Who We Are
TOPS (The Option Program at Seward) is a dynamic and diverse K-8 alternative school in the Seattle Public School District, and has been one of the most successful programs in Seattle for the past 35 years. Our curriculum focuses on the integration and transfer of learning from grades K-8. We emphasize mastery in writing and math, as well as in reading, language arts, science, social studies, art and physical education. Themes concerning social justice and compassionate citizenship are woven through the curriculum in every grade. Instructional strategies encourage concept development, visual thinking, problem solving, communication, higher-level thinking and cultural diversity. Responsibility, respect and cooperation form the basis of classroom discipline.
We are committed to educating our students by using an anti-bias, multicultural approach in a safe and stimulating environment. We help all students to learn, to understand and honor diversity, to respect and care for themselves and others, to be responsible, and to achieve a high level of academic excellence. By eliminating the achievement gap, we include students historically underserved by the public school system and help all students to meet or exceed standards.
We are creating a school that empowers students to be active participants, leaders, learners, and contributors to social justice.