Choice Registration Program

  • Through the Choice Registration Process, families have the opportunity to apply for placement at a school other than their neighborhood school.

    Please review the procedures below regarding Choice, and click on the link to view the timeline and application. Please note that approval of Choice placement is not guaranteed and is based upon space availability.

    Scroll down for more details including:

    • Important Considerations
    • Placement Priorities
    • Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

  • Elyse Finlay

    Educational Service Center
    33330 8th Ave South
    Federal Way, WA 98003

    Email: choice@fwps.org

    Phone: 253-945-2098

Important Considerations

  • One Application One Choice Enrollment Application will be accepted for each scholar.  When multiple Choice Enrollment Applications are submitted for the same scholar, the Choice Enrollment Application bearing the most current date and time will be the application entered into record.

    Transportation Parents/guardians with students enrolled in the Choice program are responsible for transportation to a school outside of the resident service area. 

    Enrollment While Waiting for AcceptanceScholars are expected to be enrolled and attending their current or resident area school while waiting for space to become available for choice enrollment at their requested school.  If or when space becomes available at the requested school, the scholar's enrollment and records will be transferred to the "choice" school upon the parent signing the acceptance letter and contacting the new school.  The office of the "choice" school will notify the parent of their scholar's start date at their school.

    Duration of AcceptanceResident scholars accepted on Choice enrollment will be accepted for the K-12 Continuum. Non-residents are accepted for the grade span of the “choice” school (except Nautilus 6-8 and Woodmont 6-8), contingent upon receipt of Choice Transfer Request from resident district prior to the beginning of each school year.

    Educational Programs (e.g. Cambridge and International Baccalaureate): Acceptance into educational programs does not guarantee placement at the schools where these programs are offered.

    Revocation of Choice Placement by DistrictChoice placement may be revoked by the district for excessive tardiness or absences greater than 10 days, increased enrollment at Choice school causing overcrowding in school, grade, or program. Disciplinary record indicates a history of violent or disruptive behavior (non-resident scholars only). 

    Revocation of Choice Placement by Parent/Guardian
    Should a student desire to return to the school in their assigned attendance area after accepting a Choice placement, the parent/guardian must submit the request in writing to the Business Office.

    Athletic Eligibility (High School Only): Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) athletic eligibility requirements are applicable to all scholar transfers. Approval of Choice Transfer does not guaratee athletic eligibility. Please consult with the building athletic director on all WIAA transfer rules.

Placement Priorities

  • General Priorities

    • Permanent Employee Priority
      • Scholars of permanent employees will have priority placement, pending space availability.
      • Please Note: For schools without feeder patterns, employees must be a permanent employee of that school (i.e. Federal Way Public Academy).
    • Sibling Priority
      • Scholars whose siblings are currently enrolled at the requested School and has a confirmed placement at the Choice school for the requested school year, pending space availability.
    • Resident Priority
      • Scholars who live within the boundaries of Federal Way Public Schools

    Limited-Space Program Priorities
    (Nautilus 6-8, Woodmont 6-8, Illahee 5th grade, TAF@Saghalie 9-12)

    • Current Student Priority

      • Students requesting Choice Enrollment into their resident school’s limited-space program (Illahee Grade 5, Nautilus Grades 6-8, Woodmont Grades 6-8, and TAF Grades -12). Application Priorities (Employee, Sibling, Resident) will be taken into consideration within the category of current student priority.

    • Permanent Employee Priority

      • Scholars of permanent employees will have priority placement, pending space availability.
    • Sibling Priority
      • Scholars whose siblings are currently enrolled at the requested School and has a confirmed placement at the Choice school for the requested school year.
    • Resident Priority
      • Scholars who live within the boundaries of Federal Way Public Schools

Choice Frequently Asked Questions