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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.

    Land Acknowledgement

    We acknowledge that we gather on the stolen traditional land of the Coast Salish Peoples, including all tribes and bands within the Duwamish, Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot Nations. We honor with gratitude the land itself and its original caretakers, who are still here.

    TOPS Primary Contact Information

    TOPS at Seward
    Seward Public School
    2500 Franklin Ave E
    Seattle, WA 98102

    Main Office:
    (206) 252-3510

    (206) 252-3511

    Attendance Office:
    (206) 252-3518
    Please call or email if your student will be absent or late for any reason.

    Principal Amy Schwentor

    Amy Schwentor
    (206) 252-3510
    Twitter: TOPSK8Seattle

    Vice Principal:
    Alex LaRosa
    (206) 252-3510

    Kathy Hanson
    (206) 252-3510

    Volunteer Coordinators:
    Tanya Mertel & Teri Gaines

    Kids’ Company:
    Brenna McGinnis
    (206) 709-8487