WA 98102
Main Office: (206) 252-3510

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Header photo by Susie Fitzhugh