School Based Investments

Investment Summary

K-12 School-Based Investments provide intensive, supplemental support for select schools within Seattle Public Schools that have high concentrations of historically underserved populations and students not yet meeting grade-level learning standards. Investments are focused on expanded learning, academic support, social-emotional skill development, college readiness programming, and career exploration experiences.

Data below provided from Seattle Public Schools for 2019-2020 school year.

30 School Partners

Partner schools represent 28% of total SPS K-12 enrollment, with 82% students of color (compared to 54% students of color in SPS overall)

89% On-Time Graduation

Four-year graduation rates for levy-funded schools show a seven-point decrease in race-based opportunity gaps between 2018-2020 (includes schools funded under previous Families and Education Levy)

$115 Million

approved FEPP Levy funding through the 2025-2026 school year.

Investment Details

School Based Investment (SBI) partner schools serve as hubs for levy-funded interventions coordinated and delivered by school staff and community partners. Schools receiving Levy funds implement these interventions in two key focus areas:

  1. Expanded Learning and Academic Support
  2. College and Career Readiness

Levy-funded supports and activities include in-class support for students, expanding access and supports for dual credit courses for high school students, and case management for students who face barriers to learning at home or school. 

DEEL will invest an average of $16.4 million annually, with $115 million FEPP Levy funds allocated over 7 years through 2026. Award sizes vary by school.

High Schools

  • Chief Sealth International
  • Interagency Academy
  • Cleveland STEM
  • Rainier Beach
  • Franklin 

Middle Schools

  • Aki Kurose
  • Robert Eagle Staff
  • Denny International
  • Washington
  • Mercer International

Elementary/K-8 Schools 

  • Beacon Hill International
  • Madrona
  • Concord International
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Dearborn Park International
  • Olympic Hills
  • Dunlap
  • Rising Star
  • Emerson
  • Sand Point
  • James Baldwin 
  • Sanislo
  • John Muir
  • South Shore PK-8
  • Kimball
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Leschi
  • West Seattle
  • Lowell
  • Wing Luke

SBI funding is contingent upon services provided and students served. Schools meeting annual performance targets are eligible to receive funding through school year 2025-2026.

DEEL's primary partner in School Based Investments is Seattle Public Schools. Levy-funded schools are also encouraged to partner with various Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in supporting students and providing programming such as leadership development, summer learning opportunities, mentoring, and other academic supports.

Partner Spotlight

"Our partnership with the Department of Education and Early Learning gives us room to think critically and creatively outside the box, and to engage, inform and assist in cultivating the brilliance within our students. During COVID, we had online make-up days where students could meet with their teachers and bring their grades up, and we held virtual events like a college fair and Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and alumni panels to support students' success. DEEL helps us be intentional with our work and hold ourselves to a high standard as we support our students." --Nakeya Isabell, Success Coordinator, Cleveland STEM High School

Nakeya Isabell, Success Coordinator, Cleveland STEM High School Nakeya Isabell, Success Coordinator, Cleveland STEM High School


Education and Early Learning

Dwane Chappelle, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94665, Seattle, WA, 98124-6965
Phone: (206) 233-5118
Phone Alt: Childcare and Preschool: (206) 386-1050
Fax: (206) 386-1900

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