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


  • TOPS Open Houses Continue – TOPS is hosting several open houses for prospective elementary and middle school students. Please spread the word to any families within the Washington service area that you know. Tour Dates:
    Tues., Feb. 10th, 9:45-11 am, K-5
    Thurs., Feb. 26th, 5:30 – 7 pm, K-5 & Middle School
  • Pickup / Dropoff Feedback from Neighbors: We have received multiple complaints from neighbors and residents on both the Louisa and the Roanoke sides of the school that drop off and pick up have become concerning. Please be respectful and obey parking signs.
  • Save the Date: State of the School: Come hear Dr. Scott give an update about TOPS. You can ask questions and provide feedback.
    Tuesday Feb. 3rd at 6pm.
  • Only Four Topics Left!: Please check your calendars and volunteer to lead or assist!  This program does not happen without a ton of parent involvement – THANK YOU volunteers!!!
    • February 27th, 12:40-2:50pm – groups split into 1st/2nd and 3rd -5th
    • March 25th, 9:30am-12:50pm – groups split into 1st/2nd and 3rd -5th
    • April 24th, 12:40 – 2:50pm – FIUTS International day – need only assistants
    • May 22nd, 12:40 – 2:50pm – groups across 1st – 5th grades
    It takes about 40 parent volunteers each topic so WE NEED YOU!  Email
  • Montlake Community Center Nature & Science After-School Program: Dedicated to inspiring students to develop lifelong connections to the natural world. Single day to full-week programming from 3:00-5:30pm. Students get a walking staff escort from TOPS to the Center. Call (206) 684-4736 to reserve a spot.
  • K-2 TOPS Yoga Club is back! The class will take place on Wednesdays after school in the Staff Room (C201) from 3:15-4:15pm and is $13 per session. Partial and full scholarships are available so please enquire. Contact Sandra Congdon at
  • Planting the Seeds Program: The three day service-learning experience designed for TOPS 8th grade students will be taking place Tuesday, February 10, to Thursday, February 12, 2015. Please contact Cam Sata ( or Akiko Yabuki ( to find out how you can participate.
  • Plymouth Housing Group Food Drive: Please participate in a Food Drive led by the 5th graders to benefit the Planting the Seeds Program at TOPS, our school’s service learning project that helps students learn about homelessness in Seattle. We are collecting non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Plymouth Housing Group. Ends Feb. 10th. Contact Melissa Frondozo‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • Lice! We continue to receive reports of students with head lice. If you would like the school nurse to screen your child privately, please e-mail Carol Chellino RN MPH
    Read more information about lice

Upcoming Dates

Date Event Contact
Fri 1/30 NO SCHOOL
Tues 2/3 State of the School with Dr. Scott (6pm)
Tues 2/3 Next Go Home Deadline (7pm) Elin Martin
Tues 2/10 Planting the Seeds Food Drive ENDS Melissa Frondozo
Tues 2/10 K-5 Open House (9:45-11am)
Thurs 2/26 K-5 & Middle School Open House (5:30-7pm)
Fri 2/27 Elementary Topics Paige Smith

Important Dates from the School District

Update on 2014-15 Transportation and Start-End Times

Map to our Washington Middle School Attendance Area Boundaries

Class of 2013 Class of 2013

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

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