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

  • Kindergarten Play Dates: August 22nd, 3-5pm
    In the lower playground next to the tennis courts.
  • Kindergarten Jump Start : August 18th-August 22nd 9am – 12pm
    We are excited to offer a new weeklong program at TOPS called “Jump Start.”  The specific purpose of “Jump Start” is to ease the transition to kindergarten for students. Even though this program is free and open to all new kindergarten students we are unable to provide transportation.
  • New Family Orientation
    Tuesday, September 2nd  10am-12pm

    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