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    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.

    Contact Us

    2500 Franklin Ave E
    Seattle, WA 98102
    Main Office: 206-252-3510
    Fax: 206-252-3511
    Attendance: 206-252-3518 or

    Principal: Amy Schwentor


    Head Teacher: Jenny Gamache

    Counselor: Jennifer Murray

    Volunteer Coordinators: 
    Amy Fahey & Tasha Atchison

    Kids’ Company: 
    Jeneane Kruchoski

    Start Time: 8:55 am
    End Time: 3:25 pm
    Early Release Wednesdays
    Start Time: 8:55 am
    End Time: 2:10 pm

    Lunch K-3: 11:30 - 12:05
    Lunch 4 & 5: 12:00 - 12:30

    Middle School
    1st:  8:55-9:45
    2nd: 9:50-10:40
    3rd: 10:45-11:35
    4th: 11:40-12:30
    Lunch: 12:30-1:00
    DEAR & Homeroom: 1:05-1:30
    5th: 1:35-2:25
    6th: 2:30-3:25