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 8/28 Kindergarten Play Date, 3-5pm
Tues 9/8 New Family Orientation, 9am to 11am Location: TOPS Library
Wed 9/9 First Day of School
Mon 9/14 First Day of Kindergarten
Tues 9/29 Curriculum Night, 6pm-7pm and 7pm-8pm Location: Classrooms
Tues 10/6 TOPICS Information & Mentor Program Overview, 6pm-7:30pm Location: Library


School Supplies Lists

  • TOPS K-8 JUMP START Kindergarten Transition Week August 17th -21st, 2015
    If your child starts Kindergarten in September, please reserve the week of August 17-21, 2015 (9 am – 12 pm) for Jump Start at TOPS. Jump Start is a half-day Kindergarten “camp” that gives children and their families a chance to learn about their new school. Jump Start is FREE and all new Kindergarteners are encouraged to sign up. Please visit  to learn more and fill out registration forms. Here’s a great video about this program and how to signup: All forms can be returned to our TOPS Kindergarten parent volunteer over the summer — Carrie Barnes, 812 E Shelby St. Seattle, WA 98102 or
  • RESCHEDULED Summer Kindergarten Play Date
    Friday, August 28th, 3-5pm
  • Volunteerism at TOPS
    A big thank you to the hundreds of parents who contributed countless hours this year! TOPS depends on your involvement, so please know your efforts are invaluable.
    Looking ahead to next year, we have vacancies that need filling right away. It’s as easy as emailing to volunteer or find out more information. See the Go Home for specific opportunities.
  • Summer Day Camp at Kids Co. TOPS
    Last Call! Enroll in Kids Co. summer day camp today! June 22nd through Sept 3rd, 7am-6pm or 9am-4pm. Sign up today at or email
  • 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.
  • “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