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

Fri 5/29 Middle School Play, 7pm Janis White
Tues 6/2 Spring Music Concert (10am & 7pm) Mark Oesterle
Thurs 6/11 Middle School Photography & Video Showing, 7pm Don Zemke
Tues 6/16 Last Day of School


  • Online Auction Continues through May
    You can still buy a TOPIC to hang out with other TOPS families. Reserve a spot in one of the many buy-in parties for Grown-Ups, Kids and Families, contribute to the Raise the Paddle: Technology Initiative or bid on a handful of small items. Bid online at
  • Thank You TOPS Staff, Families and Friends!
    Thank you all for your generous participation in the TOPS spring auction as volunteers, donors and bidders! It was a terrific night with great deals in the silent auction and exciting live auction bidding. 
  • Site Council Elections
    Vote for FOUR of these five parents: Michelle Buetow, Leslie Silverman, Doug Hunt and Christy Lesseig. (Each parent may cast his or her own vote).
    If you have any questions, please email
    Vote here: 
    Deadline: Wednesday June 3
  • Donate a Wheelchair?
    Contact Carol Chellino, School Nurse, at (206) 252-3521 or at
  • Play, Create, Discover this Summer at Kids Co. TOPS
    Summer enrollment is now open! Sign up before May 1st for $25 off your first week! Available June 22nd–September 3rd, 7:00 am–6:00 pm or 9:00 am–4:00 pm. Visit to enroll.
  • Art4Kids 2015 Summer Art Camp
    Fused glass, clay (sculpture and wheelwork), drawing, painting, block printing, silkscreen and mixed media!  Register at
  • Game Design Camp – Spring & Summer Break
    Michael Adams is hosting camps at TOPS beginning with a Spring Break Camp. Summer camps: June 22-26, June 29 – July 3, July 6-11, July 27-31. You can come all week or just a day or two. Reserve a spot by emailing:
  • Eric’s Spring Break & Summer Basketball Camp
    Basketball & Gaming Camp summer dates: June 16th – 19th, June 22nd – 26th and June 29th – July 3rd. Contact Eric at or 206-252-3516 for additional information.
  • Ultimate Frisbee! Great camps from
  • Sailing! Contact the Center for Wooden Boats for summer sailing camps.
  • Reminder from Annie in the Lunchroom
    Many students have a negative balance in their lunch accounts and parents are responsible for adding money to the accounts. Thank you!
  • “TOPS Falcons” Spring/Summer sweatshirt order
    A lot of families have been asking for another chance to order a “TOPS Falcons” hooded sweatshirt. Now is your chance to order one. See the current Go Home to place your order!

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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Header photo by Susie Fitzhugh