Board-approved elementary boundary changes

  • Based upon the recommendations sent to the NTPS School Board from the Boundary Review Committee at the May 2, 2023, board meeting, the Board approved the following changes to begin in the 2023-24 school year:

    • Move the southern boundary of Pleasant Glade Elementary School into the Mountain View Elementary School attendance area along Martin Way.
    • Move the southern boundary of Mountain View into the Horizons Elementary School attendance area north of Kapalea Way.
    • Students in this area will attend Komachin Middle School and Timberline High School instead of Chinook Middle School and North Thurston High School. Students can request transfers and follow all transfer rules if accepted. Current NTHS students can stay at NTHS on a guaranteed waiver.
    • Phase out waivers for Meadows, Olympic View, Pleasant Glade, and South Bay Elementary Schools (our largest elementaries), with no new waivers beginning in the 2023-24 school year. Families currently on a waiver to these schools can continue applying annually to maintain waiver status.

    Families affected by these changes will be sent a letter informing them of the change. The Google Boundary Map has been updated and can be used for reference until official sources (including Thurston County's Parcel Search Tool) are updated.

    See changes on our District Google Map >>

About the 2023 Elementary Boundary Review

  • At the January 10 School Board meeting, the Board approved an elementary school boundary review. Board approval was the first step in the process.

    In January 2023, the board approved an elementary school boundary review. A committee of NTPS school staff, family members, and high school students was formed to focus on and review elementary school boundaries in the first half of 2023 and bring any recommendations to the School Board in the spring.

Boundary Review Timeline

    • January 23, 2023 Committee Meeting

      Develop background knowledge; define role & process for committee

    • February 13, 2023 Committee Meeting

      Work session to develop options

    • March 6, 2023 Committee Meeting

      Work session to develop options

    • March 27, 2023 Committee Meeting

      Narrow options for Community Forums

    • April 11, 2023 Community Forum

      Community Forum to gather input, 6:00 pm, Timberline High School

    • April 12, 2023 Community Forum

      Community Forum to gather input, 6:00 pm, Salish Middle School

    • April 17, 2023 Committee Meeting

      Process community feedback, finalize recommendation

    • May 2, 2023 Board Meeting

      Recommendation to the Board

Guiding Principles

  • As with previous boundary reviews, the committee will use these guiding principles:

    • Balanced schools in terms of size and socioeconomic diversity
    • Continuity in the K-12 experience for students
    • Efficient and effective transportation—kids are in classrooms and not buses, and use walk zones when appropriate


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is on the committee?

  • Can I join the committee?

  • Will there be a chance for public comment?

  • What are the current boundaries?